Central Customs Directorate

 

General Administration

 

Finances, Property Management and Public Procurement Directorate

The ‘Finance, Property Management and Public Procurement” (FPMPP)  Directorate shall:
1. Provide financial and accounting services to the CCD;
2. Participate in drafting legislation on funds and budget planning and management within the National Customs Agency (NCA);
3. Develop summary draft NCA budget;
4. Prepare, justify and submit for approval the budget allocation for third-level NCA spending units in accordance with the respective budgetary procedure and control their expenditures;
5. Provide methodological guidance on the accountability of the customs administration and the enforcement of financial legislation;
6. Organize and control the current implementation of the approved budget;
7. Prepare periodic reports and the annual report and balance of the NCA;
8. Organise the reporting of state receivables collection for the state budget;
9. Develop methodological guidelines on reporting the revenue from state receivables, controlled by the customs authorities;
10. Exchange information and coordination with the Bulgarian National Bank and with the trade banks, servicing the accounts of the customs offices;   
11. Control the reporting of securities with cash deposits and bank guarantees;
12.  Perform preventive, ongoing and subsequent internal financial control within the NCA;
13 Summarise the results of the tolls and vignettes collected that are laid down in a legal act;.
14.  Organise, coordinate and plan the conducting of public procurement tenders within the customs administration.
15. Draft and legally coordinate individual administrative acts, documentation and contracts under the Public Procurement Act;
16. Implement litigation before law enforcement and judicial authorities in connection with legal proceedings under the Public Procurement Act, to which the Agency is a party;  
17. Exercise preliminary control for legality of the financial activity of the Central Customs Directorate, including assuming of debts and making expenditures pursuant to the Financial Management and Control in the Public Sector Act;
18. Summarise and propose for approval name lists for acquisition of long-term tangible assets and keeps record for the absorbed capital expenditure funds;  
19. Organise and coordinate the maintenance, reconstruction and management of public-state-property buildings and land and technical infrastructure not assigned to other ministers or heads of administrations for border control purposes, as well as facilities, provided to the National Customs Agency for management
20. Keep registers, store state property deeds and construction papers for entrusted state-owned buildings and property;
21.  Organise and coordinate the maintenance of entrusted BCP special communications and engineering facilities which are located at BCP areas;
22.. Ensure the preservation and protection of BCP state property as assigned to the NCA Director General;  
23. Coordinate NCA territorial unit actions in connection with the implementation of the activity under item 19;
 24. Provide for the maintenance of the national flag and the visualisation of the coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria in accordance with the regulatory requirements;
25. Provide for and organise the installation and maintenance of signs and inscriptions in Bulgarian and in English, indicating the location and terms for border crossing;
 26. Organise and coordinate the BCP and public area landscaping, road marking and cleaning;
27. Provide for and organise the implementation of other activities related to the maintenance, redevelopment and management of BCP buildings and land, in accordance with the legislation in force;
28. Prepare technical specifications for NCA property management and maintenance public procurement tenders;
29. Perform other activities, as assigned by the NCA Director General in line with the powers, conferred under Art. 7 and 7a of the Ordinance on Border Crossing Points;
30.  Organize and carry out NCA logistical supply activities;
31. Be responsible for the proper use and management of NCA property;
32. Provide methodological guidance and coordinate the disposal of abandoned and forfeited to the state goods through developing guidelines on the implementation of existing legislation;
33. Interact with competent authorities in connection with the disposal of goods abandoned and forfeited to the state and propose measures to improve working processes;
34. Participate with its representatives in working groups and give opinions in the drafting legal acts on the disposal of goods, abandoned and forfeited to the state.
35. Coordinate the management of the NCA recreation facilities. 

 

 

Human Resources Management Directorate

The 'Human Resources Мanagement’ Directorate' shall:
1. Develop and propose to the Director General of the NCA an entire strategy and policies for HR management and development, systems and procedures for their implementation and perfection;
2. Organise and administer the HR management activity in the NCA;
3. Develop prognoses and plans for HR in the customs administration, make analyses and prepare specific information in the HR area;
4. Prepare and update the staff establishment plan and the individual establishment plan;
5. Participate in the preparation and implementation of structural reforms in the NCA and the changes in the civil service and labour relationships associated thereof;
6. Organise the staff recruitment and selection process; apply, monitor and update the recruitment and selection by introducing psychological methods and rendering methodological assistance in organizing competitions under the Civil Service Act and procedures under the Labour Code;
7. When appointing and promoting NCA officials, organize conducting a survey on the professional and psychological employability under the terms and procedures for conducting the survey, defined with an ordinance of the Minister of Finance;  
8. Draft or participate with its representatives in drafting intra-Agency acts in the HR area and give opinions for HR management internal procedures and rules;
9. Give methodological guidance to the territorial directorates aiming at uniform application of the procedures and rules in force; consult the heads and officials in the Agency on HR management issues;
10. Develop internal rules and apply the remuneration and stimulation policies according to the legal basis and coordinate the application of the state requirements for labour regulation and payment of salaries in the Agency;
11. Organise and coordinate the efficient management and control of the entire process of NCA officials’ performance appraisal;
12. Analyse, evaluate and draft jobs in the Agency, organise the drawing up and update of job descriptions;
13. Organise the activities, related to the induction, motivation, professional development management, career advancement and staff mobility in the Agency;
14. Organise and exercise control over the activities on preparation and storage of all acts related to the establishment, amendment and termination of service and labour relationships, and their reflection in the HR management software product;
15. Draw up, keep and store the civil service and labour relationship personal employment files in accordance with the legislative basis, issue and keep record of the service cards of the NCA officials, keep a register of the declarations under Art. 35 of the Anti-Corruption and forfeiture of illegally acquired property Act;
16. Organise the development and coordinate the application of legislation related to the provision of health and safety work conditions;
17. Prepare opinions on draft legislative acts and other documents related to HR management;

