The Main Laws and Decrees Concerning Co-operatives

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                         November 1995

                    ICA Studies and Reports
           Co-operatives in Eastern & Central Europe

                           Bulgaria
               by Professor Dinonysos Mavrogiannis


Annex 2
The Main Laws and Decrees Concerning Co-operatives

1.  Constitution of the Bulgarian Kingdom, adopted on
16/04/1879,  Amendments on 15/05/1893 and 11/07/1911.

2.  Decree of the Council of Ministers, 1887.

3.  Commercial law confirmed by Decree No. 93 of 18/05/1897.
State  Gazette No. 114, 29/05/1897, chapter V (27 Articles
which apply  to societies).

4.  Law on Co-operative Societies confirmed by Decree No. 16
of 17/02/1907 (Official Gazette No. 45, 02/02/1907), amended
and completed by Law of 1911 published in the State Gazette
No. 48, 04/03/1911.

5.  Law on the Amalgamation of Co-operatives Societies,
Official Gazette No. 54, 1945.

6.  Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria of 1947 (5
Articles on Co-operatives).

7.  Law on Co-operatives, 1948. Official Gazette No. 282,
01/12/1947.

8.  Law on Producers' and Handicraft Co-operatives, Official
Gazette No. 47, 28/02/1949.

9.  Decree  Law on Co-operative Farms, Official Gazette No.
95, 25/04/1945.

10.  Law on Co-operative Organisations, State Gazette 102/83,
amended in 1989 and abrogated by clause 4 of the 1991
Co-operative Law.

11.  Special ordinance of 1987 regarding small enterprises and
shops owned by individuals and co-operatives.

12.  Decree 56 of 1989 on Economic Activity, State Gazette
4/1989.

13.  Decree 922 of 1989 on Land Use and Farming. State Gazette
39/ 1989, amended in 1990 and abrogated by clause 6 of the
1991 Co-operative Law.

14.  Law on Ownership and use of Agricultural Land, January
1991, State Gazette 17/1991, since amended many times.

15.  Rules for the application of the Law on Ownership and the
Use of Land, 1991, State Gazette 34/1991, amended in September
1991 and April 1992.

16.  Trade Act of June 1991, State Gazette 48/1991.

17.  Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1991, State
Gazette 56/  1991 (Article 19, paragraphs 1 and 4 and Article
44, paragraph 1).

18.  The Co-operative Law of July 1991, State Gazette 63/1991.

19.  The Private Banking Law of 1991.

20.  Ordinance 192 (October 1991) of the Council of Ministers
on   Conditions and Procedure for Returning to Co-operatives
their Properties Confiscated by the State since 1944.

21.  The Law of 1992 on the Economic Activity of Foreign
Persons and the Protection of Foreign Investments, State
Gazette 8/1992.

22.  Law on Transformation and Privatisation of State and
Municipally-owned Enterprises, May 1992, State Gazette
38/1992.