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Georgiev, Todorov & Co Successful for BMF Port Burgas in Dispute with Electricity Distribution Operator

Georgiev, Todorov & Co Successful for BMF Port Burgas in Dispute with Electricity Distribution Operator

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Georgiev, Todorov & Co has successfully defended the rights of concessionaire BMF Port Burgas – Burgas East 2 and Burgas West port terminals – in an administrative proceeding appealing against the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission’s decision under Art. 22 of Bulgaria's Energy Act in a dispute concerning direct connection to electricity grids.

In its judgment, the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld the legal argument put forward by Georgiev, Todorov & Co. – that, according to the firm, "directly connecting a consumer to the electricity transmission network shall be decided based on objective and non-discriminatory considerations, since this user is connected to an electrical substation which, under Directive 2009/72 and national law, falls within the scope of this transmission system."

The Administrative Court of the City of Sofia dismissed the electricity distribution operator’s complaint and maintained BMF Port Burgas’ right to connect directly to the grid. Included in the court’s decision was the following: “Community law does not create a legal barrier to electricity, which in this substation is converted from high to medium voltage directly from the transmission grid to the end user BMF Port Burgas, without the obligatory intermediate involvement of a distribution company.”

Georgiev, Todorov, & Co.'s team included Partner Miglena Peneva and Senior Associate Mariya Derelieva.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. at a Glance

Established in 1991, Georgiev, Todorov & Co. Law Offices is one of the first Bulgarian law firms.  It has a particular emphasis on the Banking and Finance, M&A and Concessions, Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate and Construction, and TMT sectors. The law firm has built a corporate culture, focused on a decision-oriented approach and aimed at understanding the business needs of both domestic and international investors and entrepreneurs in order to fully protect their interests, help them realize their full potential and achieve their business goals. One of its main advantages is the outstanding combination of in-depth knowledge of the substantive law and regulations, and the unparalleled expertise in judicial and arbitral representation, which enables it to provide specifically tailored legal services and to avoid any potential risks for its clients.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has participated in many landmark transactions for key players such as the Bulgarian National Bank, Bulgarian Telecommunication Company, Bulgarian Stock Exchange, European Commission, Roche Bulgaria and Microsoft Corporation. The law firm is unquestionably recognized for knowledgeable professionals and outstanding legal assistance in multiple sectors by the most reputable international directories. Moreover, it is a member of several highly recognized global legal organizations, which provides it with an access to extensive information and professional networks, and facilitates the connection with foreign clients for legal issues in all aspects of law.   Georgiev, Todorov & Co. guarantees for the services provided through the implementation of internationally recognized certified systems of quality management (ISO). 

Firm's website: https://georg-tod.com/