 

 

Administrative Services and Communications  Directorate

The ‘Administrative Services and Communications’ Directorate shall:
1. Organise and coordinate the activity of administrative services to physical and legal entities and of handling of complaints, suggestions and alerts of citizens and organizations;
2. Organise and carry out the filing activities as it shall provide for the storage and bookkeeping of documents;
3. Make inquiries and prepare certified copies of the documents, which are stored in the NCA archive;
4.  Develop and offer for coordination draft NCA document flow rules;
5. Make entries in the Integrated Information System of the State Administration;
6. Implement relationship and coordination with other agencies and organisations;
7. Organize and control the process of preparation and distribution of NCA’s printed and audio-visual materials to create a positive image and popularization of the NCA policy;
8. Coordinate and control the update of information on the NCA official webpage and develop the basic principles for its development in order to offer services of the information society;
9. Plan, coordinate and carry out the NCA information and communication policy and ensure publicity and transparency of its activity, as it shall organize efficient communications with the media and the citizens, including by participating in the preparation and coordination of draft decisions for granting or refusal of access to public information;
 10. Develop, organize and assign information campaigns for preliminary presentation and making popular of the NCA activities and the preparation of general administrative acts developed by it;
11. Support the NCA participation in international meetings, sessions and other events;
12. Make a protocol translation of the international correspondence of the management and provide translation at international fora;
13. Prepare, coordinate, realize and report the organization, carrying out and the protocol servicing at formal and working meetings of the NCA management and maintain the protocol correspondence.  

 


Legal and Regulatory Directorate

The ‘Legal and Regulatory" Directorate shall:
1. Render legal assistance for the legitimate implementation of the powers of the Director General, related to its competence;
2. Render legal assistance in the application of legal acts, in which are indicated the obligations and the responsibilities of the customs administration;
3. Support the NCA Director General on legal issues of its competence;
4. Implement litigation before the judicial power and judicial authorities of the Republic of Bulgaria on proceedings, on which the Director General or the NCA are parties unless otherwise endorsed by the NCA Director General or the provided for in these Rules;  
5. Prepare position on preliminary rulings on which the NCA is a party to the main proceeding, jointly with the competent directorate of the specialized administration;
6. Participate in the preparation of draft positions of the Republic of Bulgaria on preliminary rulings, on which the NCA is a party to the main proceeding, jointly with the competent directorate of the specialized administration;
7. Implement litigation of the NCA before the Court of Justice of the European Unioin;
8. Prepare draft decisions for granting or refusal of access to public information based on a presented opinion by the respective administrative unit for the availability of information and its character;  
9. Prepare and legally coordinate the agreements, to which the NCA is a party, except the agreements, prepared and/or coordinated by the ‘Finance, Property Management and Public Procurement” Directorate pursuant to the Public Procurement Act;
10. Give opinions and coordinate for legality draft individual administrative acts of the Director General except the drafts, prepared and coordinated by ‘Customs Intelligence and Investigation” Directorate, and except the drafts, prepared and coordinated by ‘Finance, Property Management and Public Procurement” Directorate pursuant to the Public Procurement Act;
11. Prepare opinions on legal issues in respect to the activity and functions of the customs offices, put by legal and physical entities, and on appealed administrative acts;
12. Participate in the procedures for appointment of officers in the NCA and monitor for legality of the acts, related to the incurrence, amendment and termination of the service and labour relationships as well as with implementation of disciplinary liability of the officials;
13. Participate in commissions in the cases laid down in a normative act or by order of the NCA Director General, except the commissions, appointed pursuant to the Public Procurement Act;
14. Prepare and coordinate draft normative acts as well as express legal opinions on draft legal act presented for coordination;
15. Participate with its representatives in working groups for preparation of draft legal acts;
16. Implement legal ensuring in the elaboration of draft intra-Agency acts

 

National Training Centre Directorate

The ‘National Training Centre’ Directorate shall:
1. Participate in the development of the NCA strategy for training and qualification of customs officials;
2. Develop an annual programme for training of the officials in the customs administration;
3. Organise and carry out the training and qualification of the officials at job levels;
4. Keep register of the certificates for completed training course, issued under Art. 6, p. 15;
5. Analyse the need of professional knowledge improvement of customs officials, necessary for performing their duties, organize conducting of courses and other forms of training related thereto, analyse their performance and evaluate the results achieved;
6. Carry out methodological guidance, coordinate and control all forms and activities of training, conducted by the regional training centres;
7. Collect, systematize and store a library stock, related to the training and qualification of customs officials;
8. Cooperate with similar Bulgarian and foreign training institutions, aiming at exchanging of information and experience.

