20 years together

March 2008

31 March 2008

On March 28-30, 2008 Mr. George Dimitrov, Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, was a speaker at a seminar on E-Mediation of Criminal Justice: Internet Crime Reporting which was held in Preston, UK. The European Science Foundation, an association of 77 members devoted to scientific research in 30 European countries organized the event with the aim of developing theoretical and methodological approaches to internet crime reporting.  In his capacity as a chairman of the Center for Law of the Information and Communication Technologies, Mr. Dimitrov presented a report on E-mediation of Criminal Justice in Bulgaria. The report looked into developments in non-formal procedures and procedures implemented by the judicial and the administrative authorities including the E-governance Act. ***

On March 19, 2008 the Supreme Administrative Court of the Republic of Bulgaria ruled that the Commission for Protection of Competition's decision on levying sanctions against the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC) for price squeeze between the wholesale prices offered by the BTC to competitive telecoms and the retail prices of the telephone services offered to end users remains valid.

The Commission for Protection of Competition's decision dates back to September 2006 following an application from the Society for Electronic Communications (SEC), the association of the alternative telecom operators. To protect its interests, SEC engaged Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm. Analysis shows that the ratio between BTC's wholesale and retail prices does not allow new operators to compete effectively.

The decision of the Supreme Administrative Court is final and not subject to appeal. ***

On March 13, 2008 the National Assembly adopted a Ratification Act for Convention No 122, 1964, of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Founded on 11 April 1919 ILO is a specialized agency of the UN with headquarters in Geneva. Social justice and protection of workers’ rights is the primary mission of ILO, which in 1969 received the Nobel Peace Prize. 180 countries, including Bulgaria, are members of the organization.

Convention No 122 has been ratified by all member-states of the EU and is one of the priority conventions of ILO. It aims promotion of economic growth and development and overcoming of unemployment. The Convention binds each member to lead politics the purpose of which should be ensuring of favorable employment. Being well-instructed in his/her job, an employee should have the opportunity to acquire qualification and to employ his/her abilities and talents in the work regardless of race, color, sex, religion, political views, national or social origin. The application of such politics should be in compliance with the specific national conditions and practices. A country which has ratified the Convention should follow the respective purposes through methods consistent with its national resources.***

In March, 2008 Mr. George Dimitrov, Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, was included by Order of the Minister of Justice in the permanent panel of experts at the Ministry of Justice, which performs verifications, observation and analysis of the activity of the Registry Agency in relation to the commercial registration. The panel proposes improvements of the legislation and the organization of the administration, maintaining and development of the electronic commercial register with regard to the identified practical problems – delay of processing of documents, impossibility for submission of applications as proxy of representatives, etc. In answer to the practical difficulties when applying the actual legal regulation of the commercial register, a Bill for Amendment and Supplement of the Commercial Register Act has been introduced to the Parliament.***

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