Politics | July 7, 2001, Saturday // 00:00

Bulgaria`s 39th National Assembly will have 20 standing committees, according to changes in the parliamentary rules of procedure, which passed on Friday. The last parliament had 15 such committees. The new committees are on Home Security and Public Order, Transport and Telecommunications, and Civil Society Affairs. Two of the old committees will be divided. A working group of 20 MPs, headed by Professor Georgi Petkanov (Simeon II National Movement), will draft the new regulations of the National Assembly (NA). Ten of the members will be from the ruling majority; the UtdDF (United Democratic Forces) and the BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party) will have 4 representatives each, and MRF (Movement for Rights and Freedoms)-2. An MP can be a member of no more than two standing committees. The group will accept proposals till July 11. The regulations are to be ready in two weeks. The Foreign Affairs committee will become Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security, while the Legal one will become European Integration Committee. The Farm Committee will be called Agriculture and Forestry Committee and the Civil Society one-Committee on Civil Society Affairs.

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