The Prosecutor General is appointed and removed by the President of the Republic on a motion by the Supreme Judicial Council. Just like the Presidents of the Supreme Administrative Court and the Supreme Court of Cassation, he/she serves for a single term of seven years. The Prosecutor General is one of the ex officio members of the Supreme Judicial Council along with the President of the Supreme Administrative Court and the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation.
According to the Constitution, nominations for the position can be made by no less than one-fifth of Supreme Judicial Council members, as well as by the Minister of Justice. Nominations shall be made at two consecutive sessions of the SJC following the one at which the SJC adopts a resolution to open the election procedure.
The powers of the Prosecutor General include exercising supervision as to legality and providing methodological guidance regarding the work of all other prosecutors in the system. He may approach the Constitutional Court with request. All prosecutors and investigators are subordinate to the Prosecutor General.
The SJC opened the election procedure for a new Prosecutor General on November 8, 2012 with the adoption of procedural rules thereof. Boris Velchev, the former Prosecutor General, ended his mandate pro-term, as he was appointed for member of the Constitutional Court by the President. More information about the powers, the statute and the functions of the Prosecutor General is available in section “Documents”: Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria and Judiciary System Act.
Official website of the Prosecution Office of Republic Bulgaria: http://prb.bg/main/bg/