Conference on the Rule of Law, July 8th
President of Bulgaria: Trust Deficit Should Motivate the Political System for Action
“The rule of law is the most important priority for Bulgaria today. Without respecting the law neither the freedom of the individual, nor a business initiative can be guaranteed,” stressed Bulgaria’s President Rossen Plevneliev at the forum on the rule of law organized by AmCham Bulgaria, German-Bulgarian Chamber and the Austrian Business Council on July 8th, 2014. The conference gathered more than 200 participants.
“Our country still has a problem with the adherence to the rule of law, and now this problem can not remain hidden”, said the president. He called for pragmatism and recognition of the achievements during the past 25 years since the democratic changes in Bulgaria.
“We made mistakes, but we made the right civilization choice. Now, 25 years later, the fight is going on the other fronts – rule of law against dependent justice; free media against propaganda machines; thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises against a handful of oligarchs; institutions serving people against those serving lobbyists; tolerance within the different faith against all extremists; between modern patriotism and false nationalism, as we see today in Europe, ” further said the president in his speech.
The trust deficit in the society should activate the political system, not weaken it. There is a need of change in the approach – principle coalitions respected arrangements, clear commitment, successful reforms, not delaying and worsening of the problems. According to the president, an active civil society in many countries, including Bulgaria, shows that people want a clear request for change. “This is an extremely positive public energy and am grateful to the civil society in Bulgaria,” said Rosen Plevneliev.
Among other conference speakers were Marcie B. Ries, Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E. Gerhard Reiweger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, James Silkenat, President, American Bar Association, Director & Vice President of the World Justice Project and Dr. Christian Humborg, Executive Director, Transparency International Germany, Elizabeth Stong, US Bankruptcy Court, New York, representatives of the business, diplomatic corps, governmental institutions non-profit organizations, and media.
Date(s) - 08/06/2014
Sofia Hotel Balkan
The American Chamber of Commerce, the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Austrian Business Circle
have the pleasure to invite you to a half-day conference:
Rule of Law: Fundamental Principle for a Sustainable Business Environment
The conference will take place on July 8, 2014, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m., at the Sofia Hotel Balkan
Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
H.E. Marcie Ries, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria
James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association & Director & Vice President of the World Justice Project
Dr. Christian Humborg, Executive Director, Transparency International Germany
Elizabeth S. Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
All three chambers believe that the need to ensure high standards in the regulatory environment, law enforcement and judiciary, the open and active dialogue between business, government, and civil society, and the proper governance of key areas of the economy are crucial for the development of sustainable business environment in the country.
Main topics for discussion:
- Rule of Law: a driver for economic growth and FDIs
- Predictability, Accountability, and Transparency for Better Business Environment
- Enhancing Business Confidence through Good Governance
For questions, please contact the AmCham office at: 02 974 27 43,44, or email [email protected]