 

 


 

 

Specialised Administration

 

Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate

The ‘Customs Intelligence and Investigation’ Directorate shall:
1. Participate in the development of the customs policy in the area of prevention, intelligence and investigation of administrative offences/crimes of the competence of the customs officials;
2. Guide, support and control the activity of the territorial departments, and also it shall guide methodologically, support and control the activity of the customs offices in the area of:
а) Counteraction to administrative offences/crimes of the competence of the customs authorities;
b) Counteraction and investigation of the illegal trafficking in narcotic substances, precursors, defense-related products, and dual-use products and technologies;
c) Counteraction to infringements to the EU legislation, vesting control functions in the customs authorities;
d) Checks on persons, holding or carrying out activities with excise goods, and provision of evidence;
e) Control over the cash, precious metals, gemstones and items of them or made with them, carried across the state border;
 f) Counteraction and investigation of the cash, precious metals, gemstones and items of them or made with them, smuggled across the state border;
 g) implementation of intellectual property rights protection measures;
h) establishment of administrative offences and imposition of administrative penalties;
use of sniffer dogs;
3. Interact and exchange information with law-enforcement and judicial authorities in the area of intelligence and investigation of administrative offences/crimes of the competence of the customs authorities;
4. Implement risk management in a common framework, including exchange of risk information and of risk analysis results between the customs administration on the basis of established common risk criteria and standards, control measures and priority control areas;
5. Collect, process, analyse, assess and distribute data and information for the purposes of risk analysis and prevention from violations and crimes of the competence of the customs authorities:  
а) persons, sites, goods and means of transport, for which a risk has been identified;
 b) risk-related movement of goods;  
c) customs formalities, for which a risk has been identified;
d) activities with excisable goods and their movement, for which a risk has been identified;
6. Make risk assessment and develop risk profiles, offer measures to limit the options of risk exposure;
7. Plan and organise, including through a coordination centre, performing of physical checks, as it shall implement their direct operational guidance, where necessary;
8. organise and carry out checks in the BCP area and countrywide;
9. perform checks on persons, holding or carrying out activities with excise goods, and ensure evidence
10. Solely and together with the competent units from the NCA structure perform customs control and carry out checks to respect the customs, excise and currency legislation and to counteract customs, excise and currency violations and crimes, illegal trafficking of narcotic substances, precursors, dual-use weapons and goods as well as implementation of measures for Intellectual Property Rights protection;
11.Organise and carry out checks according to its competence under the Road Act;
12. Participate in the activity of the Coordination Council in the Fight against the Infringements, Affecting the EU Financial Interests (AFCOS);
13.; Perform mutual administrative assistance and cooperation within the scope of Council Regulation (EC) No. 515/1997, Naples II Convention and the administrative cooperation agreements concluded at EU and national level;  
14. Assist in various forms of training and assist in raising the qualification of the customs officials in the area of customs intelligence and investigation;
15. Carry out the check and infringement establishment activities in relation to the application of the EU legislation, assigning functions to the customs authorities;
  16.Accept, store and destroy narcotic substances and precursors;
17. Perform checks with specialised technical equipment and technical means with ionizing radiation sources for the needs of the customs supervision and control on goods and vehicles;
18. Plan and organise the whole activity with specialised technical equipment and technical means with ionizing radiation sources in the Agency in compliance with the national and Community legislation;
19. Coordinate, control and guide methodologically the territorial departments when they use specialised technical equipment and technical means with ionizing radiation sources;
20. Coordinate and control the activities in analysing the X-ray images received in the course of customs control, and summarise the results by means of 24-hour analysis centre as well as scan and read the images, made with specialised technical equipment with ionizing radiation sources as it shall reflect the results as per certain order;
21.; Plan, guide and control the activities on integration, operation and maintenance of specialised technical equipment and technical means with ionizing radiation sources in the Agency;
 22. Create and periodically update the database of scanned sites and monitor the technical condition of the specialized technical equipment;
23. Analyse the needs and participate in trainings in the area of use of specialised technical equipment and technical means with ionizing radiation sources;
24. Organise, carry out and coordinate operational search and convoy activity;
25. Organise and coordinate the crime investigation activity in the cases, under the terms and conditions provided for in the Penal Procedure Code as well as perform investigation or separate actions in the investigation of crimes under Art. 234, 242, 242a and 251 of the Penal Code and under Art. 255 of the Penal Code in respect to obligations for VAT from imports and excise duties, under the Penal-Procedure Code;
26. Monitor Internet, collect and analyse data in order to establish and detect  offences and crimes of the competence of the customs authorities;
27. Perform activity on establishment of administrative violations and imposition of administrative penalties;
28. Initiate administrative-penal proceedings upon establishment of offences of the competence of the customs authorities, collect, analyse and summarise evidence of offences perpetrated in the course of the administrative-penal proceeding;
29. Prepare draft penal statements, agreements for termination of administrative-penal proceedings, decisions for approval or refusal to approve concluded agreements, statements for imposition of security measures and orders for imposition of coercive administrative measures of the NCA competence;  
30. Collect, summarise and provide data for offences, established by customs authorities and stored in the NCA information funds;  
31.Carry  out survey, analysis and systematization of the activity on the application of the administrative-penal provisions of the customs, excise and currency legislation based on the administrative and judicial practice and give methodological directions aiming at increasing the efficiency in this area.
32. Ensure at legal and expert level the activity of the directorate, as it shall:  
а) Prepare and coordinate for legality draft individual administrative acts as per the competence of the directorate;
b); prepare draft legal and intra-agency acts as per the competence of the directorate;
c) Perform litigation on administrative-penal proceedings, as in other cases, assigned by the Director General;
33. Organise, coordinate and participate in specialised national and international operations;
34. Analyse and summarise the information related to exercising of operational control in respect to the application of the customs, currency and excise legislation;
35.Assist and coordinate the activity of the customs offices on administration of road and vignette fees at the border-crossing points in respect to the acting regime for the movement of motor vehicles on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria;
36. Exchange information with other directorates in the Central Customs Directorate and in the territorial directorates of the Agency according to their competence in respect to the activity on the prevention and detection of customs, excise and currency violations and crimes;
37. Be responsible for the functioning of the tobacco products tracing system laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 of 15 December 2017 on the technical standards for the setting up and work with tobacco tracing system (OJ, L 96/7 of 16 April  2018.);
38. Coordinate and control the work of the customs dog training school.

