Bulgarian Institutions

InvestBulgarian Agency

InvestBulgaria Agency (IBA) is a government organization, established to attract investment to Bulgaria, to assist project set-up and to ensure successful project development resulting in new jobs, exports and know-how transfer for the Bulgarian economy. It helps potential and existing investors explore the investment opportunities in Bulgaria and carry out greenfield investment projects in the country.

The agency reports directly to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism. As a government institution, it has direct access to all Bulgarian government and local institutions to facilitate the entry and development of your business in the country.

The services provided by InvestBulgaria Agency are completely free of charge. It provides detailed information about Bulgaria as a business location and besides full information assistance, its services include site identification and selection, support with the application for investment incentives, contacts with suppliers and prospective business partners, liaison with central and local government, branch chambers and NGOs. It works with some of the leading consultants in the country, to provide most accurate and comprehensive information and advice about real estate, human resources, and legal inquiries.

URL: http://www.investbg.government.bg/


Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (established in 1895) is an independent, non-governmental organization for assistance, promotion, representation and protection of the business interests of its members, which contributes to the development of international economic cooperation and provides assistance for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria. The activity of the Chamber is based on the principles of voluntary membership, autonomy and self-financing. BCCI seeks to establish straightforward and ethical relations among the business circles.

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the 28 Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry are united in the Unified System of Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry which has about 53 000 members – traders, corporations, associations, etc.

A Council of Sectorial Organisations has been established and operates with BCCI. The Council was established on 14 January 1999. Its main objectives are to facilitate the dialogue between public institutions and businesses , and to balance the interests of sectorial organisations in connection with the main issues related to creating a favourable environment for the development of Bulgarian business. 104 sectorial organizations are members of the Council.

URL: http://www.bcci.bg/english/


Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism

The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism was founded in December 1999 with the National Assembly’s decision to merge the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Trade and Tourism.

In August 2005, the 40th National Assembly merged the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources.

On the 27th of July 2009, the 41st National Assembly added the field "Tourism" to the Ministry of Economy and Energy. The new state institution of the 87th Bulgarian government was named Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism

Ministry of Economy develops the objectives and priorities of the state strategy and implement state policy in field of industry, trade, tourism, privatization and management of state involvement in these areas. Participate in the implementation of integration policy and the foreign economic cooperation.

From December 1999 to July 24, 2001 Minister of Economy Petar Zhotev that performs the functions of Deputy Prime Minister.

Website: http://www.mi.government.bg/en


Bulgarian Red Cross

The Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) is a non-political voluntary organization, part of the International Red Cross movement. Red Cross mission is to support people threatened in disaster and crises and wars, conduct educational activities in the society for the prevention of diseases related to lifestyle (including sexual), and courses for first aid among adolescents athletes and drivers of motor vehicles.

The first structures of BRC are based almost immediately after Liberation of both in the Principality and Eastern Rumelia. BRC repeatedly assists many countries. During the Russo-Japanese War (1904 - 1905) in Russia sent two medical teams. Red Cross volunteers help the wounded in the First World War and the Balkan Wars. During the first phase of the Second World War did organize sanitary and hospital trains on the Eastern Front.

The emblem of the Red Cross movement is on a white background - color negative of the Swiss flag. It is designed to protect the wounded during the war and those who assist them. In Islamic countries logo is red crescent movement and in Israel - a red Star of David.

Among the units of the BRC and Mountain Rescue Service (MRS), which provides nonstop help in the mountains of tourists, athletes and locals.

Website: http://en.redcross.bg/


Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Justice was established by a decree of Prince Alexander Battenberg on July 5, 1879, in which the members of the first Council of Ministers after the liberation of Bulgaria headed by Todor Burmov. Under Section 161 of the Tarnovo Constitution, the Government of the Principality of Bulgaria consists of six ministers, including Dimitar Grekov - first Minister of Justice. Occurred after the 1989 democratic changes in the country were basically regulated by law with the adoption of the new Constitution in 1991, which have become very important unity of structural and functional changes, forming the new organization of the judiciary and setting out the legal reform in the country.

Website: http://www.justice.government.bg/new/Default.aspx


Bulgarian Human Rights

Bulgarian Human Rights (BHR) is a human rights non-governmental organization dealing with human rights in Bulgaria, as well as the rights of the Bulgarian communities abroad. The Association was established in May 2004, with headquarters in Sofia.

Aims and objectives:

1. To organize systematic observations on the situation of human rights in Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian communities abroad.

2. To ensure effective implementation of article 6, paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, according to which shall be no restrictions on the rights or privileges based on race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, beliefs, political affiliation, personal or social status or property status.

3. To prepare materials and reports on the situation of human rights in Bulgaria and to distribute them in the country and abroad.

