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ACCC/C/2012/76 Bulgaria

Case status: Findings adopted on 09.10.2015 – Non-compliance found.
Follow-up: On-going; see Decision VII/8d, Decision VI/8d.
Topics: Access to justice.
Articles alleged: 9 (4).
Articles considered by the Committee: 9 (4).
Articles, if any, found in non-compliance: 9 (4).
Summary: On 25 July 2012, the Bulgarian non-governmental organization Balkani Wildlife Society submitted a communication to the Compliance Committee alleging a systemic failure of Bulgaria to comply with article 9 (4) of the Convention. The communication alleged that the Party concerned failed to meet the Convention’s requirements regarding injunctive relief with respect to challenges to environmental permits issued under three European Union directives: the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive; the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive; and the Habitats Directive. 

Document Status Date received or posted by the secretariat
Datasheet ACCC/C/2012/76 Latest datasheet on the status of the communication 14.05.2013
Determination on admissibility At CC-38 28.09.2012
Communication From the communicant 25.07.2012

Annex 1

Annex 2

Annex 3

Annex 4

Annex 5

Annex 6

Annex 7

Annex 8

Annex 9

Annex 10

Annex 11

Annex 12

Annex 13

Annex 14

Annex 15

Annex 16

Annex 17

Annex 18

Annex 19

Annex 20

Annex 21

Annex 22

Annex 23

Annex 24

Annex 25

Annex 26

Annex 27

Annex 28

Annex 29

Annex 30


From the communicant 25.07.2012
Letter to the Party concerned forwarding the communication From the secretariat 30.10.2012
Letter to the communicant From the secretariat 30.10.2012

Response to the communication (cover letter) and Annex (Court ruling of 8 September 2012 in Bg)

From the Party concerned


Letter to the Party concerned and the communicant for the hearing at the Committee's 41st meeting

From the secretariat 22.05.2013
Letter to parties after the Committee's 41st meeting From the secretariat 09.07.2013

Letter answering questions after the hearing at the Committee's 41st meeting

Enclosure A - translation in English of the following annexes to
the original communication:

Annex 6, Annex 8, Annex 31, Annex 32, Annex 33, Annex 34, Annex 35

Annex 2 Table on recent cases

Annex 3 Oral statement at CC41

From the communicant 21.08.2013
Information provided after the hearing at the Committee's 41st meeting From the Party concerned 22.08.2013
Letter to Party concerned and communicant enclosing draft findings for comment   From the secretariat 04.09.2015
Comments on the Committee's draft findings From the Party concerned 02.10.2015
Comments on the Committee's draft findings From the communicant 02.10.2015
Administrative Procedure Code (English version) From the Party concerned 01.03.2016
Findings and recommendations with regard to communication ACCC/C/2012/76 concerning compliance by Bulgaria ENG FRE RUS