Bulgarian Liberal Party Drafts Const Court Complaint over Land Sale Ban

Domestic | October 29, 2013, Tuesday // 16:15|  views

MRF leader Lyutvi Mestan in Parliament Tuesday. Photo by BGNES

Liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms has prepared a complaint with Bulgaria's Constitutional Court over a controversial ban on the sale of land to foreign nationals passed by Parliament last week.

According to the Movement, the act, which extends for 7 more years a transitional moratorium, is manifestly in breach of Bulgaria's Constitution and EU Accession Treaty.

Representatives of Bulgaria's cabinet have already said that given the supervenience of EU law and international agreements, the ban is legally void.

In order to file the complaint with the Constitutional Court, the 36 liberal MPs, who have all signed it, will have to gather at least 12 more MP signatures to reach the number of 48, or 1/5 of deputies in Bulgaria's Parliament.

MRF chair Lyutvi Mestan said Tuesday that his party expect support of MPs from informal coalition partner, the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Last week, some socialist MPs surprisingly voted in favor of the moratorium extension, ensuring its passing by the house, together with opposition GERB and Ataka MPs, who had vocally supported the ban.

Socialist MP and vice-chair Yanaki Stoilov said that MPs from his group will decide after studying MRF's motion.

Stoilov also added that his group is considering amendments to Bulgaria's Land Act to arrange issues raised by the moratorium.

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Tags: Movement for Rights and Freedoms, MRF, Ataka, Lyutvi Mestan, Yanaki Stoilov, GERB, ban, EU, Cabinet, Constitutional Court


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