Association

People in Bulgaria are free to form, register and operate civil society organisations without interference in order to promote a range of causes, including promoting human rights and combatting corruption. The European refugee crisis has brought into sharp focus the value of civil society organisations, some of which have closely monitored the situation and provided front-line humanitarian relief to refugees in Bulgaria. A law introduced in 2000 regulates the registration and operation of associations and foundations. Amendments to the law passed a first reading in parliament in 2016. These changes would reduce multiple registrations, and move the responsibility for registration from judicial to administrative authority. Some within civil society have however expressed concern that amendments proposed after the first reading could impose ‘illegitimate control’ over CSOs.