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The Center for the Study of
Democracy Law Program has prepared the edition “Ombudsman
Institution – Concept Paper and Draft Law for Bulgaria. Foreign
Legislation”. The publication, which is a part of the CSD Law
Program project for introducing the People’s Defender and Civic
Mediators institutions in Bulgaria, is published with the
assistance of the Information and Documentation Center of the
Council of Europe in Sofia.
The collection contains a Concept Paper on the legal opportunities for establishing these institutions in Bulgaria,
together with the draft Law on the People’s Defender and Civic
Mediators, both worked out by the experts to the CSD Law Program.
It offers an accessible set of rules by which citizens can observe
and respond to the new challenges in society in a period of
considerable changes in this country.
Introducing the Ombudsman institution means that
Bulgaria is becoming a more democratic and civil rights respecting
state. The institution is a successful mechanism for human rights
defense with a strong emphasis on the principles of good
governance. The publication is aimed to acquaint the public with
the characteristics and the significance of the institution by
offering a short overview of its development in various countries
together with a comprehensive analysis on the Bulgarian environment
to be established in as well.
The edition includes foreign Ombudsman Acts, which
served as a basis for drafting the Law for Bulgaria. They are both
from countries with strong traditions in this area (Sweden, Canada
and Spain) and from transition countries, in which the institution
has been recently established (Poland, Hungary, Macedonia and
The complete set of legislative acts on the European Ombudsman is also included. Knowing more about this particular institution is of great importance for Bulgaria’s continuing efforts for European Union accession.
The book is an essential reading for lawyers, public administrators, politicians, newcomers to the legislative world, who need to maintain their edge at the front of developments in society.