New rules for registration of NGOs in BULSTAT Register

New rules for registration of non-profit organizations (NGOs) in BULSTAT Register came into force on 01.05.2016.

The register now functions as centralized electronic registry which implements registration and issuance of reports and certificates of recorded circumstances. Thus any foundation, association, trade union organization or community center will have its own electronic file, similar to the Commercial Register.

The representatives of NGOs will have the opportunity to use automated electronic services of BULSTAT Register – to submit electronic documents and make electronic references.

One of the most important advantages of electronisation of BULSTAT Register is that indication of BULSTAT code of NGO is sufficient to prove the registered circumstances towards the court, local and state authorities, organizations providing public services and banks. Furthermore, all BULSTAT cards issued until 01.05.2016 are now considered invalid document and NGOs are no longer obliged to identify with such card. This will save a lot of additional costs for reference documents, certificates, card, etc.

An application for registration of circumstances in the register can be submitted only by NGOs’ representative or authorized person with notarized power of attorney. An application should be submitted in 7-days (incl. non-working days) from the receipt of court decision for initial registration, re-registration or deletion of NGO.