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Country data: Bulgaria

Transposition (Bulgaria)

Trend since last reporting period: 🡽 positive; 🡿 negative; = neutral
Ranking out of 27: 1 to 9; 10 to 18; 19 to 27

INDICATORS

Dec.
2022

EU
average

Ranking

Trend

Transposition deficit (percentage of all directives not transposed)

1.8%

1.1%

24

🡽

Overdue directives

18

11

Long-overdue directives (> 2 years)

3

1

23

🡿🡿

  • Directive 2018/844/EU - Amendment of Directives 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency
  • Directive 2019/68/EU - Technical specifications for the marking of firearms and their essential components
  • Directive 2019/69/EU - Technical specifications for alarm and signal weapons

Average delay in transposing directives (in months)

15.5

12.6

22

🡿🡿

Conformity deficit (percentage of all directives transposed incorrectly)

2.0%

1.3%

26

🡽

Infringements (Bulgaria)

Trend since last reporting period: 🡽 positive; 🡿 negative; = neutral
Ranking out of 27: 1 to 9; 10 to 18; 19 to 27
Ranking out of 23
(compliance with Court rulings): 1 to 8; 9 to 16; 17 to 23

INDICATORS

Dec.
2022

EU
average

Ranking

Trend

Number of pending infringement proceedings

38

26

23

=

Problematic sectors

  • Atmospheric pollution (4 cases)
  • Services and professions – compliance issues (4 cases)

Average duration of infringement proceedings (in months)

38.7

47.9

3

🡿🡿

Average time taken to comply with Court rulings (in months)

24.2

48.3

6

🡽🡽

Internal Market Information System (Bulgaria)

Performance – Bulgaria’s performance remained poor.

  • All five indicators were well below the EEA average and in the bottom five results among Member States in the respective areas.
  • The speed in answering requests decreased significantly for the third consecutive year.
  • Requests replied within deadline and counterparts’ satisfaction with efforts made improved significantly.
Requests accepted within one week (%)
 
Requests answered by the deadline agreed in IMI (%)
 
Satisfaction with timeliness of replies - as rated by counterparts (%)
 
Satisfaction with efforts made - as rated by counterparts (%)
 
Speed in answering requests (days)
 

Technical regulations information system (Bulgaria)

 

SOLVIT (Bulgaria)

  • Caseload
    Submitted cases: 212 (337 in 2021)
    Received cases: 19 (34 in 2021)

Cases not accepted: 180 (256 in 2021)

  • Resolution rate: 100% (95% in 2021)
  • Handling time (as home centre)
    Reply within 7 days: 94% (95% in 2021) – very good
    Cases prepared within 30 days: 76% (88% in 2021) – very good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 72% (78% in 2021 ) – poor

Cases not accepted within 30 days: 82% (87% in 2021) – very good

  • Handling time (as lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days: 90% (88% in 2021) – very good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks: 74% (78% in 2021) – poor
  • Staffing level
    Sufficient

Payment delays (Bulgaria)

In 2022, the average payment delay (the time exceeding the legal or contractually agreed payment terms) by Bulgarian public authorities was 15 days.

The average number of days needed for a business to have its invoices paid by other businesses (business-to-business payments) was 53.40 days.

Responsive administration and burden of regulation (Bulgaria)

Indicator 2021 EU average
Burden of government regulation (survey replies: 1 = worst, 7 = best) 3.8   3.6  
Digital public services to start and run a business (100% = best performing) 76.2% n/a  
Payment delays by public authorities 15 days 15.7 days
Time to resolve insolvency 3.3 years 2.0 years
Impact of regulation on long-term investment decisions (survey replies) 19.6% n/a  

Access to public procurement (Bulgaria)

Indicator 2021 EU average
Single bidder 32% 25%
No calls for bids 25% 6%
Publication rate (value advertised on Tenders Electronic Daily, in % of GDP) 14.9% 5.9%
Cooperative procurement (proportion of procedures with more than one buyer) 1% 5%
Award criteria (proportion of procedures awarded to cheapest bid) 84% 64%
Decision speed (days) 120   99  
SME contractors 68% 61%
SME bids 71% 73%
Procedures divided into lots 34% 31%
Missing calls for bids 4% 1%
Missing seller registration numbers 2% 29%
Missing buyer registration numbers 0% 11%

Note: A typical (mid-ranking) EU country is used for the EU average for all indicators except the publication rate. Due to delays in data availability, publication rate results are based on 2020 data.

Access to services and services markets (Bulgaria)

Indicator 2021 EU average
Restrictiveness indicator – architect 2.7   2.5  
Restrictiveness indicator – accountant 0.8   1.7  
Restrictiveness indicator – civil engineer 2.8   2.4  
Restrictiveness indicator – lawyer 3.5   3.4  
Restrictiveness indicator – real estate agent 0.0   1.3  
Restrictiveness indicator – patent agent 1.8   2.2  
Restrictiveness indicator – tourist guide 2.4   1.2  
Domestic priority letter prices, letter 20 g (2020) € 0.56 € 0.88
Intra-EU priority letter prices, letter 20 g (2020) € 1.18 € 1.53
Domestic transit times, day+1 performance, priority letters 20 g (2020) 53.4% 84.2%

Note: The EU restrictiveness indicator (EURI) measures the level of restrictiveness for the cross-border provision of services and the right of establishment for seven groups of professional services with a high share in EU firms’ intermediate consumption or cross-border mobility. The level of restrictiveness is measured on a scale from 0 (least restrictive) to 6 (most restrictive).

Access to finance (Bulgaria)

Indicator 2021 EU average
Access to public financial support (% of SMEs indicating deterioration) 22.5%  11.3% 
Time to get paid by businesses (2022 survey) 53.4 days 52.5 days
Venture capital investments (% of GDP) 0.04% 0.48%
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