Cabinet inspectorate recommends legislating procedure on issuing certificates of Bulgarian origin

The Bulgarian cabinet office’s inspectorate-general has recommended that a law be drafted to govern the issuing of certificates of Bulgarian origin, a vital step for foreigners who want to claim Bulgarian citizenship on the basis of ancestry.

This is the latest sequel to the upheavals at the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, following alleged widespread abuses in issuing certificates of Bulgarian origin.

Reports of the shortcomings in the work of the agency led the caretaker cabinet to fire the acting head of the agency. Matters worsened for some time when the new acting head came under fire from critics and stepped down just four days after taking office.

According to a statement by the Bulgarian government media office on November 5, an investigation by the cabinet office’s inspectorate-general, ordered by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Iliana Tsanova, had found a number of “controversial practices”.

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