03 June 2003

A three-member panel of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) in a hearing from June 03 decided to request officially the contract between the Bulgarian government and the British consultancy company Crown Agent, hired to conduct reforms in the Bulgarian customs system. SAC requested the contract in relation to an appeal filed in October 2002 against a decision of the Minister of Finance to refuse access to the full text of the contract, involving about 14,500,000 USD. The information request had been filed by Kiril
Terziiski, an attorney-at-law at AIP.The Supreme Administrative Court will review the contract in a private hearing, in order to decide whether the refusal of the Minister of Finance was lawful.