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Bulgaria Socialists, Ethnic Turks Dispute 2010 State Budget in Court February 16, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, Turkey, Turkish minority of Bularia.
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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Socialists, Ethnic Turks Dispute 2010 State  Budget in Court
Socialist MP Lyuben Kornezov (front) announced the BSP and DPS are disputing four provisions of the 2010 State Budget Act.

Members of the Bulgarian Parliament from the opposition Socialist Party and the ethnic Turkish DPS have filed a suit with the Constitutional Court over the 2010 State Budget Act.

The Socialists and the members of the DPS (“Movement for Rights and Freedoms) are attacking as unconstitutional four items from the state budget law, announced Lyuben Kornezov from the BSP.

Koznezov said that the items in question allowed the Council of Ministers to make significant changes in the realization of the state budget in 2010.

The suit has been signed by 59 MPs from the Parliamentary Groups of the BSP and the DPS. It states that the 2010 State Budget Act provides for “unacceptable transfer of powers from the Parliament to the Council of Ministers.”

The disputes over the 2010 state budget act were already rather heated in October 2009 when the Parliamentary Group of the Socialists left the sessions in protest after the majority led by the ruling GERB party voted in favor of provisions allowing the Council of Ministers to reduce the non-interest expenditures in the event of worsening of the economic and financial indicators of the country.

Back then the Socialists stated that these provisions made the existence of the Parliament pointless, and that they were going to attack them before the Constitutional Court.

Bulgaria’s former Finance Minister and current MP from the BSP, Plamen Oresharski, explained that if the Constitutional Court declared the disputed texts unconstitutional, this would not affect the execution of the state budget.

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