Politics


    • After the local election: Voting to be done via machines, ballots to be scrapped

      After the local election: Voting to be done via machines, ballots to be scrapped

      Following the local election set for the autumn of 2019, voting to be done exclusively via machines in all polling stations, excluding those listing under 300 voters, stations abroad and specialised ones (set up on ships and in hospitals and prisons as well as the portable ones). That is what the lawmakers of the Committee on Legal Affairs decided to ultimately propose during an emergency session.

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    • Parliament assigns talks with US on acquisition of new fighter aircraft

      Parliament assigns talks with US on acquisition of new fighter aircraft

      In a 130-84 vote with no abstentions, Parliament Wednesday assigned the government to draw up a draft international agreement and hold negotiations with the United States on Bulgaria's acquisition of a new type of fighter aircraft, F-16V, Block 70. The negotiations mandate was supported by the MPs of GERB, 23 MPs of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), 11 MPs of the United Patriots, and two independent MPs.

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    • Sofia to head BSEC under 'Sea of opportunities' slogan

      Sofia to head BSEC under 'Sea of opportunities' slogan

      Bulgaria is taking over the leadership of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) under the slogan “Sea of opportunities”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The country is assuming the rotating chairmanship of the organisation for the first six months of 2019. The Bulgarian chairmanship-in-office vows to work for the development of BSEC as a project-oriented organisation. Cooperation in the fields of culture, transport and environmental protection will be a priority.

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    • Borissov: We proved capable of leading the region

      Borissov: We proved capable of leading the region

      Bulgaria has proven that it can be a leader in the region, concluded Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in a New Year's Eve address to the Bulgarian public, welcoming 2019. The premier wished a happy new year to all Bulgarians with a Facebook post uploaded at exactly 0.00am that read: “A difficult year filled with challenges is now behind us.

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    • Anti-corruption law with no retroactive effect

      Anti-corruption law with no retroactive effect

      The Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture Act will not have a retroactive effect, the National Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs decided with overwhelming majority during the second-reading vote of the proposed amendments. This change to the regulatory act came following a Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) interpretive ruling engineered by the court’s chairperson Lozan Panov, who was aided by some of his colleagues. The ruling essentially blocked the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (ACCIAF) and threatened to create grounds for the termination of numerous illegal assets forfeiture cases.

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    • Supreme court justice gives political speeches abroad

      Supreme court justice gives political speeches abroad

      The Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) Lozan Panov has been giving political speeches, in breach of the constitutional provision prohibiting such statements from members of the justice system, not only in Bulgaria but abroad too. This was revealed during a session of the judges’ college of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). At this meeting, the members of the college attempted, for a second time, to ascertain in conversation with Panov the reason why he is violating the country’s main set of laws and tarnishing the justice system’s image. Alas, just as the week before, he ran away from the questions again.

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