Bulgaria’s Ruling Majority to Present Draft Constitutional Amendments by May 14

Domestic | May 8, 2015, Friday // 15:38|  views

Bulgaria's Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva

By May 14, GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), the Reformist Bloc, the Patriotic Front and the Alternative for Bulgarian Revival should present the draft amendments to the Constitutions to all parliamentary groups, according to Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva.

The deadline was set at a Friday meeting chaired by Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva and attended by MPs from all parliamentary groups, Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva and Deputy Prime Minister Rumyana Bachvarova.

Tsacheva, as cited by the BGNES news agency, made clear that a parliamentary committee was to be established by end-May to work on the proposed changes to the Constitution.

She underscored that the aim was to secure broad support for the step among MPs.

Ivanov said before Friday’s meeting that he would prepare a final version of amendments to the Judiciary Act on the basis of the proposals for Constitutional amendments tabled by the MPs.

On April 16, Borisov, Ivanov, and Bachvarova presented a set of amendments to the Constitution aimed at initiating judicial reform.

The constitutional amendments envisage, among other things, the establishment of two units within the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) and a reduction of its term in office.

In order for the constitutional amendments to be approved, they need to be backed by ? of all MPs in three votes held on 3 different days, according to dnevnik.bg.

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Tags: constitutional amendments, constitution, Tsetska Tsacheva, parliament Speaker, GERB, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, Reformist Bloc, Patriotic Front, Alternative for Bulgarian Revival, Hristo Ivanov, Justice Minister, Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, judicial reform, Judiciary Act


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