Ruling Party Proposes Parliamentary Committee Supervision for Energy Regulator

Ruling Party Proposes Parliamentary Committee Supervision for Energy Regulator

MPs from ruling centre-right part GERB proposed setting up a standing parliamentary committee to supervise the work of the energy regulator, economy minister Delyan Dobrev said.

Dobrev said the committee could include representatives of all parliamentary represented parties on a parity basis, state-run Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on Wednesday.

The proposal comes a day after opposition parties and trade unions called for the resignation of all members of the regulator and the launch of investigative proceedings against them on suspicions of corruption, following the unexpected hike of 13% of electricity prices effective as of July 1.

"The energy regulator is an independent body and I have never allowed myself to influence its decisions," Dobrev said, as quoted by local daily Dnevnik.

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