GERB to Start Consultations with Society on Constitutional Changes

Politics » DOMESTIC | November 8, 2014, Saturday // 13:19
Bulgaria: GERB to Start Consultations with Society on Constitutional Changes Parliament Spekaer Tsacheva (R) believes lawmakers will be busy with other urgent matters in the first few months. Photo by BGNES

Conservative GERB, the main party in the Bulgaria's government, is due to being consultations involving non-governmental organizations and civil society representatives about amendments to the constitution, Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva said.

She added the bill proposing to overhaul the 2014 budget, earlier submitted by former interim PM Georgi Bliznashki, would be one of the lawmakers' top priorities, with legislators set to address the proposal after the first session of the new Council of Ministers.

Tsacheva told Darik Radio on Saturday MPs in the recently convened National Assembly would hardly have time to address the issue of constitutional changes, since they would have to deal with most urgent problems such as the situation in Bulgaria's budget and in the energy sector.

A number of experts and politicians have voiced their calls for constitutional changes envisaging the restructuring of judiciary and other branches of power.

Tsacheva also reiterated GERB's commitment to merging the National Revenue Agency and Customs Agency, a move which conservatives have considered to be among their most important steps.

GERB's earlier announcement that it was planning the merger, which was however first put forth by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) in June, angered trade unions which believe the step is meant to hide murky deals and not to improve coordination, as the previous elected government argued.

Political leaders within the government are also of the opinion that not only central bank (BNB) Governor Ivan Iskrov, but also the entire management staff of the regulator should be replaced due to its inaction with regard to Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank or KTB).

Lawmakers appointed Tsacheva last Monday andshe is now holding the post for the second time in her career. Her party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) formed a cabinet with right-wing Reformist Bloc and Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV), also receiving support from the Patriotic Front (PF) on Thursday. GERB leader Boyko Borisov was later approved by Parliament as Bulgaria's new Prime Minister.

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Tags: Ivan Iskrov, BNB, DPS, KTB, Corpbank, Corporate Commercial Bank, constitution, Tsetska Tsacheva, GERB, Boyko Borisov
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