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Parliament rejects presidential veto and definitively approves anti-corruption law

Parliament rejects presidential veto and definitively approves anti-corruption law

12 January 2018 | 13:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. With a majority of 146 to 76 votes and no abstention, the Parliament overrode President Rumen Radev’s veto on the anti-corruption law, FOCUS News Agency reported. According to the constitution, the president has 7 days to promulgate the law in the state gazette.
President Radev vetoed the law on December 29, saying it was not an adequate legal basis to fight corruption and would even create difficulties. According to him, corruption counteraction is being limited only to the measures in this law and the anti-corruption body created with it, while a number of relevant bodies and units remain outside its scope. Among other observations, he disputes the compatibility of seizure of illegally acquired property with other functions of the new body.
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President Rumen Radev: Veto override in legal affairs committee shows there is no will for fight against corruption

President Rumen Radev: Veto override in legal affairs committee shows there is no will for fight against corruption

10 January 2018 | 17:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The rejection of the veto on the anti-corruption law by the Parliament’s legal affairs committee shows that there is no will for a fight against corruption, President Rumen Radev told reporters. “This is not surprising to me. All debates on the anti-corruption law and especially the developments today show that there is no political will for a real and comprehensive fight against corruption. Obviously, this fight will continue to be led by citizens and the media,” he said, quoted by FOCUS News Agency.
Asked if he will ask the Constitutional Court to consider the anti-corruption law, Radev stressed that the new law will not bring about the real changes which people expect.
He also said that Bulgaria needs a detailed discussion about the Istanbul Convention. “We must know what we are signing and ratifying, instead of understanding post factum what we have accepted,” he added.
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Legal affairs committee rejects presidential veto on anti-corruption law

Legal affairs committee rejects presidential veto on anti-corruption law

10 January 2018 | 17:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament’s legal affairs committee overrode President Rumen Radev’s veto on the anti-corruption law, FOCUS News Agency reports. Ten committee members voted against the veto, while 7 supported it.
During the discussion, Deputy Minister of Justice Evgeni Stoyanov said that the opinions of the professional community and the civil society had been considered in the preparation of the law. “Corruption is a broader concept than crime. In our opinion, it is not an administrative violation, such as the conflict of interest. It is not a separate crime either, as crimes are only established by the Criminal Code. For us, it is a social phenomenon,” he said.
In response, MP Krum Zarkov from BSP called on the officials to name a case that can be identified as corruption by citizens but is not defined as crime in the Criminal Code. He said that 99% of the provisions already exist and the units that are being merged are not new either.
According to President Radev, the anti-corruption law is not an adequate legal basis for tackling corruption and will even be an obstacle in the fight against corruption.
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