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Promoting Integrity through the Reform of the Administrative Penalty System of Bulgaria

Building a Comprehensive and Coherent Legal Framework

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This report analyses Bulgaria's legal framework for administrative penalties. Administrative penalties are crucial for ensuring accountability in the public administration. The report assesses the subjective scope of their application, the typologies and levels of administrative penalties, and the proceedings for applying them. The report highlights relevant good practices from other EU Member States, and provides recommendations on how to address key challenges as well as legislative proposals for building a comprehensive legal framework.

English Also available in: Bulgarian

Foreword

Administrative penalties are an important way to enforce compliance with legal instruments and regulations, and can apply to many areas of public administration, including procurement, environment, real estate, competition law, regulation of markets (energy, financial services, transport), and consumer protection. However, the entire process of enforcing laws and regulations through administrative penalties is subject to integrity risks, from ascertaining a violation, to imposing a sanction or deciding on appeals.

English Also available in: Bulgarian

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