Leaders of ABV, GERB Agree on Including Part of Constitutional Changes in Declaration
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Part of the agreed draft changes in the Constitution will be included in a declaration or a decision of the National Assembly to be adopted on Thursday. Then the changes will be voted on first reading Friday. An agreement to this effect was reached by ABV leader Georgi Purvanov and Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borissov after a meeting between the two in Parliament that lasted for about an hour and a half on Monday.
The meeting was held in an effort to enlist broad support from the parliamentary political forces for the Cabinet-proposed constitutional amendments aimed at reforming the judiciary.
Borissov did not step back from the position that the draft should be put to the vote already this week rather than being withdrawn. "I think that we can reach consensus on the strengthening of the role of the Inspectorate of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), the split of SJC into two colleges - judicial and prosecutor and direct suffrage of judges and prosecutors," Borissov told journalists. If adopted, these proposals, described by the Prime Minister as "Plan B", will give a strong impetus to career development and selection through competition.
"I will be grateful, if on Friday all parliamentary forces or part of them find the necessary consensus on the three main points. This will be a good sign and a step in the right direction both in regards to the Bulgarian society and our partners from Brussels in relation to the reports," Borissov said.