20 years together

Novelties in the Personal Income Tax Act

Amendments to the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) are to come into force as of 1st January 2019. These amendments could be classified in several major groups: 1. Amendments concerning tax reliefs for young families, children and children with disabilities The other parent is no longer required to submit a written declaration for the purpose of claiming the respective tax... view more


Personal data are key business asset

Martin Zahariev, PhD, comments in the morning block of Bloomberg TV “Business start” view more


Bulgarian Energy Holding fined by EC for abuse of dominant market position

By its decision of 17th December, 2018, the European Commission has imposed a fine of EUR 77,068,000 on the Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (BEH), its gas supply subsidiary Bulgargaz EAD and its gas infrastructure subsidiary Bulgartransgaz EAD. The fine has been imposed for blocking competitors’ access to key gas infrastructure in Bulgaria in breach of Art. 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning... view more


Amendments to the Local Taxes and Fees Act: New vehicle tax system. Fewer reporting obligations.

As of January 1, 2019, amendments to the Local Taxes and Fees Act shall come into effect and these amendments shall refine the existing public relations by correcting inaccuracies and incompleteness of the current legal framework in order to ensure accurate and uniform application of the law. 1.         Amendments concerning the real estate... view more


Draft of the First Code of Ethics in the Telecom Sector presented

The telecommunications industry in Bulgaria will soon have its own Code of Ethics. A draft of this first of its kind document for the sector was developed by atty. Hristo Nihrizov and atty. Nikola Stoychev, experts in the field of Telecommunication Law at Dimitrov, Petrov and Co. Law Firm and the Law and Internet Foundation. The document is a result of in-depth research and analysis of the... view more


Changes in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive protect the consumers against harmful content and foster European productions

On November 6, 2018 the European council adopted the third amendment in Directive 2010/13/EU concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive). The new rules will introduce equal requirements for viewer protection with regard to media service providers' programs, regardless of the type of service they provide or the platform they use. For... view more



On 13th November 2018, the new Cybersecurity Act (the CA) was promulgated in State Gazette. The CA is the first comprehensive piece of Bulgarian legislation in the area of cybersecurity. It was adopted in order to implement the requirements under Directive 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network... view more


Att. Desislava Krusteva is a panelist in the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

From 22nd to 26th October 2018, the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) will take place. This is the most prestigious event for exchange of ideas, practice and analysis of the global trends in the private data protection. This year the conference is focused on the ethical aspects of personal data processing in the digital era and will take place... view more


Тhe Commission for Protection of Competition with heavy sanctions for non-cooperation during investigations

The sanction imposed on Speedy AD by the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) for not providing thorough and accurate information in relation to the acquisition of Rapido Express and Logistics OOD has reminded of the considerable sanctioning powers the Commission has. In this particular case, the sanction imposed on Speedy AD is within a concentration procedure. Although it has been... view more



The second ICC regional conference on practical issues in construction dispute resolution and dispute avoidance was held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 27th and 28th September 2018. The event hosted more than 50 eminent practitioners and speakers who shared their experience on different mechanisms and techniques for dispute resolution and dispute avoidance in the area of construction... view more