International activities

 

2014 

28 – 30 January 2014 – Participation in the 12th annual meeting of the members of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters, Brussels, Belgium 

 

2013

6 – 9 February 2013 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Standing Committee, Vienna, Austria 

1 – 3 March 2013 – Participation in the marking of the Day of the Attorney Profession and 151st anniversary of the Serbian Bar 

18 – 21 April 2013 – Participation in a meeting with the Supreme Disciplinary Court of the Serbian Bar and participation in the Legal Aid Conference, Belgrade, Serbia 

29 April – 1 May 2013 – Participation in the 44th meeting of the network contact points, Brussels, Belgium 

17 – 19 May 2013 – Participation in the 58th annual session of the Macedonian Bar Council, Skopje, Macedonia 

17 June 2013 – Meeting with Nenad Janicijevic, UIA Regional Secretary, to discuss the possibility for the Supreme Bar Council to apply and organise a UIA congress in Bulgaria and the prerequisites for this 

24 September 2013 – Meeting with French representatives to discuss the possibility for attorneys to take part in the drawing up of expert examinations 

11 – 14 September 2013 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Standing Committee, Zagreb, Croatia 

19 – 23 September 2013 – Participation in the working meeting of the UIA leadership, Nice, France 

26 – 28 September 2013 – Participation in the 47th meeting of the network contact points, Brussels, Belgium 

26 September 2013 – Meeting with representatives of the Serbian Supreme Bar Council, Vidin 

2 – 6 October 2013 – Participation in the international seminar of the Mediterranean Committee of the European Bars Federation (FBE) “Attorneys – Key Players in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Casablanca, Morocco 

16 – 20 October 2013 – Participation in the session “Attorneys – Key Participants in European Justice” organised by the French Bar Delegation at the ССВЕ, Brussels, Belgium 

29 October – 4 November 2013 – Participation in the 57th Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Macao, China 

31 October 2013 – 3 November 2013 – Participation in the 13th Conference of the European Lawyers, Berlin, Germany 

6 – 11 November 2013 – Participation in the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBА), Boston, USA

19 – 21 November 2013 – Participation in the 48th meeting of the network contact points, Brussels, Belgium 

21 – 22 November 2013 – Celebration of the 125th anniversary of the adoption of the first Attorneys Act with international attendance, Sofia 

27 – 30 November 2013 – Participation in the 119th session of the committees and the plenary session of the CCBE, Brussels, Belgium 

4 – 7 December 2013 – Participation in the opening of the judicial year, Paris, France 

 

2012

29 March – 1 April 2012 – Participation in the medical law seminar “Medical Liability and Malpractice,” Schkeuditz, Germany 

21 April 2012 – Participation in the opening of the 16th Assembly of the Black Sea Countries Bars Association, Sofia 

11 – 12 May 2012 – Participation in the session of the Standing Committee and the plenary session of the ССВЕ, Vienna, Austria 

11 – 13 May 2012 – Participation in the 57th Annual Assembly of the Macedonian Bar, Skopje, Macedonia 

31 May 2012 – Meeting with a representative group of lawyers from Turkmenistan 

3 – 7 June 2012 – Participation in a conference – training under the project “Improving lawyers’ competence about compliance with the admissibility requirements of the European Court of Human Rights,” Strasbourg, France 

6 – 8 June 2012 – Participation in the presentation of the study “Effective protection in criminal proceedings in Eastern Europe,” Brussels, Belgium 

30 October – 5 November 2012 – Participation in the Congress of the Paris-based International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Dresden, Germany 

28 November – 2 December 2012 – Participation in the CCBE plenary session, Strasbourg, France 

13 – 15 December 2012 – Participation in the 43rd meeting of the contact persons for the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters, Brussels, Belgium 

27 January 2012 – Meeting of the President of the Supreme Bar Council with Mr Maarten Steenbeek, judge, The Netherlands, representative of the International Association of Judges 

