Bulgarian MP Proposes Cut in Party Subsidies

Politics » DOMESTIC | December 8, 2016, Thursday // 10:43
Bulgaria: Bulgarian MP Proposes Cut in Party Subsidies File photo, BGNES

Lawmakers are set to debate and vote a proposal by independent MP Velizar Enchev to change the amount of state subsidies allocated to Bulgarian parties per vote counted.

The move will come despite a Parliament decision not to change the actual amount, which is BGN 11 (EUR 5.5) per vote counted for every entity whose result is above 1% of the threshold.

In November, Bulgarians voted in a non-binding referendum to reduce subsidies to BGN 1 and ever since, pressure has been mounting on MPs to heed the public's call.

MPs agreed to include the item into the agenda by an overwhelming majority of 117 votes "yes" and 8 "no", with seventeen abstentions. The "yes" majority makes up almost half of all lawmakers in the 240-set Parliament.

Enchev has also been known for some eccentric proposals, namely the idea to allow the use of cannabis for medicla purposes.

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