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Rome Statute   Bulgaria signed on 11 February 1999, and ratified on 11 April 2002, participating in the simultaneous deposit at the special UN treaty ceremony to mark the 60 ratifications necessary for entry into force.
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities Bulgaria signed the APIC on 2 May 2003 and ratified on 28 July 2006.
Bilateral Immunity Agreement Under consideration. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lyubomir Todorov indicated there was an intention to sign once EU procedures were established and afterwards stated that he will follow the EU common . A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Bulgaria would "side
Implementing Legislation A new Criminal Procedural Code to regulate Cooperation with ICC and a Criminal Code are expected in 2005-2006. An analysis provided by Transparency International-Bulgaria on the status of the Bulgarian legislation, offers the following conclusions:
Complementarity: Regarding definitions of crimes, crimes against peace and humanity are defined in Chapter XIV of the Bulgarian Criminal Code. There is full compliance between the definition of the crime of genocide under Article 416 of the Criminal Code and under Article 6 of the Rome Statute. The Bulgarian Criminal Code does not define crimes against humanity as such. Only the crime of apartheid, one of the acts listed in Article 7 of the Rome Statute, is defined in Article 417 and Article 418 of the Bulgarian Criminal Code. The latter provision includes acts that are not covered by the definition of apartheid under Article 7 of the Rome Statute. The definition of apartheid under the Statute is broader. Crimes against the laws and customs of conducting war are defined in Section Two of the Chapter XIV of the Bulgarian Criminal Code. The list of war crimes in the Rome Statute is longer than the list in the Bulgarian Criminal Code. The Code criminalises acts that constitute grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949. There is full compliance between Articles 410 to 412 of the Criminal Code and Article 8, para 2, “a” of the Rome Statute. Cooperation: There is no Law of Cooperation
with the ICC. The Criminal Procedural Code was amended in 2003 (SG N 50/2003) in compliance with the Rome Statute.
Section 2, article 439A, 439B, 440A, 440,B, 440G of the CPC, regulates requests of international courts on extradition, legal assistance and appearance of witnesses before a foreign court. On 18th of February 2004 a law has been adopted on the surrender of citizens to an International Court when the obligations are provided by an international treaty to which Bulgaria is party.
Membership Bulgaria is a member of Friends of the ICC, Like-Minded Group (no longer active), Council of Europe, Francophonie, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
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