Key focus of the work on finding, selecting and accumulation of documents on the Bulgarian EU accession in the first year of the project period is placed on documents that are most difficult to access – dating from the period 1989-1995. In order to organize the research activity in a more effective manner, the documents are divided into three main working categories – European, Bulgarian and interpretative, and on each category a sub-team of the volunteer researcher team is working. Sub-team „Еuropean documents” – Lora Yordanova, Ralena Gerasimova and Sadak Sadak – works with documents which are uploaded on the official websites of the European institutions and in the Official Journal of the EU. The key challenge in the work with this type of documents is the need to perform an accurate selection of documents within a document massive of significant volume. The access to the selected documents is relieved by the right to direct communication with the EU institutions. Our numerous inquiries concerning documents which are difficult to access, receive a meaningful response within 7 working days.
Sub-team “Bulgarian documents” – Maria Yordanova, Mila Venova and Dimitar Atanasov – works on documents of Bulgarian state institutions. The key challenge in the work at this stage is the limited digitalization of documents, along with the difficulties in accessing them. The administration of the National Assembly has responded positively to our inquiry for access only after the designated response period was over and with the personal intervention of the project manager. The administration of the Municipal Council has not approved our request for receiving eased access and redirected towards the standard procedure under the Access to Public Information Act. A new inquiry under the procedure is forthcoming.
Sub-team „Interpretative documents – Vasil Nikolov, Dimitar Michev and Filip Paunov – works on the analytical documents of Bulgarian non-governmental organizations and think-tanks. The key challenge here is the limited digitalization of documents. The European Institute has provided eased access to a rich collection of documents on the accession of Bulgaria to the EU.
So far our team has identified, for the purposes of the achieve, over 60 documents (with overall volume of around 3 000 pages), related to the integration of Bulgaria to the EU.
A Decision of the Council of 5 December 2001 on the principles, priorities and interim goals and conditions which are included in the Accession Partnership of the Republic of Bulgaria. This is one of a series of documents, issued in the period 1998-2003 which are Decisions adopted by the Council upon recommendation by the European Commission. They are related to the possibility of Bulgaria complying with the Copenhagen criteria for membership, the priorities in a short and mid-term, as well as the monitoring over the compliance with the Accession Partnership. Some of these documents were found in the Official Journal of the EC, while the rest – 2000, 2001 and 2002, were received after a request for access to the documents of the Council, due to unavailability on the institutional official websites.
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Author of the document: Council of the European Union (Enlargement Group)
Found by: Team “European documents”