November 20, 2002
by the local authorities' representatives – participants in the Workshop on
Establishment of Ombudsman Type Institutions on Local Level in Bulgaria. Practice and Prospectives,
organized by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria and the Center for the Study of Democracy
The local authorities' representatives – participants in the workshop,
Having in mind the long established public model of relations between citizens and institutions in the European countries;
Recognizing the civil society's role and significance for developing the democratic processes;
Determined to establish democratic relations and active dialogue on all levels of government – central authorities – local self-government – citizens;
State their will and ambition to seek and apply different forms for implementing democratic government, requiring active civic participation;
- The speeding up of the legislative process and the adoption of a Law on the Civic Mediator (Ombudsman), regulating the statute, general principles, powers, term of office, procedure and organization of its activity.
- The legal introduction of the Civic Mediator (Ombudsman) institution on central and local level by assuring the necessary financial resources through the corresponding budgets.
Sofia, November 20, 2002