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April 29, 2020

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In issue 39/ 28 April 2020, the following have been promulgated:

1. Decree 80 dated 23 April 2020 supplementing Decree 75/2007 of the Council of Ministers of the application of Articles 43 – 52, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 67, 68 and 74 of Regulation (EC) 1186/2009 of the Council of 16 November 2009 on setting up a Community system of reliefs from customs duties (codified version) (ОJ, L 324 of 10 December 2009)

The amendments are related to the application of Decision No (EU) 2020/491 of the Commission, adopted by the College of Commissioners on 3 April 2020, whereby member states are authorized to exempt from import duties and value added tax (VAT) the import from third countries of goods necessary to counteract the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, under certain conditions.

The amendments are as follows:

New article 7a is created, according to which:

  • No import duties and VAT shall be charged on goods necessary to counteract the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 according to a list attached /Appendix to Art. 7a/ in relation to Decision No (EU) 2020/491;
  • The duties and VAT exemption shall be applied for state authorities in case of import of goods imported by or on behalf of:
    • state organisations (state bodies, public bodies and other public law bodies, including hospitals, governmental organisations, municipalities/cities, local authorities, etc.);
    • charity or philanthropic organization approved by the competent authorities of the member states.
  • By 30 November 2020, the Customs Agency shall submit the following information to the Commission:
    • A list of the organisations approved for import of goods exempt from import duties and VAT;
    • The nature and quantity of the goods exempt from import duties and VAT;
    • The measures to be applied to verify the import of the goods included in the Appendix to the Decree shall only apply for counteracting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It shall not be permitted to use the goods included in the Appendix to the Decree for purposes other than those stated herein above;
  • The Decree shall apply for goods imported between 30 January and 31 July 2020.

 

The Decree shall be effective as from 2 May 2020.

2. Decree 76 / 23 April 2020 on supplement to the Regulation on legalisation, certification and translation of documents and other papers adopted by means of Decree 184/1958 of the Council of Ministers

Chapter 2a is created by means of Art. 17a “Certification of documents pursuant to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents ”.

The certification of documents pursuant to the procedure provided in the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents is done by means of issuing the apostille certificate pursuant to Art. 3, Para 1 of the Convention.

In the Republic of Bulgaria, the bodies authorized to issue apostille certificates are:

  1. The Ministry of Justice – for documents issued by a body or public official related to the country’s justice system, including documents issued by prosecutors, court secretaries or summoners, notary deeds or official authorisations, such as registrations in registries or certification of a date or signature on a private document;
  2. The national Information and Documentation Centre – for educational and certification documents issued by higher education institutions and institutions in pre-school, school and vocational education and training and by the Ministry of Education and Science and units thereof;
  3. The municipal administrations – for documents issued by the mayors and municipal administrations;
  4. The Ministry of Exterior – for all other administrative documents.

Go to full issue 39/ 28 April 2020:

http://dv.parliament.bg/DVWeb/broeveList.faces

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