Bulgaria commits to ensuring citizens are able to report incidents of corruption without fear of reprisal and with confidence that any credible information they provide will be acted on and their identity protected when necessary. Bulgaria’s Draft Corruption Prevention and Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act has detailed provisions regarding the credibility and admissibility of anonymous signals aiming to encourage citizens to report corruption while protecting their identities.
Themes: Whistleblower/civil society space protection
Last updated: June 2018
Concrete: Concrete | New: New | Ambitious: Ambitious
In early 2018 the new anti-corruption law (Prevention of Corruption and Forfeiture of Illegal Assets Act) has been adopted. Although in the first draft (2016) there were provisions regarding anonymous reporting, these were later abandoned and the current law provides for processing of signed complaints only. Further, the law focuses over the prevention of corrupt behaviour and conflict of interest among high public officials and requires the compliants to provide evidence in support to their claims. Thus in practice there is no effective mechanism for reporting of wrongdoing by average citizens or lower-level staff. Provisions for protection of whistleblowers from potential reprisal are too vague and compensation might be received in a lawsuit under general regime. Generally speaking, the issue lacks in public communication at all.