Institutional details 2016
Name of Authority
Communications Regulation Commission
Year created 1998
Legal document that created the authority
Law on telecommunications
Reports to Report to President/Head of State & Report to Legislature/Parliament & Report to Government (or Prime Minister) & Other: The Commission shall draw up an annual report, which shall be submitted to the National Assembly, the President of the Republic and to the Council of Ministers by the end of the second quarter of the following year.
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Award/auction of mobile licence; ; percentage: 53 % Award/auction of other licence; ; percentage: 0,1 % Licence fees; ; percentage: 0,2 % Numbering fees; ; percentage: 6,6 % Spectrum fees; ; percentage: 29 % Regulatory fees; ; percentage: 0,8 % Fines/penalties; ; percentage: 6,5 % Contributions from regulated telecom operators based on turnover; percentage: 3,8 % ; percentage of operator revenue (turnover): 0,2 %
Structure of the Regulator 2016
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Mr. Veselin Bozhkov, PhD (Chairman of the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC))
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? Yes
Who appoints the Members/Head?
The Chairperson of the Commission shall be appointed and discharged by a decision of the Council of Ministers and shall be employed by an order of the Prime Minister. The deputy chairman and two of the members of the Commission shall be elected and discharged by a decision of the National Assembly. One of the members of the Commission shall be appointed and discharged by an edict of the President of the Republic.
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: 202
Regulatory Functions 2016
R Licensing
R Interconnection rates
R Price Regulation
Om R Technical standards settings
Ministry of Economy Bulgarian Institute for Standardization
M Om R Radio frequency allocation
The National Radio Frequency Spectrum Council at the Council of Ministers shall draft the National Radio Frequency Allocation Table. Members of the Council shall be representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the State Agency for National Security, the Communications Regulation Commission, the National Guard Service and the National Intelligence Service. The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) manages frequency spectrum only for civil needs. CRC assigns radio frequencies and radio frequency bands to undertakings providing electronic communications.
M Om R Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
The National Redio Spectrum Council, Council of Ministers, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Communications Regulation Commission
R Numbering
Om R Type approval
Market surveillance is shared between State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance and Communication Regulation Commission (CRC);CRC is responsible for notifications under art. 6.4 of RTTE Directive
R Service quality monitoring
M R Universal Service
The ministry sets the general obligations, the CRC has powers in relation to QOS, designation of provider
Om R Quality of service standards
Bulgarian Institute for Standardization
M R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
Quality of service parameters are defined by CRC after public consultation
R Broadcasting
Communications Regulation Commission
Om Broadcasting content
Council for Electronic Media
M Information technology
NR Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2016

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