Date: 28.01.2021

Source: Bulgarian Industrial Association

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The texts refer to the activities of vocational training centers and companies whose activities are related to organizing events.

In letters to the Minister of Health, the Bulgarian Industrial Association demanded clear interpretations of the orders of the Ministry of Health in connection with the epidemic situation related to the activities of vocational training centers (VTCs) and companies whose activities are related to organizing events.

According to the Vocational Education and Training Act, VTCs provide trainings for acquiring professional qualification, as well as for acquiring professional qualification as part of a profession and conduct procedures for validation of the knowledge already acquired by individuals. The text under item 4 of Order RD-01-52 / 26.01.2021 of the Ministry of Health assumes that VTCs may continue their activities only for the trainings for acquiring legal capacity by profession, which are only part of the trainings conducted by VTCs. This would lead to a misinterpretation of the order by the responsible institutions (RHI, MLSP, NAVET, EA, etc.) and the continuation of restrictions on training in VTC.

It is not clear whether event companies are allowed to operate as usual or not. The reason for this hesitation is the existing restriction of their activity so far, and against this background in item 9c of order RD-01-51 / 26.01.2021 are explicitly stated exceptions for the use of protective equipment by "participants in congress-conference events, briefings, press conferences and seminars during the speech (lecture, presentation, etc.) subject to a physical distance of 1.5 m from the other participants. It is extremely important for event companies to know whether they have the right to carry out their direct activities in compliance with the relevant epidemic measures, especially since the period February-May is generally the busiest in terms of events and if these companies do not have the opportunity to carry out their activities will suffer serious losses.