Bulgarian Parliament Votes on Anti-Discrimination Law Amendments

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 25, 2015, Wednesday // 12:01
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Parliament Votes on Anti-Discrimination Law Amendments Deputy PM Ivaylo Kalfin Photo: BGNES

Sex change will now be protected from discrimination after a law amendment passed in Bulgarian Parliament on Wednesday.

Debates regarding the amendments of the Discrimination Protection Law had been suspended and MPs could not vote on the change.

Deputy PM and Social Minister Ivaylo Kalfin convinced his colleagues in Parliament to vote in favor. He explained that since the year 2012 correspondence with the European Commission has been emphasizing the need for anti-discrimination laws.

''The Commission has posed the question once more on August 22, and then in February 2015 announced that it is finally expecting for us to amend the law until the end of March,'' stated Kalfin in Parliament. ''Otherwise, there will be a EU procedure launched for unwillingness on our part to comply with the EU legislation.''

He noted that the amendment will merely attempt to clarify the procedure already passed, and not for implementation of any new legislation. 

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