Eng. Kostadinov, you attended a press conference at which the Minister of Investment Planning Arch. Ivan Danov and the industry presented the necessary legislative reform in planning, design and construction. Will this package of legislative acts ensure fair competition on the market in the sector? How do you see the idea of splitting the Law on Spatial Planning (LSP) into two?
These laws can be an important element of the overall reform process in the industry. Even with the creation of LSP about 15 years ago there were rumors that it was only a law for high construction while other key elements of the investment process were undervalued, underdeveloped or overlooked.
I think there are objective conditions and prerequisites for a new legislative reform. LSP is diverse as subject of action, too bulky and mixed in contents. Its implementation led to permanent amendments.
There are serious reasons to work for the splitting of LSP into two separate, interrelated legislative acts – a law on urban planning and a law on construction separating the urban planning and the investment process in separate documents.
In this spirit was the initiative for this press conference with participation of the Minister of Investment Planning, Bulgarian Construction Chamber, Chamber of Engineers in the Investment Design, Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria. Our goal is to seek the fundamental principles that are generally accepted by professional associations and the public.
The task we set is these projects to be available to the entire professional community and accessible to a wide public discussion by the end of summer and in September to be submitted to the National Assembly.
The specific development provides three bills – a bill for spatial planning and regional development, an urban planning bill and a bill for construction.
There are several basic principles which seem to have a high degree of consensus in the industry and are leading in these documents. One of these is codification and integration of all laws in the sector and synchronization of all legislation on the same principles, terminology and style. I think we all stand behind alleviation and simplification of the investment licensing regime and reducing to a minimum of red tape. The aim is to improve the capacity of public administration. Thus will be ensured transparency and professional conducting of procedures, clear definition of rules to protect public interest. There will be continuity in terms of current legislation lasting for years, etc.
Specifically, about the bill on construction – it covers investment planning from the outset, as well as the construction of the site – from beginning to completion and its use.
The aim is to create clear rules for classification and categorization of buildings and related permits coordination regimes, regulation control, mutual agreements and insurance, establishing simplified procedures, etc.
I would like to emphasize that in no way should these projects be regarded as final and we all rely on the active expertise of the professional community.