 

 

Information Systems and Analytics Directorate

The ‘Information Systems and Analytics” Directorate shall:  
1. Participate in the elaboration of the strategy, priorities, development plans and programmes in the area of information technologies in the Agency;
2. Determine the development guidelines, organise and control the integration of new information and communication technologies in the Agency;
3. Carry out the planning and organisation of activities on the development of services, provided by the NCA e-portal in accordance with the accepted standards and the EU requirements;
4. Provide the interaction with the automated information systems, functioning in other state bodies and institutions;
5. Ensure compliance of the information systems of the customs administration with the EU requirements;
6. Examine the NCA information needs, conduct analyses and make proposals for the acquisition, usage and modernisation of hardware, software products and services in the area of information technologies in the Agency;
7. Coordinate, guide and participate in setting up of the customs administration information system business models;
8.  Organise, manage and coordinate the activities on planning, building, maintenance and development of customs administration’s information systems;
9. Provide continuous technical monitoring and control, administer and maintain the information technology infrastructure and the customs administration information system performance;
10. Participate in the preparation of the security documents needed for the accreditation of the automated information systems or classified information networks, in their administration and in the process of their development and operation;
11. Carry out methodological guidance to the archiving of specific customs documents in the customs offices;
12. Carry out methodological guidance and help the customs offices in the processes of electronic data exchange (exchange, structure and format of the messages and data sets) in the scope of the information systems of the Agency;
13. Participate in the elaboration and give opinions on draft legal acts according to the competence of the directorate;
14. Develop strategic documents regarding the informational and analytical activity and offer long- and short-term priorities;
15. Make analyses and expert-analytical assessment in the formation of concepts in relation to the NCA activity implementation;
16. Assist the Director General in the formulation of the NCA goals, plan their implementation and assess the effect from their achievement; analyse the effect from the implementation of the excise duty collection measures;
17. Develop documents of planning, programming and reporting nature within the strategic planning processes;
18. Develop guidelines for the provision of the informational and analytical activity of the units in the NCA;
19. Prepare and apply methodology on information collection, analysis and evaluation of work processes by developing and integrating performance indicators, identify and make proposals for their optimisation;
20. Assist informationally the decision-making activity of the Director General and carrying out of efficient control activity by the customs authorities as it (the directorate) shall prepare and provide informational and analytical materials
21. Process and analyse information, acquired at or on occasion of implementation of the NCA activities;
22. Require information and opinions from the NCA structures in respect to analyses and checks assigned by the Director General;  
23. In the area of statistics, implement the liasions and the coordination with the other agencies, the information exchange with other state bodies, international data exchange with other customs administrations and keep a database
24. Organize, manage and ensure the activities in the area of the customs and excise statistics;
25. Elaborate and summarise analyses and statistical prognoses on the activity of the customs administration.

 

