CLICT

In May 2004, Center for Law of the Information and Communication Technologies (CLICT) was founded as a separate organizational structure of the Law and Internet Foundation. The center has recruited prominent Bulgarian experts in the field of communication and media law, e-commerce, e-government, protection of intellectual property rights, standardization and security in the ICT domain, cyber crime, etc.

The main lines in CLICT activities are: support for the fast entering of information and communication technologies in the legal profession and assistance for the introduction of modern normative framework related to information and communication technologies with accordance to the European and international legislation.

For the purposes of ensuring high level of legal expertise, leading professionals from the legal profession and academic, judicial, and administrative circles are involved to support CLICT work. The invitation of such professionals comes after exceptionally rigorous selection on the base of their personal qualities and professional skills and without consideration of the organizations for which they work or represent. The quality of the legal expertise is evidenced by the unconditional willingness of similar centers throughout European Member States to collaborate with CLICT for the purposes of achieving our common goals (see Partnerships).

In relation to the proficiency of the CLICT experts we should pinpoint the following activities: consulting the European Commission on the legal and market issues of electronic signatures; drafting the e-Documents and e-Signatures Act, and the ordinances on its implementation as well as its commentary (“Electronic Document and Electronic Signature. Legal Regime”, 2004); working out the creation of a legal framework on the implementation of the electronic signature in the judicial system, drafting the Electronic Governance Act and the secondary legislation on its implementation, the Electronic Commerce Act, etc; contributing to the development of Internal Administration Rules and other acts on the use and conservation of electronic documents and electronic signatures in the Ministry of Finance, National Revenue Agency, etc; ensuring compliance of the Tax - Insurance Procedure Code with regulations from the ICT sphere in relation to processes such as electronic correspondence and issuing acts in electronic form; consulting the General Tax Directorate in drafting the instructions on submission of tax declarations via Internet as part of the services offered by the electronic government; consulting the Communications Regulation Commission on the registration of Certificate Services Providers; and many more. Under different forms CLICT experts participate in numerous Working Groups established by the administration with the purpose of preparation and harmonization of different legal acts and documents: Council of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication, National Revenue Agency, former Ministry of State Administration and Administrative Reform, Ministry of Justice, etc. Taking into account the experts’ contribution and involvement in the preparation of various acts related to information and communication technologies as well as their expertise in drafting secondary legislation, CLICT strengthens its position as an indispensable partner in the drafting of different normative documents governing the rules of the Information Society.