Bulgaria Constitutional Court Annuls Disputed Budget Act Texts

Domestic | April 6, 2010, Tuesday // 14:52|  views

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court annulled 3 of the 4 texts in the State Budget Act which, according to the Opposition, make the existence of the Parliament pointless. File Photo

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court declared three disputed texts of the 2010 State Budget Act anti-constitutional, the Court's press center informs.

In January, Members of the Bulgarian Parliament from the opposition Socialist Party and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) filed a suit with the Constitutional Court over “unacceptable transfer of powers from the Parliament to the Council of Ministers.”

The magistrates annulled the most argued about text which provided the cabinet with the authority to reduce the non-interest expenditures in the event of worsening of the economic and financial indicators of the country without the Parliament's permission.

The text giving the Council of Ministers rights to increase the subsidy of the judicial system in case it fails to collect revenues has also been declared anti-constitutional. The third annulled text involves the cabinet's right to make additional subsidies to the State and Public Insurance Budget, which could lead to a larger budget deficit.

The Constitutional Court, however, kept the fourth text challenged by the Opposition – allowing the National Health Insurance Fund to use its fiscal reserve in case they fail to collect the needed revenues.

The heated disputes over the 2010 State Budget Act in October 2009 prompted the Parliamentary Group of the Socialists to leave the sessions in protest against the majority vote.

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Tags: Lyuben Kornezov, BSP, Bulgarian Socialist Party, DPS, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, state budget, 2010 budget


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