Customs activity and methodology Directorate

The ‘Customs Activity and Methodology” Directorate shall:   
1. Participate in the development and the application of legislation in the area of:  customs regimes and procedures, EU commodity nomenclatures, tariff classification, customs valuation, origin of goods, VAT at import of goods, customs debt and security, customs еxemptions, tariff and non-tariff measures, as well as the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy of the EU;
2. Coordinate the process of the application of legislation in the area of export control of dual-use products and technologies and defense-related-products, and cooperate with the respective competent authorities;
3. Assist and support the working groups to the EU Matters Council with the Council of Ministers in the activities under p.1 and 2;
4. Participate in the work of committees, sessions, work groups and other similar fora, held within the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe, the World Customs Organisation, the Common Transit Convention and other international events as per the competences of the directorate
5. Develop or participate with its representatives in the development of draft legal and intra-agency acts, related to the activities under p.1 and 2;  
6. Prepare opinions on draft legal acts, related to the activities under p.1 and 2, sent for coordination by other state bodies, and intra-agency acts, sent for coordination by other directorates or autonomous units;
7. Participate in working meetings, seminars, discussions, negotiations, etc, on issues from the areas under p.1 and 2;
8. Prepare opinions and provide to the interested persons information on the application of the legislation, related to the activities under p.1 and 2;
9. Guide methodologically and assist the customs offices in the application of the legislation in the areas under p.1 and 2;  
10. Prepare draft individual administrative acts and decisions, related to the application of customs legislation;
11.Administer the activities, related to the issuance of decisions pursuant to Art. 16з and Art. 19, para, 2 and 3 of the Customs Act, including organize, coordinate and control the activities, related to the issues of the Authorised Economic operators;
12. Analyse and summarise the information in the area of customs legislation;
13. Participate in the preparation of draft legal acts and prepare intra-agency acts of the competence of the directorate;
14. develop and participate in the development of draft instructions and cooperation and interaction agreements with the competent authorities in respect to the application of customs legislation and the EU legislation, related to the protection of life and health of citizens, of animals and plants, of cultural and historical heritage, environment etc., as well as cooperate for application of the measures for market supervision;  
15. Organise and implement the administrative cooperation with the competent national authorities, with the customs authorities and with other EU Member States in respect to the implementation of the Common Agriculture Policy measures;
16. Fulfill functions of a competent authority in the meaning of Art.7, para 1 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 2173/2005 of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community;
17. Organise and coordinate the administrative cooperation based on the free trade agreements, concluded by the Union with partner countries, or on measures, adopted unilaterally by the Union in respect to third countries or territories, or in the meaning of the provisions to prove free circulation of the goods in the Customs Union EU-Turkey, with the competent national authorities and with the authorities of other states in respect to application of the rules of origin of goods;
18. Organise and coordinate the system of customs exemptions of the European Union, as well as fulfilment of the obligation for exemption from import duties in respect to privileges or immunities, provided for in multilateral or bilateral international contracts, agreements, arrangements and conventions;
19. Administer the information in the TARIC national application, the Tariff Quota Management System and the Monitoring Data Management System;
20. Coordinate the activity on presentation before the European Commission of the requests and objections of economic operators for introduction of autonomous measures for duty suspension;
21.Administer the registration data for exporters from the European Union in the REX system and the decisions under Art.19, para 2 of the Customs Act in the Customs Decision Management System – CDMS;
22. Carry out exchange of documents, used at transit procedure, with other EU Member States, with the countries with Common Transit procedure and with the countries to TIR Convention, as well as exchange of information between the coordination centres of the Member States for ATA carnets;
23. Maintain database, related to the competences of the directorate;
24.Monitor for the amendments to the EU customs legislation and where necessary, shall develop guidelines for its application;  
25. Participate in the exchange of data and information under the administrative cooperation at international and national level in the area of customs debt and the traditional own resources, as it:
а) Collects and exchanges information with the offices, competent on traditional own resources, of the EU Member States, and with the offices of the European Commission;
b) Registers the cases of fraud and irregularities with import duties exceeding 10 000 EUR and, where necessary, updates already registered cases in the OWNRES system;
c) Prepares and submits the ‘A’ and ‘B’ account statements for customs duties to the Own Resources Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Finance;
26. Render assistance in the activity of qualification of customs officials;  
27. Assist ‘The Legal-normative’ Directorate in drafting positions on preliminary rulings, to which the Agency is a party in the main proceedings;
28. Assist ‘The Legal-normative’ Directorate in drafting positions of the Republic of Bulgaria on preliminary rulings, related to the competence of the directorate, to which the Agency is a party in the main proceedings.

 

Excise Activity and Methodology  Directorate

The “Excise Duties and Methodology’ Directorate shall: 
1. Within its competencies, participate in the development and application of the excise duty legislation related to the production, warehousing, movement of excise goods and their charging with excise duty;

2. Prepare or participate with its representatives in the preparation of draft legal and intra-Agency acts, related to the taxation and control of excise goods;
3. Exercise coordination, monitoring and supervision over the activity of the customs offices on the implementation of the legal and administrative acts in the area of excise legislation;
4. Analyse and summarise the information related to the excise legislation implementation;
5. Guide methodologically and support the customs offices in the area of excise duties, the checks to find facts and circumstances of importance for the excise obligation and the audits to establish excise obligations;
6. Provide information and prepare opinions regarding the implementation of the legal and administrative acts in the area of excise legislation;  
7. Prepare draft individual administrative acts and decisions for application of the legal and administrative acts in the area of excise legislation;
8. Participate in conducting of working meetings, discussions, etc., on issues related to the competences of the directorate;
9. Collect and exchange information with other governmental bodies;
10. Collect and exchange information with the offices competent in excise duties of the EU Member States;
11.Assist the Director General in issuing tax warehouses operation authorisations and certificates for registered prices of tobacco products;
12. Keep the registers under the Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses Act;
13. Render assistance in the activity of qualification of customs officials and economic operators;
14. Prepare opinions on draft legal acts, prepared in other agencies and related to the excise legislation;
15. Monitor the changes in the EU excise legislation and develop guidelines for its application;
16. Assist the ’Legal and Regulatory’ Directorate in the drafting positions on preliminary rulings, on which the Agency is a party to the main proceedings;
17.Assist the ’Legal and Regulatory’ Directorate in drafting positions of the Republic of Bulgaria on preliminary rulings related to the competence of the directorate, to which the Agency is a party in the main proceedings;
18. Participate in drafting legal acts and intra-agency acts of the competence of the directorate;  
19. Participate in the activities on creation and support of the information systems of the customs administration.

