Conference "Regulatory Impact Assessment for Better Governance"
Bulgaria urgently needs to revise the outdated Law on Normative Acts that was passed some 40 years ago and to consider regulatory mechanisms on the lobbying as soon as possible, said Hristo Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice at the opening of the forum entitled Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for Better Governance held at Hilton Sofia on September 10th, 2014. In the words of the minister the lost legitimacy of Bulgaria’s institutions led to the political crisis, protests and in the end to the upcoming early elections.
The conference gathered together representatives of political parties in Bulgaria, diplomats, foreign experts on RIA, and businesses.
How to perform the impact assessment in Bulgaria, which will be the regulatory body that should control the process and how it would function were topics at focus during the discussion between Mihail Mikov, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Rumiana Bachvarova of GERB, Lutvi Mestan, Movement of Rights and Freedom, and Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria for Citizens Movement.
The rule of law is the path to the prosperity of the Bulgarian society in the words of Bruce Berton, the new Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S Embassy in Bulgaria. He acknowledged the enormous trade potential of our country. At the same time a lot of U.S companies face legislative hindrances to realize their projects that in the end lead to corruptive practices.
Johnathan Allen, U.K. Ambassador in Bulgaria admitted that Bulgaria already has a lot of the tools to make a successful regulatory assessment for transparent governance. All of the political parties have to comply with the rule of law.
U.S. Best Practices on RIA were presented by Alex Hunt, Branch Chief Information Policy, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management Budget. U.K. Best Practices were elaborated by Vera Asenova, EU/Economic Attaché, British Embassy in Sofia.
The conference was a team effort of AmCham Bulgaria, U.S. Embassy, Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and was kindly supported by the U.K. Embassy in Bulgaria, Enterprise Europe Network, the European Commission and AES Bulgaria.
Date(s) - 10/09/2014
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Hilton Sofia Hotel, Musala Hall – Sofia
The United States Embassy in Sofia, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the American Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure to invite you to a conference on “Regulatory Impact Assessment for Better Governance”.
The conference will take place on Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 09:00 a.m. at Hilton Sofia Hotel, Musala Hall.
The conference aims to provoke a constructive dialogue on the need of regulatory impact assessment implementation in the achievement of economic prosperity as well as to present the foreign best practices in this field.
Impact assessment has been implemented in the regulatory processes both in the USA and the EU and is regarded as a key prerequisite for social prosperity, stable democracy and a sustainable business environment.
Bruce Berton, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S Embassy in Bulgaria (tbc)
H.E. Jonathan Allen, U.K. Ambassador in Sofia
Alex Hunt, United States Office of Management and Budget
Lorenzo Allio , Strategic Advisor on Regulatory Reform and Management
Vera Asenova, EU/Economic Attaché, British Embassy Sofia
Both business and political party representatives will present their views on the benefits of regulatory impact assessment.
Invitations for participation have also been sent out to prof. Georgi Bliznashki, Interim Prime Minister, and to representatives of the largest political parties in the country.
Participation is free of charge upon registration at: RIA Seminar Registration
Please note that registration closes on September 7th and only registered in advance participants will be granted attendance in the seminar.