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ESTABLISHING THE OMBUDSMAN INSTITUTION IN BULGARIA:

LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS

 

 

Organized by:

Information and Documentation Centre on the Council of Europe - Sofia

Center for the Study of Democracy

 

 

Sofia, May 14 1998

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

 

9:30 Registration of participants

10:00 Opening of the conference

Welcoming on behalf of the organizers: Mr. Boyko Todorov, Director, Information and Documentation Centre on the Council of Europe in Sofia

Welcoming remarks by Mr. Mark Neville, Head, Section responsible for relations with countries from Central and Eastern Europe, Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe

10:10 The Council of Europe experience in assisting the CEECs in establishing ombudsman institutions

Mr. Mark Neville, Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe

10:30 The Danish experience in setting up and running the ombudsman office

Ms. Birgitte Lundblad, Danish Ombudsman Office

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 The Hungarian experience in setting up and running the ombudsman office

Mr. Jeno Kaltenbach, Parliamentary Commissioner for Ethnic and Minority Rights, Hungary

11:45 Presentation of the task force concept paper

Dr. Maria Yordanova, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Democracy

12:00 Discussion

12:30 Lunch break

14:00 Plenary session (continued)

Chairperson of the session: Ms. Kina Chuturkova, judge, Supreme court of Cassation

The Ombudsman Institution and the Euroropean Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Mr. Christo Georgiev, Head, Multilateral Cultural Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ombudsman Institution and the constitutional guarantees for the human rights under the Bulgarian Constitution

Prof. Evgueni Tanchev, Law Faculty, Sofia University "St Kl. Ohridski"

Judge Alexander Arabadjiev, Constitutional Court

15:30 Coffee Break

The Ombudsman Institution and the Bulgarian judicial system

Judge Borislav Belazelkov, Sofia City Court

18:00 Cocktail reception