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 […]


Bulgarian parliament continues the debate on direct participation

The second reading of the amendments to the direct participation of citizens in government and local government started with a debate on whether not to include an explicit statement about referendums that there cannot be referendums on basic constitutional rights. The occasion was the unclear proposal for change in the law made by MP Georgi Kadiev […]


Electronic summons in Bulgarian courts

Effective system of electronic summons will introduce the Supreme Judicial Council with a special project supported by the Norwegian programme. The project aims to achieve practical implementation of electronic summons, which otherwise is provided as an option in our legislation. Before starting the project rules on the servicing of electronic summons were also developed in 95% […]


Was а financial referendum possible under socialism?

In connection of the opening of a sports facility in Dryanovo – June 29 this year opened a new Sports Hall, we learned that its implementation has begun with a referendum back in 1986 i.e. under socialism in Bulgaria. Then in Drianovo was held a local referendum about monetary part of the population to 1.5% of the income of […]


Measured was the attitude towards the upcoming referendum in Bulgaria

Sociological agency “Median” published results of its own survey of public opinion and political attitudes conducted in the country during the month of June. It included questions on the upcoming referendum on the electoral reform. Here are the findings of the agency in response on the referendum: Expectations that a possible referendum (with the local […]

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Judiciary Committee approved the referendum of the president Plevneliev

Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs approved days ago the proposal for a national referendum with the questions of the president Rosen Plevneliev, namely: Are you in favor of MPs to be elected majority? 2. Do you support the introduction of compulsory voting in the elections and national referendums? 3. Do you support to be able to […]

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Proposed referendum in Kardzhali, Bulgaria

At the beginning of July in the City Council – Kardzhali was officially submitted a proposal for  a referendum, reported the newsppaper New life. Initiators are the councilors of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (7) in Kardzhali. They offer a vote on the following question: “Do you support the establishment of Kardzhali in a separate municipality?”. […]