Bulgarian MPs to Vote on Budget 2014 after Long, Fruitless Debates
Bulgaria's 2014 state budget is expected to be put to the vote on Wednesday, a day after MPs decided to call it off following long debates.
The plenary debates on the second reading of the budget continued for some five hours, with little substantial progress.
The informal ruling coalition between the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms managed to overrule various amendment proposals on the part of opposition GERB and Ataka parties, relating to sectoral policies.
Among the most heated exchanges were those relating to the budget for the state Bulgarian National TV and Bulgarian National Radio.
GERB requested higher spending for the two institutions, while nationalists Ataka extravagantly proposed a cancellation of their state funding, due to an allegedly distorted coverage of ongoing anti-cabinet protests, which Ataka MPs said were tuned to benefit GERB.
MPs also debated, but could not reach a decision on the way a new 20% fee on renewable energy will be entered in the state's accounting books.
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