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At the end of November 2021 Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission (CPC) launched inquiry of the consumer goods and services e-commerce sector (The Sector Inquiry). The Sector Inquiry is part of CPC's priority in the field of antitrust for 2021 to monitor constantly digital markets for prohibited agreements or practices as well as for abuse of dominant position. CPC also defines the e-commerce sector as one of its investigations top priorities in 2022.

Bulgaria is already in delay with the transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the “Whistleblowers Directive” or the “Directive”): like several other member states, Bulgaria has so far failed to bring into force the laws, regulations, and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive. The European Commission has already sent a formal notice for non-transposition of the Directive on the grounds of Article 258 TFEU - Article 260(3) TFEU.

In 2018 the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) was granted approval by the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) to create the new Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Growth Market BEAM (Bulgarian Enterprise Accelerator Market), under the provisions of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU (MiFID II). The new segment of the BSE aims to promote the development of small and medium-sized companies, which have a key role in the economic growth of the country.

In December 2021 the Bulgarian Parliament adopted a moratorium on electricity, water supply and heating prices on the regulated market. The moratorium was imposed due to the record high electricity prices on the Independent Bulgarian Electricity Exchange ("IBEX") and the expected adjustments in the prices on the regulated market applicable to household customers. The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission ("Regulator") has been prevented from taking any action regarding these price increases until 31 March 2022 by virtue of the moratorium.

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski has changed its name to Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners, following the departure of Ilya Komarevski. Aside from the new name, the firm announced that Victoria Tzonkova and Damyan Leshev were elevated to Partner, while Eleonora Mateina was appointed to Head of Competition and Pharmaceuticals. 

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