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Amendments to 142 Acts Aim to Digitalise a Large Number of Administrative Services for Citizens and Businesses

 

The Council of Ministers plans major amendments in the model of administrative service. The move aims at reducing the administrative burden and improving the administrative services to citizens and businesses. Public consultations have already been conducted and amendments to a total of 142 different acts are foreseen. These changes are expected to affect the entire Administrative Procedure Code.

The changes are about to considerably reduce the need for citizens and businesses to submit paper documents to different governmental and municipal authorities. The departments will exchange all the necessary data, documents and information available electronically in the public state and municipal registers. Citizens and businesses will only need to submit personal or business information required by administrators to officially request the data.

Тhe documents that will be subject to official check include commercial registration, registration of non-profit legal entities, registration of BULSTAT, documents entered into the Commercial Register such as annual financial statements, announced company acts and articles of association, tax, insurance and customs liabilities, registration of certain education and qualification, data on ownership and established rights entered in the Property Register, data on personnel under labor contracts, available building permits, building use permits, cadastral data, certificates of criminal record, etc.

The new requirements for official obtaining of information in the provision of services will apply not only to state and municipal administrations but also to private organizations providing public services in such spheres as education, health, water and sewerage, heat supply, electric power transmission, electric power supply, electric power distribution, gas supply, telecommunication, post, transport, banking, insurance, pension, social organizations, etc. Official checks will also be carried out by the so called “persons performing public functions”, such as notaries, bailiffs, registration organizations, etc. They all will be able to check the tax, legal, insurance and other statuses by themselves, and their customers won’t be required to provide paper copies.

The planned amendments will be made in a move to digitalise a large number of services to citizens and companies and their to transform them into internal administrative inquiries.

All views and opinions expressed on the proposed legal amendments are published on the Public Consultation Portal.

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