|Public discussion: The Ombudsman Institution in Bulgaria
|On April 9, 2002, a public discussion on The Ombudsman Institution in Bulgaria took place in the National Assembly. It was organized
jointly by the Union of Jurists in Bulgaria, the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Parliamentary
Information Center and the American Bar Association - Central
and East European Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI). The event was
attended by representatives of the legislature, the executive and
the judiciary, the local mediators of Veliko Turnovo and Stara
Zagora, non-governmental organizations, and the media.|
Mr. Anton Stankov, Minister of Justice, and Mr.
Vladislav Slavov, Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court
and Chair of the Union of Jurists in Bulgaria, opened the
Students from the Parliamentary
Internship Program introduced a comparative legal review on the
Ombudsman institution in different countries. The Draft Laws on the
Ombudsman were presented by the MP's Mr. Ljuben Kornezov,
Ms. Ekaterina Mihailova and Mr. Emil Koshlukov
following the order of their submission to the National Assembly.
Mr. Borislav Belazelkov, Justice at the Supreme Court of
Cassation presented the Concept Paper on the possibilities for
establishment of the Ombudsman institution in Bulgaria developed by
Ms. Lily Kolova, Program Co-ordinator at the Center for
Social Practices, analysed the pilot projects on establishing
the institution in some municipalities carried out by the Center.
Ms. Rada Kulekova, former civic mediator of Mladost region
in Sofia, and Ms. Antoaneta Tsoneva, Public Mediator of
Sofia municipality, shared their experience as local mediators.
Dr. Snezhana Nacheva, Associate Professor at the Sofia University, Mr. Alexander
Kashumov, Program Access to
Information Foundation, Ms. Stela Trifonova, Human
Rights Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Panayot Ljakov, MP from the Parliamentary Group of the
United Democratic Forces, Dr. Silvy Chernev, Chair of the
Court of Arbitration with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and
Industry and member of the CSD Law Program Task Force, Ms.
Theodora Kaleinska, Information Center of the Council
of Europe in Veliko Turnovo, Mr. Vesselin Tsankov,
Institute for Legal Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
also took part in the discussion.
In conclusion the representatives of non-governmental
organizations underlined the necessity of reaching a consensus
among the parliamentary forces for developing a joint platform for
establishing the Ombudsman institution in Bulgaria and its
Copies of the new edition of CSD Civic Defender and Local Civic
Mediators: Concept Paper and Draft Law were distributed among
Full records of the discussion in PDF (228 kb)
Brochure: Civic Defender and Local Civic Mediators: Concept Paper and Draft Law