EC Lacks Constitutional Law Experts - Commissioner

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 24, 2006, Friday // 00:00

The European Commission does not include experts in constitutional law, Enlargement Commissioner Oli Rehn has shared with Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev.

"We both agreed that Bulgaria has progressed quite a lot," Stanishev said.

During their talks the two discussed the tension that has built around the proposed enforcement of a safeguard clause for Bulgaria in the justice and home affairs field.

Stanishev suggested to Rehn that the EC should appoint a constitutional law expert, to clear out the misunderstanding. This is a tough area, Stanishev pointed out, and some of the experts who didn't have much practice in it were getting confused.

"Even when translated the texts sometimes sound differently," Stanishev said.

Brussels objects to the increased competence of the executive power against that of the judiciary, as envisaged by constitutional amendments adopted by parliament at second reading.

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