 

 

Post-release Control Directorate

The Post-release Control Directorate shall:
1. Guide methodologically and assist the customs offices in the area of:
а) preliminary controls on applicants for issuance of authorisations under the customs legislation;
b) preliminary controls for issuance of an Authorised Economic Operator certificate and ex post controls on certificate holders;
c) post-clearance control and customs debt, incurred as a result of the checks performed;
d) controls for establishment of facts and circumstances of importance for excise obligations and audits for establishment of excise obligations;
2. Monitor the changes in the EU customs legislation related to post clearance, and develop guidelines in respect to its application;
3. Participate in drafting of legal acts related to the post clearance control in the area of
customs and excise legislation;
4. Give opinions on draft legal and other acts, prepared in other governmental bodies, according to the competencies of the directorate;
5. Prepare and legally coordinate draft decisions:
а) in respect to appeal proceedings of individual administrative acts, issued as a result of controls carried out by post-clearance control units;
 b) under the Tax and Social Insurance Procedure Code in connection with administrative appeal of amended audit statements by  administrative order;
6. Prepare and legally coordinate draft individual administrative acts according to the competence of the directorate;
7.  Analyse and summarise the information, related to post-clearance control in respect to the application of customs and excise legislation;
8. Prepare a control plan on the post-clearance control unit activity control in respect to the application of  customs legislation;
9. Select physical and/or legal entities which are subject to controls under the customs legislation;
10. Coordinate and participate in preliminary checks and controls within the post-clearance control on the application of customs legislation;
11. Report the results of the control activity, analyse the prerequisites for
commitment of infringements to the customs legislation and offer measures for their elimination;  
12. Prepare plan for the control of post-clearance units in the area of the excise legislation;
13. Select tax-liable persons for performing of controls and audits in the area of excise legislation;
14. Report, assess and analyse the results from the implementation of the control activity of post-clearance control units in the applications of excise legislation and offer measures for their elimination;
15. Coordinate and participate in controls and audits in the area of customs legislation;
16. create and maintain database, which are related to the competences of the directorate;
17. Coordinate the draft simplified declaration procedure authorisations, prepared by the competent customs office;
18. Initiate and/or participate in consultation procedures, related to the issuance of Single authorisations for simplified procedures (SASP);
19. Organise, coordinate and control the activities, related to:
а) Preliminary check on applications submitted for issuance of Authorised Economic Operator certificate;
b) Consultation and information exchange with the customs authorities of the other Member States;
c) Preparation and implementation of the activities, related to the issuance of Authorised Economic Operator certificate or to the issuance of a decision rejecting the application;
d) Management of the AEO certificates issued;
20. Participate in the activities of building and maintenance of customs administration’s information systems; Administer the registration data in the Authorised Economic Operator System(AEO);
21. Render assistance in the customs officials’ qualification activity;
22. Participate in working meetings jointly with the economic operators and provide information to interested persons on the application of the customs and excise legislation within the competences of the directorate;
23. Guide methodologically and render methodological assistance in taking decisions on incurrence and securing of customs debt in the post-clearance control area;

 

Central Customs Laboratory Directorate

The ‘Central Customs Laboratory’ Directorate shall:
1.    Examine, analyse and identify goods for the purposes of the customs supervision and control;
2.    Examine, analyse and identify goods subject to excise duty;
3.    Examine, analyse and identify goods to which the measures of the EU Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy shall apply;
4.    Examine, analyse and identify goods for the need of their classification in the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union;
5.    Examine, analyse and identify goods subject to special measures including non-tariff ones according to the legislation in force;
6.    Organise and carry out activities for research, analysis and identification of goods with a mobile lab;
7.    Collect, process, systematize and store documents and specialised scientific and technical information related to its activity;
8.    Adopt, develop and implement standard, new, modified and alternative methods for examination, analysis and identification of goods;
9.    Provide and store standard samples, certified reference materials and standards;
10.    Organize, coordinate and report the activity of the other customs laboratories;
11. Render expert scientific and technical assistance to the customs administration;
12. Cooperate with Bulgarian and foreign laboratories, organisations, physical and legal persons related to the field of activity;
13. Prepare and issue, upon request of the customs offices, technical information for dangerous and harmful materials and products;
14. Guide methodologically and help the customs offices in the establishment of an organisation for sampling by the customs authorities.

 

International Affairs Directorate

The ‘International Affairs’ Directorate shall:
1. Participate in the development and monitor the implementation of underlying and strategic documents and operation plans, related to the fulfilment of the obligations, arising from Bulgaria's membership in the EU, in their part within the Agency's competence;
2. Coordinate the participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in EU programmes in their part within the Agency's competence;
3. Guide and take part in the work of Working Group No. 24 ‘Customs Union and Customs Cooperation’ and in that of other working groups to the European Matters Council to the Council of Ministers;
4. Coordinate the preparation of draft positions on issues within the Agency's competence, which are reviewed by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission and their ancillary bodies in the EU decision-making process;
5. Coordinate the participation of the Agency's officials and take part in the work of the bodies of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and other international organizations;
6. Guide the work of the NCA representative to the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in EU in Brussels, Belgium;  
7. Prepare, organize and conduct the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union in the customs area;
8. Participate in the process of the Republic of Bulgaria's accession to international customs conventions and agreements and assist the other directorates in fulfilling the commitments, resulting from those international agreements for the customs administration;
9. Implement and coordinate the Agency's cooperation with other customs administrations; take part in the process of preparation, coordination and concluding of bilateral customs agreements;
10. Coordinate the participation of NCA officials and directly participate in the work of the World Customs Organization and coordinate the preparation of the coordinated positions of the Republic of Bulgaria and of the EU;
11. Coordinate and participate in the representation of the Agency in regional initiatives and projects;
12. Prepare the materials and participate in the work with international organizations and institutions as far as they perform activity related to the Agency's competences;
13. Participate in the programming process of the European Union and of other international organizations and institutions and in the drafting of documentation for implementation of the projects under those programs in their part falling within the Agency's competence;  
14. Coordinate the implementation of the current projects under the programmes of the European Union and other international organizations and institutions in the Agency's competence;
15. Organize and coordinate the Agency's participation in international meetings, sessions and other events;  
16. Translate the international correspondence of the NCA management and provides interpretation at international fora, where necessary.

