“Participation, Not Predestination!” National Initiative

A national citizens’ initiative “Participation, Not Predestination!” was constituted by participants in the “Making Direct Democracy Work in Bulgaria“ International Conference, held on 25th and 26th February in Sofia. The initiative aims to propose amendments of the Law on Direct Participation of the Citizens in National and Local Governance in order to remove the greatest […]

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“Making Direct Democracy Work in Bulgaria” Conference Held in Sofia

The Bulgarian Association for the Promotion of Citizens Initiative brought together initiative committees of local and national referendums and petitions, civil rights activists, constitutionalists and politicians from Bulgaria, Switzerland and Germany at a conference entitled “Making Direct Democracy Work in Bulgaria” on February 26 in Sofia. “The introduction of a working system of direct decision-making […]


Ridiculous: 2,187 Days Needed to Transfer Slavi’s Show Petition

At the “Making Direct Democracy Work in Bulgaria” Conference, Yordan Ginev, IT expert and business associate, related his experience of transferring the petition of Slavi’s Show in electronic form. Being an advocate of the petition ideas, he undertook to copy the personal data from the signed papers into electronic tables. This task proved nearly as […]


Bulgaria to decide on e-voting*

Next Sunday, on 25 October 2015, Bulgaria will hold a plebiscite on e-voting. Citizens will be asked one single question, i.e. “Do you support the idea to be able to vote from a distance, electronically at elections and referendums?” The popular vote will be taken as a result of President Rosen Plevneliev’s initiative. Originally, the […]

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International Democracy Day on September 15 in the village of Negushevo

On the International Day of Democracy on September 15 our Bulgarian-Swiss team which is working to improve legislation for referendums, visited the village of Negushevo, Gorna Malina municipality, where they had their photo taken with the only monument in Bulgaria on direct democracy built in honor of the successful local referendum against opening a stone […]


Modest Amendments Made in the Law on Direct Participation

On 21 July the National Assembly passed few slight amendments to the Law on Direct Participation of the Citizens in National and Local Governance, namely: Bulgarian citizens residing abroad will be allowed to vote in national referendums; referendums and political elections could be called on the same day; the national initiative threshold has been reduced […]

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Direct democracy fell victim to partisan haggling in the National Assembly

The prepared democratic changes in the referendum law fell victims to the offensive tactic of the political party of GERB for raising a parliamentary majority for changes in the judicial system. Said majority relies on some close frienships with the party of DPS and that party being “the guarantor of our European orientation” do not like […]


15 years access to public information

The law on access to public information has turned 15 years (promulgated on July 7, 2000). Our colleagues from the program “Access to Information” commemorated the occasion with a special press conference. During those years, the law has become an important tool for public pressure for transparent and accountable governance and AIP lawyer and expert […]

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A petition: “Do not touch the Evin beach” in Burgas, Bulgaria

The nudist beach in Bourgas is in danger of moving to a remote location because of the concessionaire plans “Correct-Mladenova” Ltd. to use the terrain to create entertainment places. More than 200 women in Burgas made a petition in defense of the Evin beach. The initiators Elena Mavrova, Diana Ilieva and Tatiana Karagyozova delivered the […]


A petition “We will not pay for dirty water” Byta, Panagyurishte

In the City Council in Panagyurishte was submitted a petition of residents of the village Byta, said Radio “Focus” – Pazardzhik. Signatures are 116, and the document is more like a declaration in which the villagers say “We will not pay for for dirty water.” Local authorities have talked with the water supply and sewerage-company and […]