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Varadinov & Co.
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The recent amendments of the Penal Code transpose the Directive 2009/52/ЕC of the European Parliament and the Council of 18.06.2009 providing on minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals. Art. 227 of the Penal Code provides for a sanction imprisonment of up to four years and a financial penalty up to two thousand BGN for a person who hires at the same time five or more third-country nationals illegally staying in Bulgaria, including the cases where the person hiring the third-country nationals is aware that the latter are victims of people trafficking. The sanction rises to five years of imprisonment and between five thousand and fifteen thousand BGN financial penalty in cases of systematic hiring of one or more illegally staying third-country nationals.