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Bulgaria moves to reform law on managing Black Sea beaches 'to improve quality of tourist service'

Bulgaria moves to reform law on managing Black Sea beaches 'to improve quality of tourist service'
Bulgaria's outgoing Cabinet approved on December 28 amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act that, if approved, would change the system for classification of beaches.

The amendments have been proposed by Bulgaria's Tourism Ministry.

They are intended to enable the grouping and classification of beaches according to their geographical features - in the words of a government statement - and the types of tourist service that may be provided on the beaches.

In November, Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said that the aim of the amendments was to "encourage the lease of more beach services that will improve the quality of tourist service and reduce its cost. Our plan is to divide beaches by functionality into four groups and four subgroups thereunder”.

Angelkova said that amendments would stipulate the categorisation of beaches according to their specifics. She said that the purpose is to thus create the premises for letting the larger part of them under concession and improve service for tourists.

A statement by the Bulgarian government media office after the December 28 Cabinet meeting said that the amendments propose a complete overhaul of administrative and penal provisions.

What will become of the amendments is not immediately clear, given that it is expected that a caretaker cabinet will be appointed in late January, when Roumen Radev takes office as Bulgaria's President, and the same point will see the dissolution of the current National Assembly to make way for early parliamentary elections in spring 2017./IBNA

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