Bulgaria regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Bulgaria's hate crime laws are a combination of specific penalty enhancements and substantive offences. The data reported to ODIHR do not present separately cases of hate crime, incitement to hatred and discrimination. The authorities responsible for collecting hate crime data are the Interior Ministry's Co-ordination, Information and Analysis Directorate, the Supreme Judicial Council's Commission on Professional qualification, IT and statistics, the Supreme Court of Cassation's Criminal College, the Supreme Prosecutor of Cassation's Analysis Unit, and the National Statistical Institute.
Eighty-five investigating police officers from the Investigation Department at the Regional Office of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works participated in a training workshop on "Practical difficulties in the investigation of crimes with a discriminatory element."
The Ministry of the Interior prepared two curricula for both new recruits and experienced police officers on working in multicultural environments, the use of force, aids and weapons from police authorities, anti-discrimination and hate crimes. The programme prepared 41 officers as trainers to further cascade the courses. This was part of a programme funded by Norway.
In its "Concluding observations on the combined twentieth to twenty-second periodic reports of Bulgaria," the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended the appointment of specialized hate crime prosecutors.
ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of Bulgaria have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.