ELRC Workshop in Bulgaria
The Bulgarian ELRC workshop was held on March 18th, 2016 at the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria. The event was organized by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Bulgarian Language, with the support of the DGT office in Sofia. The workshop was attended by 130 participants including representatives of the European Commission, 13 Bulgarian ministries, the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Council of Ministers, several national institutes and agencies, as well as the private sector, including representatives of translation and interpretation agencies, NGOs, IT companies, translators and interpreters.
The opening addresses were delivered by Ognian Zlatev (Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria), Hristo Hristov (Head of the Information Technology Directorate to the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication), Svetla Koeva (ELRC Technology National Anchor Point, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and Stelios Piperidis (ELRC /ILSP).
The program featured presentations by representatives of ELRC and the EC, as well a number of panel discussions with local experts from the government sector and public institutions.
The participants were engaged in the workshop topics, discussing mainly the advantages and potential limitations of sharing data, while several possible paths towards the contribution of data from the public sector were identified. Overall, it was stressed that the public institutions have resources that they can contribute, provided that there is a formal request and related documentation coming from highly ranked public administration officials. The participants identified the need to determine by official channels the person and/or the department in an institution entitled to provide documents, the procedures to be employed when providing documents, and the person and/or department that can determine exactly which documents to be provided.