CONSTITUTION

Chapter One: Fundamental Principles

Chapter Two: Fundamental Rights and Obligations of Citizens

Chapter Three: National Assembly

Chapter Four: President of the Republic

Chapter Five: Council of Ministers

Chapter Six: Judicial Power

Chapter Seven: Local Self-Government and Local Administration

Chapter Eight: Constitutional Court

Chapter Nine: Amendments to the Constitution. Adoption of a New Constitution

Chapter Ten: Coat of Arms, Seal, Flag, Anthem, Capital

Transitional and Concluding Provisions



Chapter Seven

Local Self-Government and Local Administration

Article 135.

    (1) The territory of the Republic of Bulgaria shall be divided into municipalities and regions. The territorial division and the prerogatives of the capital city and the other major cities shall be established by a law.
    (2) Other administrative territorial units and bodies of self-government shall be establishable by a law.

Article 136.

    (1) A municipality shall be the basic administrative territorial unit at the level of which self-government shall be practiced. Citizens shall participate in the government of the municipality both through their elected bodies of local self-government and directly, through a referendum or a general meeting of the populace.
    (2) The borders of a municipality shall be established following a referendum of the populace.
    (3) A municipality shall be a legal entity.

Article 137.

    (1) Municipalities shall be free to associate in the solution of common matters.
    (2) The law shall establish conditions conducive to association among municipalities.

Article 138. The body of local self-government within a municipality shall be a municipal council elected directly by the populace for a term of four years by a procedure established by a law.

Article 139.

    (1) The mayor shall be the body of executive power within a municipality. He shall be elected by the municipal council for a term of four years by a procedure established by a law.
    (2) In his activity a mayor shall be guided by the law, the acts of the municipal council and the sense of the populace.

Article 140. A municipality shall be entitled to own municipal property, which it shall use to the interest of the territorial community.

Article 141.

    (1) A municipality shall have its own budget. (2) A municipality's permanent sources of revenue shall be established by a law.
    (3) The state shall ensure the normal work of the municipalities through budget appropriations and other means.

Article 142. A region shall be an administrative territorial unit entrusted with the conduct of a regional policy, the implementation of state government on a local level, and the ensuring of harmony of national and local interests.

Article 143.

    (1) Each region shall be governed by a regional governor aided by a regional administration.
    (2) A regional governor shall be appointed by the Council of Ministers.
    (3) The regional governor shall ensure the implementation of the state's policy, the safeguarding of the national interests, law and public order, and shall exercise administrative control.

Article 144. The central bodies of state and their local representatives shall exercise control over the legality of the acts of the bodies of local government only when authorized to do so by a law.

Article 145. A municipal council shall be free to challenge before a court any act which encroaches on its rights.

Article 146. The organization and the procedures of the bodies of local self-government and local administration shall be established by a law.


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