After Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union the national tax system underwent significant transformations. Wide-reaching reforms to Bulgarian legal codes - civil, criminal and commercial - were implemented, previously existing legislation was overhauled, and many new areas of legislation were introduced, requiring extensive re-training of the judiciary. To deal effectively with cases relating to tax, judges require a sound understanding of tax matters through ongoing and specialized training.
IDLO, in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is implementing a project that aims to improve the investment climate in Bulgaria by building judicial capacity in tax related cases and increasing the uniformity of judicial practice. Working with the Bulgarian National Institute of Justice, IDLO will develop a training module tailor-made to the specific needs of the Bulgarian judiciary on the implementation and enforcement of tax legislation. The project will culminate in a regional meeting to enhance cooperation between the judicial training institutions and establish a framework for judicial training in the broader Western Balkan region.