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Bulgaria signed the Convention on 3 December 1997, ratified it on 4 September 1998, and the Convention entered into force for Bulgaria on 1 March 1999.


Obligations under the Convention

In its initial transparency report submitted on 27 August 1999, Bulgaria reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control. 

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. Albania however, opted not to retain anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

As of 2020, Bulgaria reported having 3,318 anti-personnel mines retained for these permitted purposes.

In its transparency report submitted in 2001, Bulgaria reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.

In total, Bulgaria reported having destroyed 890,221 mines.

In its initial transparency report Bulgaria reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control. 

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Bulgaria undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2009.

In its Article 7 transparency report submitted on 5 April 2000, Bulgaria reported it had cleared all mined areas under its jurisdiction or control by 31 October 1999.

At the Fourth Meeting of the States Parties, Bulgaria formally declared it had fulfilled its Article 5 obligation.

Declaration of Completion

Annually and no later than 30 April, each State Party is to update information covering the previous calendar year. The latest Article 7 reports for this State Party can be found further below.

Each State Party is to take all appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, including the imposition of penal sanctions, to prevent and suppress any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention undertaken by persons or on territory under its jurisdiction or control. 

Bulgaria has reported having established national implementation measures or that it considers existing legislation to be sufficient.