24 March 2020 – New Emergency Measures and Actions Act passed

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Corrections / Justice, Finance/Economy, Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Local Government, Military, Private Sector and Businesses, Police and Interior Affairs, Supply Chains
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Bulgarian Government

Overview: The Bulgarian State Gazette has published the State of Emergency Measures Act. The new law provides for measures and actions in different areas during the time of the state of emergency. Some of the important measures: Employers will only be able to place staff on paid leave; they are also required to provide safe working conditions. Business trips are stopped. The military can apply emergency measures, carry out identity checks and stop traffic. Until the state of emergency is lifted, the consequences of delayed payment of interest owed, such as interest and penalties, shall cease to have effect. Constraints and time limits in pending cases are stopped. Notary proceedings are restricted to the most urgent ones. All announced public sales shall be suspended. The validity of identity cards and driving licenses shall be extended by 6 months. The deadline for payment of electricity bills is extended from 10 to 20 days.
Full details here: https://dv.parliament.bg/DVWeb/showMaterialDV.jsp?idMat=147150

Type of Justification: No justification given