Bulgaria - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority(ies):

Ministry of Justice

Contact details:

Address: 1, Slavyanska str.
1040 SOFIA
Telephone: +359 92 37 576 
Fax: +359 82 37 546 
E-mail: rosica.nikolova@justice.government.bg
General website: http://www.justice.government.bg/
Contact persons: Rositsa Nikolova
Languages spoken by staff: French, English, German


Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the 2003, 2008 and/or 2013 Service Convention Questionnaires)

Forwarding authorities (Art. 3(1)):

Name of forwarding authority - the forwarding authority is the authority or judicial officer that is competent under the law of your State to forward requests for service abroad

Forwarding authorities in Bulgaria are the proceeding courts, bailiffs, private bailiffs and notaries.
Methods of service (Art. 5(1)(2)):

Brief statement as to how incoming requests for service are executed in your State (i.e., how the documents are served) - reference to relevant laws (civil procedure code or court rules)

The service is formal within the meaning of Article 5 of the Convention.
Formal service is effected by the courts.
Translation requirements (Art. 5(3)):

Brief statement as to whether the Central Authority requires documents, which are to be served under Article 5(1), to be in - or translated into - the official language of your State

The Republic of Bulgaria requires the document, which is to be served, to be written in or accompanied by a translation into the Bulgarian language.
See declarations.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service (Art. 12):

List of the types of costs (if any) that are typically reimbursable to your State pursuant to Article 12(2) of the Convention

No charges are incurred for service.
Time for execution of request:

Indication of the time elapsing from receipt of incoming request for service until forwarding of the certificate of service - see response to question 7

2 or 3 months
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons (Art. 10(b)):

Name, e.g., the body of judicial officers competent to effect service of judicial documents coming from another Contracting State - only applicable for States whose internal law allows for this practice 

The service of judicial documents is done through the Central Authority.
Oppositions and declarations (Art. 21(2)): Click here to read all the declarations made by Bulgaria under the Service Convention. 
Art. 8(2): Opposition
Art. 10(a): Opposition
Art. 10(b): Opposition
Art. 10(c): Opposition
Art. 15(2): Declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): Declaration of applicability
Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels) (Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)

List of bilateral or multilateral agreements to which your State is party, as well as provisions of the internal law of your State permitting other methods of transmission of documents coming from abroad for service within the territory of your State

Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Macedonia, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen, etc.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourg, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas - Service of Documents)

Useful links:
Address of websites containing information relating to the operation of the Convention in your State

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