Bulgaria Parliament Fills 3 Vacancies at Illegal Assets Commission

Domestic | February 22, 2013, Friday // 11:48|  views

Parliament building in Sofia, photo by dariknews.bg

Bulgaria's Parliament has filled the three vacancies at the Commission for Establishing Property Acquired from Criminal Activity (CEPACA).

The three candidates from the parliamentary quota, Antoaneta Tsonkova, nominated by center-right party GERB, Ivo Ivanov, nominated by the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), and Stoyanka Nikolakova, nominated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, were elected Friday, according to reports by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA).

Ivo Ivanov was appointed Deputy Chair of the Commission.

Tsonkova and Nikolakova have already been members of the CEPACA and Ivanov is auditor at the National Audit Office dnevnik.bg informs.

The Commission is chaired by Plamen Georgiev, former prosecutor and Deputy Minister of Justice.

Under the new illegal assets confiscation law, which was adopted in May 2012, the CEPACA consists of five members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair.

The Chair of the Commission is appointed by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Chair and two members of the Commission are appointed by Parliament, and one member of the CEPACA is appointed by the President.

The procedure for filling the vacancies at the CEPACA was fast-tracked on Thursday after Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of the center-right GERB government.

The vote on the three vacancies at the Commission had initially been scheduled to take place in March.

A hearing in Parliament on Thursday of Tsonkova and Nikolakova made clear that the Commission had been snowed under with work, with over delayed 8300 inspections to be completed under the legal regime in place before May 2012.

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Tags: Bulgarian Parliament, Commission for Establishing of Property Acquired from Criminal Activity, illegal assets, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, DPS, GERB, GERB government


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