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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 against the destruction of the Danube bank, Ryahovo, Ruse

People of Ryahovo are complaining against digging gravel from the bottom of the Danube outside the designated perimeter. They are worried that because of unregulated activities Danube beach has decreased dramatically and in the river appeared huge pits each 3-4 meters deep. And a year ago the coast near Ryahovo a project for half a […]


A public consultation was launched on the European energy system

The European Commission proposed a package of measures to transform the European energy system. On 15 July, the Commission launched a public consultation on the measures. The aim for the future is to reach energy alliance and effective climate policy in the EU. The Commission believes that citizens should be at the center of the […]


Procrustes’ bed of Bulgarian referendums – can we see the end of it?

In Greek mythology, Procrustes (Προκρούστης) or “the stretcher [who hammers out the metal]”, was a rogue smith and bandit from Attica who physically attacked people by stretching them or cutting off their legs, so as to force them to fit the size of an iron bed.  In later tellings, if the guest proved too tall, Procrustes would amputate the excess length; nobody […]


Irresponsible actions of the institutions on the Samokov’s petition

The Initiative Committee on convening a referendum on a planned landfill in the municipality of Samokov delivered on June 16, the City Council a petition with 4123 signatures in support of the referendum. Upon verification of signatures, it appeared that the verifing body has filed  wrong instructions to the Steering Committee and as a result […]