Source: (2008) European Forum for Restorative Justice. 9(1):11-12

At the end of 2007 restorative justice developments in Bulgaria were significantly accelerated. Two big events - a work-shop and a round-table discussion on perspectives on mediation in penal matters - were successfully organized in Sofia by the National Association of Mediator, an umbrella organization, the Union of Bulgarian Jurists and the Institute of Conflict Resolution, and sponsored by the Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX), DG Enlargement of the European Commission and the 'Institut Francais', Sofia. Both events were part of the campaign for the promotion of restorative justice and victim-offender mediation, in compliance with several instruments of the EU, Council of Europe, UN, etc. They are attracted more than 80 representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, the judiciary, NGOs, practicing mediators, and researches from Bulgaria and abroad. (Excerpt)