9 – 11 February 2012 – Participation in the 10th annual session of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters, Brussels, Belgium

15 – 18 February 2012 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Executive Committee, Vienna, Austria

 

2011

2 – 5 March 2011 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Standing Committee, Vienna, Austria 

13 – 15 March 2011 – Participation in the Transnational Law Week – problems of legal aid lawyers, Istanbul, Turkey 

3 – 8 April 2011 – Participation in the international conference “Law about Attorneys,” Ankara and Hatay, Turkey

18 – 22 May 2011 – Participation in the CCBE plenary session, Luxembourg

27 – 29 May 2011 – Participation in the 56th annual session of the Macedonian Bar, Struga, Macedonia

16 – 18 June 2011 – Participation in a meeting on “Cross Border lawyer network” organised by the ССВЕ, Brussels, Belgium

26 – 29 September 2011 – Participation in the international conference “The Role of the Bar for the Defence in Cross Border Crimes,” Istanbul, Turkey

29 September 2011 – Visit to the Supreme Bar Council of a delegation of Vietnamese lawyers led by the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

20 – 23 October 2011 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Standing Committee, Nantes, France

30 October – 4 November 2011 – Participation in the 55th Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Miami, USA

3 – 6 November 2011 – Participation in the 16th Berlin Conference for lawyers in Europe, Berlin, Germany

3 November 2011 – Participation in the General Assembly of the London-based International Bar Association (IBA)

10 November 2011 – Participation in the ceremonial session on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Austrian Civil Code, Vienna, Austria

23 – 27 November 2011 – Participation in the CCBE General Assembly, Antwerp, Belgium

 

2010

10 – 14 February 2010 – Participation in the Conference of European Bar Presidents, Vienna, Austria 

29 April 2010 – Participation in the international conference “The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Work and Case Law of European Courts,” Sofia 

12 May 2010 – Visit of a delegation of 8 Kosovar attorneys to the President of the Supreme Bar Council organised by the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives 

9 – 24 May 2010 – Participation in the General Assembly of the European Bars Federation (FBA), Aix-en-Provence, France 

20 – 24 May 2010 – Participation in the 112th CCBE plenary session, Malaga, Spain 

7 June 2010 – The Supreme Bar Council joined the Resolution of the Council of the Paris Bar of 1 June 2010 which condemns the detention of Peter Erlinger on 28 May 2010 in Kigali (Rwanda), President of the TRIR Defence Attorneys Association and Professor in Law at William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota 

17 – 20 June 2010 – Participation on the Balkan Bars’ Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece 

24 – 26 June 2010 – Participation in the conference “Effective Defence in Criminal Cases in Europe: Progress after Stockholm,” Brussels, Belgium 

21 – 23 October 2010 – Participation in the CCBE Standing Committee session, Brussels, Belgium 

22 – 23 October 2010 – Seminar of the Supreme Disciplinary Court, Thessaloniki, Greece 

30 October – 3 November 2010 – Participation in the Congress of the Paris-based International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Istanbul, Turkey 

11 November 2010 – Cocktail reception of the Supreme Bar Council for the participants in the Balkan Legal Forum, Sofia 

12 November 2010 – Participation of the President of the Supreme Bar Council and Secretary General Valentin Benatov in the ceremonial signing of a cooperation agreement between the Blagoevgrad Bar Council and the Bursa, Turkey Bar Council in Blagoevgrad 

19 November 2010 – Signing of a cooperation agreement between the Supreme Bar Council and the Greek Bar in Sofia 

25 – 29 November 2010 – Participation in the opening of the judicial year, Paris, France 

25 – 28 November 2010 – Participation in the sessions of the Committees and the plenary session of the CCBE, Brussels, Belgium 

 

2009

17 – 19 February 2009 – Participation in the CCBE Standing Committee session, Vienna Austria

11 – 14 March 2009 – Participation in the Day of the Croatian Bar, Zagreb, Croatia

