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Registration System Reform Process
 
In the beginning of 2002 the CSD Law Program started exploring the opportunities for reforming the system of official registries in Bulgaria. The shortcomings of the present registration system have often been pointed out by the business community as an obstacle to the growth of business and a source of corruption. The reform of the registration system would increase its efficiency and would minimize the unregulated practices accompanying registration and obtaining information. The overcoming of the dismal state of official registers in Bulgaria is also believed to have far-reaching anticorruption effects.

In April 2002 the CSD Law Program launched a project with the objective to develop a feasibility study of the opportunities for reforming the registration system in Bulgaria. A Task Force was formed consisting of lawyers experienced in commercial law, and in the field of information technologies and their legal regulation who analyzed the existing situation in Bulgaria and the international experience in the field of development and operation of modern centralized electronic registration systems. The project was implemented in close cooperation with the Minister of Justice who expressed his support to the initiative.

On August 4-8, 2002, a Bulgarian delegation made a study visit to Norway with the purpose to examine the Norwegian experience with the development of modern registration systems. The members of the delegation visited Norway Registers Development (NRD) and the Bronnoysund Register Centre (BRC).

On the basis of comprehensive research the CSD Task Force prepared a feasibility study entitled Opportunities for Development of Central Register of Legal Entities and an Electronic Registries Center in Bulgaria. The study examines the current situation with official registries in Bulgaria and analyzes the possibilities for reforming the existing registration system in the country outlining the necessary steps to be undertaken for the introduction of a modern registration system. The full text of the feasibility study together with a selection of materials on the registration systems in other European countries collected in the course of the research work were published in a brochure entitled Reforming Judiciary in Bulgaria: Towards the Introduction of Modern Registration System. The brochure was put together with the objective to provide useful information in the process of designing the legal basis for the reform and was disseminated among the stakeholders and other interested organizations and experts.

On September 20, 2002, the conclusions and recommendations of the CSD Task Force were discussed at a workshop on Reforming Judiciary in Bulgaria: Towards the Introduction of Modern Registration System with the participation of CSD Task Force members, Norwegian experts, representatives of governmental institutions, NGOs, and the business community.

Current state of the Bulgarian registration system
Proposal for the organizational structure of the Electronic Registries Center (ERC). Registration and certification procedures
 
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