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Конституционни измерения на българската културна идентичност
Constitutional Dimensions of Bulgarian Cultural Identity

Author(s): Hristo Paunov
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law
Published by: Институт за държавата и правото - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Cultural identity; Constitution; statutory regulation of cultural values; safeguarding of cultural heritage
Summary/Abstract: The cultural heritage of the nation along with its material and spiritual dimensions is an important factor for realizing the cultural belonging of each individual, as well as of society as a whole. To this end, the cultural heritage and cultural values of a people constitute an emanation of its cultural identity, and the preservation and respect for this heritage and these values is an expression of the respect to the very people and its national identity. Therefore, the act of juridical regulation at the constitutional level of the principle that everyone is entitled to benefit from the national and universal human cultural values is in and of itself an act of enshrining the right of cultural identity in the Constitution.Cultural identity and supporting the basic principles in relation to the legal framework of cultural heritage have their constitutional dimensions from the perspective of their guaranteeing by the Fundamental Law of the country.Bulgarian cultural identity is outlined as a core of values and principles set forth, expressed and defined in Bulgarian constitutions from the Liberation to the present day. The legitimate definition of the Bulgarian cultural identity is reflected in the constitutional development of Bulgaria and the dimensions of that development are the subject of the present report.