Bulgarian Parliament Rejects High-Level Countercorruption Bill on First Reading

Sofia, September 3 (BTA) – Bulgaria’s Parliament Thursday rejected on first reading a Government-sponsored Bill on the Prevention of Corruption of Senior Public Officials. The vote was 101 in favour (GERB and the Reformist Bloc), 38 against (BSP-Left Bulgaria), and 72 abstentions (Patriotic Front, ABV, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, and Ataka). Five MPs of the Bulgarian Democratic Centre abstained, and two voted against. Addressing the legislature, Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva said she had tabled the bill on behalf of the Council of Ministers and, in her opinion, it is a good bill. “If you want to make it perfect, I wish you success, I will work together with you,” she told the MPs before the draft legislation was put to the vote. “Today the Bulgarian Parliament did not demonstrate a will to combat corruption,” Kuneva commented after the bill was rejected. She reiterated that she sets absolute priority on countercorruption. More…