 

 


 

Independent Units

 

Inspectorate

 The Inspectorate is directly subordinate to the Director General (DG) towards exercising administrative control over the activity of the customs administration.
The Inspectorate shall prepare a strategic plan for its activity and perform checks under an annual plan as proposed by the Head of Inspectorate and endorsed by the Director General of the Agency. The Inspectorate shall also carry out checks on ad-hoc basis and on high-visibility cases, assigned by the Director General of the Agency:
(3) The Inspectorate has the following functions:
1. Carries out scheduled and unscheduled checks on the exercising of customs control on structures, activities and processes in the Agency;  
2. Scrutinizes the corruption risk and offers measures to limit the gaps and irregularities established;
3. Collects and analyses information and performs checks on the establishment of offences, corruption acts and inefficient work of the administration;
4. Carries out checks on alerts and proposals against illegal and incorrect actions or inactions of the Agency’s officials;
5. Checks the observation of the laws, regulations and intra-Agency acts related to the organisation of work by the Agency officials;
6. Makes proposals to the Director General for initiation of disciplinary proceedings at established breaches of duties as well as of the Code of Conduct for the Officials in the State Administration and of the Code of Conduct of the Customs Official;
7. Monitors the actions taken to eliminate the weaknesses and infringements found during checks;
8. Exercises control and carries out checks in relation to the Counteraction to Corruption and Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Property Act and the Ordinance on the organisation and order for performing a check on the declarations and for ascertainment of conflict on interests, adopted with Decree No. 209 of the Council of Ministers as of 2018 (SG, issue 81 of 2018);
9. Participates in drafting of, and makes proposals for new and amended intra-Agency acts, regulating the organisation of work and the activity of the Agency;
10. Sends alerts to the national prosecution authorities when data for committed offences are established during checks, including ones committed by officials of the Agency;
11. Draws up administrative offence statements under Art. 238b of the Customs Act, Art. 173, 174 and 176 of the Anti-corruption and Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Property Act, Art 302, 303 and 305 in relation to Art. 307, para. 1 of the Administrative-Procedure Code and under Art. 32 of the Administrative Offences and Penalties Act in the cases, when obligations are violated in respect to the administrative services, which are laid down in the Ordinance on the Administrative Services, adopted with Decree No. 246 of the Council of Ministers of 2006;  
12. Carries out checks on the provision of administrative services;
13.Carries out also other activities, related to the administrative control, arising out of legal acts or assigned by the Director General of the Agency.


The checks of the Inspectorate shall be carried out on the basis of a written order or a written instruction of the Director General.
The Head of the Inspectorate shall report to the Director General on the results of the checks carried out, and shall make proposals for elimination of gaps and offences found.
The Agency officials are obliged to render full assistance to the inspectors from the Inspectorate while performing their functions. The inspectors from the Inspectorate are entitled to:
1. free access to all facilities, documents and to all the information, which is necessary to perform their duties;
2. to check all documents and information carriers, including electronic, the management and control systems and others, which are of importance for performing their functions;  
3. to require documents, data, information, inquiries and other information carriers from the persons checked and from other structural units, which are necessary to perform the checks.   
The Head of the Inspectorate shall present a report to be endorsed by the Director General on the Inspectorate activity every year till 15th February. The Inspectorate, on an annual basis, up until 15 February, shall present a report for its activity to be endorsed by the Director General.  

 

Personal Data Protection Officer
The Personal Data protection Officer is directly subordinate to the Director General of the National Customs Agency and shall perform activities on the legitimate application of the legislative acts in the area of personal data and in compliance with Regulation 679/2016 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)
 The Personal Data Protection Officer shall:
1. control and monitor the respecting of the rules on the data protection and ensure the application of the data protection policy in the Agency;
2. inform and consult the Director General of the Agency and the officials for their duties, arising out of the General Data Protection Regulation and the legal acts, regulating the personal data protection;
3. monitors on the awareness and the training of the Agency officials in the area of the personal data protection;
4. inform and give recommendations in respect to the compliance of the operations on personal data processing with the established requirements;
5. provide expert opinions and directions on issues, related to the legislative and regulatory data protection, and report risks which are related to the operation on personal data processing;  
6. realizes the cooperation with the Personal Data Protection Commission and is a contact point for the Personal Data Protection Commission on issues related to the personal data processing;
7. assist the organization of the processing of the data in compliance with the applicable rules for data protection according to the purposes of the processing;
8. participate in all issues related to data protection;
9. perform internal analysis of the personal data processing activities;
10. report the risks, related to the data processing operations, as it takes account of the nature, scope, context and purposes of the processing;
11. provide timely information on the risks to the data protection and lead to improvement of the protection measures applied;
12. participate in the preparation of documents, related to data protection;
13. offer directions regarding the risk assessments, the counteraction and impact assessment on the data protection in the Agency;
14. take actions within its competence on submitted requests, appeals and alerts;
15. organize and control the keeping of registers of the activities on processing of personal data;
16. ensure legality at the transfer of personal data to third countries or international organisations;
17. perform also other tasks, which arise out from legal acts, regulating the data protection, or were assigned by the Director General of the Agency in this area.

