Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Bulgaria: Council of Ministers Decision (2012)

Legal and administrative framework

Council of Ministers Protocol No.18340/13.06.2012 Regarding draft decision on the adoption of the report of the intergovernmental working group appointed by Order № P-57 of the Prime Minister on 30 March 2010, regarding the position of Bulgaria in the EU Resettement Programme.
This decision is linked below. It is available only in Bulgarian but is summarised here:
On 13 June 2012 the government voted in favour of a formal decision to adopt and implement a Pilot Resettlement Program for refugees who were recognised under the UNHCR mandate in third countries. The responsible institution is the State Agency for Refugees. According to the Law on Asylum and Refugees the UNHCR mandate status holders automatically shall receive a recognition in Bulgaria as well as a refugee status.

Working Group on Resettlement is convoked on 18.10.2012 to work out a final Pilot Project on Resettlement where the exact parameters of the process and the profile of refugees to be resettled will be specified. The final draft Pilot project should be ready by the end of October 2012.

First resettlement activities will begin in 2013 and will include the development of the administrative capacity. They will be fully funded by the annual program 2012 of the ERF. There is a quota of 20 refugees to be resettled in 2014.

Files attached to this content:

Council of Ministers Decision on Joint EU Resettlement Programme (2012) In Bulgarian