The Programme and Analytical Centre for European Law (PACEL) is a public benefit foundation established in 2000. PACEL is registered in the Central Registry for Public Benefit Organizations. The mission of the Programme and Analytical Centre for European Law is to support the efforts of Bulgaria in the process of accession to the European Union through harmonization of the national legislation with the Community law. At the same time, PACEL is not limited to the EU dimensions of the legal reform in Bulgaria. Models and practices of countries outside the EU are researched and promoted. PACEL pursues its mission on the basis of three groups of activities:


LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH

The legislative research is a focal point in the priority areas of PACEL. It is conducted through rendering an expert assistance to draft laws related to EU accession, prepared by Ministries, individual MPs and Parliamentary Commissions. The expert assistance is predominantly realized through comparative legal analyses focused on the regulatory framework of the Members States of the EU as well as the countries in accession. The comparative legal research as a strategic policy component helps the identification of national legislative priorities and, in addition, the refinement of quality criteria for assessing the assets of various policies. The uniqueness of the comparative research approach is due to the lack of analyses of the type within the law making process of Bulgaria traditionally underestimating the value of the foreign legal practice. PACELís comparative approach is methodologically developed by a highly qualified expert team, including university professors, legal consultants and lawyers involved with domestic and International Private and Public Law. PACEL has signed Memoranda of Agreement for providing analyses and research with the 39th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, and with the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The PACEL Foundation provides local and international consultations to different government and non-government stakeholders on specific regulatory issues concerning the approximation of the Bulgarian law with the acquis communautaire.


RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS

The PACEL Foundation implements projects that contribute to stimulating public debate on issues related to the Future of Europe and the EU enlargement. To this aim, PACEL organizes conferences, seminars, round tables and public discussion in terms of technological efficiency of the legislative process.