 

 

Security unit

The Security unit is structured as a department and is directly subordinate to the Director General of the National Customs Agency.
(2) The Head of the Security Unit Department shall perform the functions of an information security officer and of a Head of Disaster Protection and Defence and Mobilisation Preparation Unit.
(3) The Head of the ‘Security Unit’ Department shall perform it activity under the Classified Information Protection Act.
(4) The Security Unit shall:  
1. Monitor the compliance with the Classified Information Protection Act and the international treaties relating to classified information protection;
2. Apply the rules on the types of classified information protection;
3. Carry out periodic checks of the records and the movement of materials and documents;
4. Conduct the procedure for ordinary clearance under Art. 47 of the Classified Information Protection Act and shall keep a register of the persons cleared;
5. Organise, coordinate and methodologically guide the activities relating to the accreditation of automated information systems or networks for classified information;
6. Organise and conduct training for the Central Customs Directorate staff in the field of classified information protection and shall render methodological assistance to the territorial directorates on the issues of its competence;
7. Plan, provide for and organise the activities for disaster or other emergency protection and on establishment of the critical infrastructures and their sites in the Agency; organize and carry out the activities and tasks on the defence and mobilization preparation and setting of the Agency from peace regime to higher degrees of readiness for wartime operation;
9. Organize non-stop manned surveillance and control of security, and alarm; provide for the development, maintenance and repair and exercise control at the use of security, fire alarm and fire-fighting installations; plan, ensure and control the security and admissive regime in the administrative complex of the Central Customs Directorate;
10. Draw up internal rules, plans and other documents within the competence of the unit.
 (5) The Security Unit shall keep registers for national classified information and EU classified information and shall be responsible for the duly creation, processing, storage and transmission of classified information.

 

Network and Information Security Unit

The Network and Information Security Unit is structured as a department that reports directly to the Director General of the National Customs Agency and operates under the Ordinance on Minimal Requirements for Network and Information Security, adopted by the Council of Ministers under Decree No. 186/2019
The Information and Network Security Unit shall:
1. Manage the activities, associated with achieving of high level of network and information security of the National Customs Agency in conformity with the legislative basis, policies and objectives for network and information security in cooperation with the ‘Information Systems and Analytical Activity’ Directorate and the Internal Audit Unit;
2.Participate in the elaboration of policies, internal rules and the documented information;  
3. Develop and offer approaches and solutions for improvement of the network and information security of the National Customs Agency;
4. Develop and submit instructions, guidelines and procedures on network and information security to the DG for endorsement;
5. Monitor the implementation of instructions, directions and procedures, endorsed by the Director General, related to the network and information security;
6. Keep a list of threats and potential risks in the area of ​​network and information security;
7. Monitors for the observing of the internal rules in the meaning of Art. 5, para 1, p.6 of the Order on the minimal requirements for network and information security and application of the laws, regulations, standards, policies and rules for network and information security;
8. Advise the NCA management on matters, pertaining to network and information security;
9. Manage the periodic risk assessments for the network and information security;
10. Periodically (at least once a year), prepare reports on the state of play in the field network and information security and submit them to the DG;
11. Organise, coordinate and participate in the training of NCA management and officials on network and information security issues;
12. Organise periodic review of the network and information security and the relevance of the measures taken;
13. Organise checks on the relevance of the plans to deal with incidents and action plans in cases of emergencies, natural disasters and other force majeur circumstances; analyse the results thereof and organise amendment to the plans, if necessary;
14. Liaise with other administrations, organizations and experts in the field of information security;
15. Monitors for the correct keeping of the incidents’ register;
16. Inform about incident the respective sectoral team for reaction to incidents with computer security pursuant to the Order on the minimal requirements for network and information security;
17. Organise and participate in the analysis of the incidents with network and information security, the reaction to incidents, offer actions to compensate the consequences and measures to improve the network and information security;
18. Propose activities for the timely installation of correcting software (patches) by reporting of the software and hardware available in the respective administration and monitor their implementation;
19. Monitor the novelties in the security threats by reporting of the software and hardware available in the Agency, including for the emergency of new viruses and damaged code, spam and attacks, timeely make suggestions to the DG on the adequate countermeasures;      
 20. Organise penetration tests, reveal weaknesses in the NCA network and propose measures to improve network and information security
21. Organise tests to detect vulnerabilities in the information and communication systems of the NCA and propose measures for their elimination;
22. Organise and cooperate when conducting of audits, checks and inquiries and when sending the results thereof to the respective national competent authority;
23.  Make proposals to the NCA DG Make suggestion for launching disciplinary proceedings for violation of security rules to the DG;

 

Internal Audit Unit

The Internal Audit Unit is structured as a department and reports directly to the Director General of the National Customs Agency and undertakes internal audits under the Public Sector Internal Audit Act.
The Internal Audit Unit shall audit all structures, programmes, activities and processes in the NCA and lower level budget spending units with the DG of the NCA.
The Internal Audit Unit shall:
1. Plan, execute and report internal audit activities in accordance with the provisions of the Public Sector Internal Audit Act, the international standards for professional practice in internal audit, the Code of Ethics for the internal auditors, the status of the Internal Audit Unit and the methodology for internal audit in the public sector endorsed by the Minister of Finance;
2. Give the NCA DG an independent and objective assessment on the status of the financial management and control of all audited NCA structures, programmes, activities and processes, including observing the principles of legality, sound financial management and transparency.
3. Advise the NCA DG, upon its request, by providing advice, opinion, training, etc. aiming at improving risk management and control processes without assuming managerial responsibility.