4. To organize conferences, seminars, public actions and other legal forms of civic activities related to the protection of the Bulgarian human rights.

5. To protect the rights of natural and legal persons of the Republic of Bulgaria and abroad within the limits in which the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria its permit.

Website: http://bgprava.wordpress.com/about/


Ministry of Agriculture and Food

The history of today’s Ministry of Agriculture and Foods starts back in 1879, when in pursuance of Article 161 of the Constitution, as adopted by the Founding National Assembly in Veliko Tarnovo provided for the establishment of seven ministries, including the ministry of common buildings, agriculture and trade.

In 1895 the ministry indulged also with social policy, by forming agricultural funds whose administration and management is in the hands of the ministry itself. After the establishment of the Bulgarian Agricultural Bank in 1904, the ministry takes on the control and supervision on the bank’s activities as well.

With the amendment of the Tarnovo Constitution in 1911, the Ministry of Trade and Agriculture is closed and replaced with the Ministry of Agriculture and State Property. It was headed by Dimitar Hristov, the last minister of the previous Ministry of Trade and Agriculture. The organizational structure of the new ministry includes 6 directorates – agriculture, veterinary, forests, hunting and fishing, waters and state property.

The latest change in the name of the ministry is made in pursuance of a decision of the 40-th National Assembly adopted on 24 April 2008, under which it was renamed Ministry of Agriculture and Foods.

Valeri Tsvetanov is the 71-th Minister of Agriculture in the entire 115-year history of the ministry.

His predecessors include some of the most prominent Bulgarian politicians – Dragan Tsankov, Petko Karavelov, Grigor Nachovich, Ivan Evstatiev Geshov, Andrey Liapchev, Rayko Daskalov, Konstantin Velichkov, etc.

Website: http://www.mzh.government.bg/mzh/Home.aspx


Bulgarian Economic Society

Bulgarian Economic Society (bid) is a Bulgarian organization that existed from 1895 to 1949.

The company was founded on March 9, 1895 and over decades was mainly a forum for discussing matters of economics. [1] Its members are government officials, representatives of the academic and business communities, as well as many public figures and politicians, and its official Magazine of the Bulgarian economic Society's most prestigious forum for economic posts in the country.

At the beginning of its activity BES aims at collecting data on the state of the economy and the promotion of protectionism. During this period, the primary memberships of the Company are civil servants and funding comes mainly from magazine subscriptions, government officials and parasternal enterprises, agricultural funds. [2] hidden or explicit government subsidies to bid continues in coming decades, as this contributes to the fact that many of its members hold important positions in the administration, the Bulgarian National Bank and other state-owned enterprises. However, the bid shall endeavor to maintain political detachment in their activities.

Since the middle of 30s from the activity of the company, most of its members adhere to the time modern corporatist views. The 9th September after the coup in 1944 pro-government politicization becomes even more pronounced. In the summer of 1949 the chairman of the Board Ivan Stefanov submit a proposal for self-dissolution of the company, following the government's policy of its transformation from the Soviet model - the Institute of Economics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Section of the Union of scientists.


Ministry of Environment and Waters

According to Decree N873/19.06.1976 of the State Council the environmental preventing activity was set apart from Ministry of forestry and environmental protection and an Environmental Protection Committee /EPC/, attached to the Council of Ministers /CM/, was created.

An order N126/19.06.1976 of CM determined the goals and approved the numbers and the structure of EPC. The basic tasks of EPC were defined as follows:

A/ Organize and coordinate the elaboration of environmental protection regulatory system;

B/ Coordinate and control the National environmental protecting program;

C/ Coordinate and control the rational utilization of natural resources;

D/ Implement a special control on environmental protection;

By Decree N89/29.10.1976 CM adopts a Regulation of EPC’s functions and goals.

Following Resolution N173 of the National Assembly, published in State Gazette N14/16.02.1990, the EPC was transposed into Ministry of Environment.

Following Resolution N173 of the National Assembly, published in State Gazette N41/23.05.1997, the Ministry of Environment was renamed as Ministry of Environment and Waters.

Website: http://www.moew.government.bg/?&lang=en


Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) is the largest scientific organization in Bulgaria. It is an autonomous state structure that includes research institutes and other independent units. [1] Its members are Academicians (members), corresponding members (corresponding members) and non-members.

Research institutes and individual units of BAS carries out fundamental research, training of personnel, and technological activities.

The Academy was founded originally as the Bulgarian Literary Society (BLS) in Braila, Romania (1869). In 1878 the company moved its headquarters in Sofia and on 13 February 1911 it was renamed the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In EU countries such as research organizations: the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Russia - Russian Academy of Sciences (formerly - Academy of Sciences of the USSR).

Website: http://www.bas.bg/cgi-bin/e-cms/vis/vis.pl?s=001&p=0200