25 – 28 March 2009 – Participation in the CCBE Standing Committee session

11 – 13 April 2009 – Visit to the Republic of Turkey of the administration of the National Legal Aid Office and the Supreme Bar Council 

14 – 17 May 2009 – Participation in the Standing Committee session and the CCBE plenary session, Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – 24 May 2009 – Participation in the Congress of the European Bars, Bruges, Belgium

27 – 31 May 2009 – Participation in the joint regional conference of the German Federal Bar, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation Deutsche Stiftung and the Macedonian Bar on “Current Legal and Practical Issues of Independence in Practicing the Attorney Profession” in Skopje

2 – 6 June 2009 – Participation in a joint seminar of the Croatian Bar and the Bar Council of England and Wales, Dubrovnik, Croatia

24 – 27 June 2009 – Participation in the CCBE Standing Committee session, Bucharest, Romania

29 September – 3 October 2009 – Participation in the opening of the judicial year, London, UK

27 – 31 October 2009 – Participation in the Paris-based International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Seville, Spain

9 – 11 November 2009 – Participation in the ceremonial marking of the 50th anniversary of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg organised by the Athens Bar Council 

12 November 2009 – Visit to the Supreme Bar Council of a delegation of Moroccan lawyers

7 – 20 November 2009 – Participation of the international conference organised by Deutsche Stiftung “The State before the Court – The Role of Administrative Law and Administrative Justice in the Development of Rule of Law,” Dubrovnik, Croatia

27 – 29 November 2009 – Participation in the CCBE plenary session, Brussels, Belgium

 

2008

23 May 2008 – Participation in a meeting with 62 judges from Zurich, Sofia

22 – 24 May 2008 – Participation in the CCBE plenary session, Budapest, Hungary

25 – 29 May 2008 – Visit to the Supreme Bar Council of the Mr Svetozar Risteski, Training Program Coordinator with the Macedonian Bar

29 – 30 May 2009 – Participation in the 35th Annual Assembly of the Macedonian Bar

26 June 2008 – Dinner hosted by the Supreme Bar Council for CCBE representatives on the occasion of a seminar on disciplinary activities, Sofia

27 June 2008 – Opening of the CCBE seminar on issues of disciplinary activities

4 September 2008 – Participation in the session of the CCBE Committee for Free Movement of Lawyers

5 September 2008 – Participation in the CCBE Standing Committee session

12 September 2008 – Participation in the professional program of the Swiss cooperation in criminal law during the initial visit to Sofia of 130 Swiss bars, colleagues, judges, prosecutors and attorneys

26 September 2008 – Participation in the 13th General Assembly of the Black Sea Countries Bars Association (ВСВА), Sofia

9 October 2008 – Participation in the Congress of the London-based International Bar Association (IBA), Buenos Aires

14 – 19 October 2008 – Participation in the Congress of French Lawyers, Liles, France

23 – 24 October 2008 – Participation in the international conference “Setting up an Effective System of Legal Aid in the Republic of Serbia,” Belgrade, Serbia

24 October 2008 – Meeting of representatives of the Bulgarian Bar and representatives of the European Commission during a partner inspection in relation to the European Arrest Warrant

28 October – 2 November 2008 – Participation in the 52nd Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Bucharest, Romania

5 – 7 November 2008 – Participation in the Balkan Legal Form, Sofia

6 – 9 November 2008 – Participation in the Lawyers’ Education Conference, Rome, Italy

11 November 2008 – Meeting with representatives of the American Bar Association in relation to the prosecution index, Sofia

16 – 19 November 2008 – Participation in the international conference “The Bar as a Driving Fore for the Development of Rule of law – A Wish or Reality,” Dubrovnik, Croatia

27 – 29 November 2008 – Participation in the international conference “Towards Effective Rights in Defence in Criminal Procedure,” Maastricht, The Netherlands

27 – 30 November 2008 – Participation in the Committee sessions and the CCBE plenary session, Brussels, Belgium

