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IRIS 2012-8:1/12

Bulgaria

Change of the Statute of Legal Terms of CEM’s Administration

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Rayna Nikolova

New Bulgarian University

On 18 May 2012, the Bulgarian Radio and Television Act (RTA) was amended and supplemented. The amendments came into effect on 1 July 2012. In accordance with the amendments, the Council for Electronic Media (CEM) is assisted in the performance of its activities by an administration, carried out by civil servants and persons working under employment contracts regulated by the Labour Code. Its structure is self-defined according to the funds provided for the relevant year. The Act on Administration will be applicable to the administration of the CEM, unless otherwise provided in the RTA.

Members of the CEM will keep their current legal status (equivalent to the status of employment under the Labor Code). According to the amendments to the Law on Civil Servants, the salary rates of employees should be maintained at the previous rates. Appointments are to be made on the authority of the chairperson of CEM. Under Article 10 of the Law on Civil Servants, officials of the administration with less than 14 full years of service for the media regulator are required to attend a competition for appointment.

References
Закон за радиото и телевизията BG
 http://merlin.obs.coe.int/redirect.php?id=16008
 
  Radio and Television Act, consolidated version, last amendment published in State Gazette (SG) № 38 of 18 May 2012