Internal restructuring
Yuzhna Bulgaria; Yugozapaden; Sofia
Location of affected unit(s)
Sofia, Ruse
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.11 - General public administration activities

150 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 July 2012
Employment effect (start)
25 July 2012
Foreseen end date
31 July 2012


Between 150 and 200 employees of the Bulgarian Customs Agency are being dismissed due to their lack of a university degree. The decision about the dismissals is based on a newly introduced classification of jobs in the state administration, which came into force in the beginning of July 2012.

According to the new regulations, customs officers are now classified as public administration officers. As such they become civil servants, which requires having a higher education degree.

In the process of EU and Schengen Area accession, Bulgaria went through a significant restructuring of its border management system. As part of the decentralization plan, the Customs Agency will be moved to the Danube city of Ruse, which triggered protests among its employees. The city was chosen based on the fact that the largest customs revenues are generated there.



  • 30 July 2012: Dnevnik
  • 25 July 2012: novinite


Eurofound (2012), Bulgarian Customs Agency, Internal restructuring in Bulgaria, factsheet number 73953, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73953.