30 November – 2 December 2008 – Participation in the Bulgarian delegation led by the Minister of Justice, Bratislava, Slovakia

4 – 8 December 2008 – Participation in the opening of the judicial year of the Paris Bar, France

 

2007

14 – 20 February 2007 – Conference of European Bar Presidents, CCBE session, Vienna, Austria

8 – 13 May 2007 – CCBE session, Edinburgh, UK

24 – 26 May 2007 – Marking the 52nd anniversary of the Macedonian Bar, Ohrid

25 – 29 May 2007 – National Bar Conference, Ankara, Turkey

27 June – 1 July 2007 – CCBE session and seminar, Ljubljana, Slovenia

28 September – 2 October 2007 – Opening of the judicial year, London, UK

30 October – 2 November 2007 – Multilateral conference “Law and Criminal Procedure in Europe,” Dubrovnik, Croatia

27 October – 30 November 2007 – Opening of the judicial year, Paris, France

5 – 9 December 2007 – Conference on the occasion of Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union, Rome, Italy

 

2006

February 2006 – Conference of European Bar Presidents, Vienna, Austria 

February 2006 – CCBE session, Vienna, Austria

April 2006 – Council of the Presidents of the Union of Balkan Bars, Bucharest, Romania

May 2006 – CCBE General Assembly, Porto, Portugal

May 2006 – First Annual Conference of Bar Council Leaders, London, UK

May 2006 – Day of the German Bar, Cologne, Germany

May 2006 – 51st anniversary of the Macedonian Bar, Ohrid

June 2006 – CCBE Standing Committee session, Istanbul, Turkey

September 2006 – Opening of the judicial year, London, UK

October 2006 – Fifth session of the Regional Council of Bars in Southeastern Europe, Zagreb, Croatia

October 2006 – CCBE session, Brussels, Belgium

November 2006 – 50th Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Salvador, Brazil

November 2006 – 105th ССВЕ plenary session, Brussels, Belgium

November 2006 – Opening of the judicial year, Paris, France

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1. In 2001, the Supreme Bar Council became an observer member of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (ССВЕ) and took an active part in CCBE’s work.

By a ССВЕ decision of 25 November 2006, Bulgaria became a reserve member as of 1 January 2007, the date coinciding with Bulgaria’s official accession to the European Union. The Bulgarian delegation will have the right to 6 votes in sessions.

Set up in 1960, the ССВЕ is an officially recognised representative organisation of lawyers in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It is an international non-profit-making association incorporated in Belgium.

The ССВЕ acts as the liaison between national bars and law societies of EU and EEA Member States. It represents all national bars and law societies before the EU institutions and, through them, approximately 500,000 lawyers in Europe.

The ССВЕ consists of 27 delegations whose members are nominated by the management bodies of the national bars and law societies in the 27 Member States. It has a permanent delegation to the European Court, the Court of First Instance and the EFTA Court as well as a permanent delegation to the European Court of Human Rights.

Our representative for the CCBE is Attorney-at-law Petar Petrov, Supreme Bar Council Member.

 

2. The Supreme Bar Council is a regular collective member of the London-based International Bar Association (IBA) and the Paris-based International Association of Lawyers (UIA).

The UIA was set up in 1927 by a group of French speaking European lawyers who saw the need for lawyers to maintain international contacts.

Today, the UIA is an association which is open to all the world’s lawyers. It brings together several thousand individual members and 200 bar, federation and association members from more than 110 countries.

Its official languages are French, English, Spanish, German, Arabic and Portugal and its working languages are French, English and Spanish.

UIA’s main objectives are:

-  To promote the fundamental principles of the legal profession

- To contribute to the establishment of an international legal order based on the principle of justice between nations, through law and in the cause of peace

- To cooperate with other non-governmental organisations

- To establish contacts and exchange information among bar councils and associations and their members around them world

- To defend the legal profession.

 

Established in 1947, the IBA is a world organisation of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. It has a membership of 55,000 individual lawyers and 206 bar associations and law societies.

 

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