By passing the amendments to the Diplomatic Service Act the National Assembly decided that Bulgarian citizens, whose affiliation to the State Security Service and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian Army has been established, shall not be appointed on public positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Act stipulates that upon their appointment at the Diplomatic Service the officers shall express in writing their consent to be subject to a check for affiliation to the former services or shall submit a document verifying that such a check has already been performed on them.
The newly passed law regulates in detail the powers of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. These include the power to one-sidedly and without prior notification terminate the labor or official legal relation in case the diplomatic officer has been denied or stripped of access to classified information. If a diplomatic officer refuses to file documents for undergoing a check in compliance with the order established by the Classified Information Protection Act he or she shall be dismissed from the job without a prior notice. After the diplomat’s recall the Minister of Foreign Affairs shall re-appoint him or her at a different position.
The law further stipulates that diplomatic officers who have served with the EU, OSCE, UN or other international organizations shall have the right to be appointed at diplomatic positions without a competition and for an indefinite term. A new chapter has been introduced to the Act regulating the activity of the state cultural institutes.