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BULGARIA: Commission for Protection against Discrimination

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Commission for Protection against Discrimination

Full name in the national language(s):

КОМИСИЯ за защита от дискриминация

Postal address:
Dragan Tzankov 35, Sofia 1125

General email address:


Telephone number:


Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Bulgarian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Dep. “Analysis, Prevention and International Cooperation” – (+359) 2 807 30 38 / (+359) 2 807 30 70

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Prof. Dr. Ana Dzhumalieva

Contact Person


Stoyan Tchalachkanov


Main Informations

Brief history

The CPD was established in 2005 by a special Act - the Protection against Discrimination Act (PaDA), adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The Commission consists of 9 members - the National Assembly appoints five members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Commission and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria appoints 4 members.
The mandate of the members of the Commission is five years
In the election or appointment of the Commission members, the principles of balanced participation of women and men and of participation of persons belonging to ethnic minorities is respected
The CPD is accredited as a National human rights institution with status "B" by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
The Commission also acts as a national contact point on hate crimes with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In this capacity, the Commission annually collects data on hate crimes as instructed by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Mandate type
  • Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
Litigation powers
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano data7531821882106126
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)268362336454452474
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano data70129505467
  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)
Management details

The Commission for Protection against Discrimination is a permanent collegial body of 9 members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair. The Commission members are assisted by an administration which is divided into directorates, and the directorates are divided into departments.

Additional details

The Commission for Protection against Discrimination is assisted by an administration which comprises of: Secretary General; General Administration; Specialized Administration; Financial Controller and Information Security Officer. The General Administration is divided into Directorate “Administrative and legal services”, and Directorate “Financial and Economic Activities and Property Management”. The Specialized Administration is divided into Directorate "Specialized proceedings, analysis and prevention" and Directorate "Regional representatives".

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The National Assembly appoints five of the Commission members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria appoints four members. Their mandate is five years.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data4846505558
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
no data121689396124396124310226001069639
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament
  • National audit institution (i.e. for financial reporting)