Bulgarian President Approached the Constitutional Court Due to Changes in the Administrative Procedure Code

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev approached the Constitutional Court due to changes in the Administrative Procedure Code. NOVA TV reported this and added that the request to the Constitutional Court was to declare separate texts that are unconstitutional and inconsistent with the international treaties.

The President points out that through these changes, basic principles such as transparency and publicity will be broken. As an example, the amendments to the Code introduce the principle of closed hearings in front of three members of the Supreme Administrative Court as a second instance and found them to be inconsistent with the Constitution and international treaties.

The right of every person to examine publicly his case is explicitly mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

In addition, the Head of State also disputes the type and amount of court fees. Radev comments that they are part of the guarantees of access to justice and the full realization of the rights of the defense. The proposed ones are inconsistent because they do not meet the social and economic conditions, the level of income, and the inflation in the country.

According to the president, the taxes increase 14 times for individuals and legal entities and 74 times for non-profit legal entities, and this will make it more difficult to appeal.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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