Institute of Modern Politics on the state of the parliamentary government9 July 2011 | 16:05 | Institute of Modern Politics
The position, which has been distributed, draws a general conclusion on the ascertainment and the evaluations of the Institute of Modern Politics for the last two years. The conclusions outline several negative tendencies with regard to the principles of good government and civil rights.
Yet in the first year of the term in office the Institute of Modern Politics outlined as concerning weaknesses the serious lack of competence, chaotic state, lack of consistent government strategy and blocked reforms in key sectors.
According to the Institute of Modern Politics there are three characteristic features, which determine the pattern of the government of the CEDB.
The first one is the so-called clientelism and strong interference of private and corporate interests in the legislative initiatives of the majority and the government of the CEDB. The number of the ‘gray’ legislative initiatives observed by the Institute of Modern Politics, which violate the civil rights or the principles of the good government, has reached 87 in two years. The Institute of Modern Politics alarms that over the last few weeks the government has taken upon two scandalous draft bills, which are an example of ‘black’, i.e. corrupted legislations – the amendments to the Concessions Act, which legalises the plundering of territories of the Pirin National Park by a private company; and the amendments to the Bulgarian Red Cross Act, worked out by the Ministry of Finance, which in violation to the Constitution affect the independence of the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), take away its property and plots some secret privatisation.
Another example of ‘black’ legislation, adopted by the government and the majority of the CEDB, which the Institute of Modern Politics reminds of, concerns the amendments to the Social Insurance Code, rejected by the Constitutional Court, which amendments nationalised the money of the accounts of the insured persons in private pension funds.
The position of the Institute of Modern Politics says further, as follows: “To all this we should add the hushed up scandals involving the Prime Minister, the interior minister, the minister of finance, the director of the customs, connected to protection by the power on illegal business activities (the so-called Misho the Beer case); the open favouring of the Lukoil monopolist in connection to the mass protests against the high fuel prices; the unexplained fast increase of the wealth of Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and of the chairperson of Sofia Municipal Council Andrey Ivanov; the boom of the ‘consultative services’ given by key MPs of the CEDB and others.”
The analysis also recalls lobbyist scandals, the forgeries of the State Gazette. suspicions on draining of budget money of Sofia Municipality and violation of the ethnic standards with the so-called Vertu Affair, which MPs with the majority have been involved in.
Secondly, the Institute of Modern Politics criticises the parliamentary majority for the lack of will and capacity to exert control on the government. Examples of this are the several scandals in the executive power, which were left without any adequate parliamentary reactions.
According to the Institute of Modern Politics these are the inexplicable fast increase of the wealth of Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov; the subsidising with state money of suspicious movie production and luxurious trips at private expense of Minister Vezhdi Rashidov; scandalous party appointment of the former head of the State Fund Agriculture without the needed qualification and administrative experience, and etc.
The evaluation also criticises the donations to the Interior Ministry made by private companies. According to the Institute of Modern Politics, the Interior Ministry exerts unacceptable and corrupted pressure on certain companies to make donations in kind. In most cases the donations are fuel and materials, which are not accounted, which leads to opportunities of misuse and violation.
Thirdly, the Institute of Modern Politics ascertains some erosion of the parliamentarism and the state system through systematic neglecting of the constitutional status of the National Assembly and the political pressure on the judicial system and independent supervisory and regulatory authorities.
The Institute of Modern Politics criticises the lack of practical results and legal amendments after the scandal with the tapping and misuse of special investigation means and data of the Interior Ministry and the security services.
The Institute of Modern Politics is an independent civil organisation, which since 2009 is making regular monitoring on the state of the parliamentary government and legislation with regard to the principles of the good government and the civil rights.
The evaluations of the Institute of Modern Politics are published in regular quarterly reports and in special positions on key legislative topics.
The Institute of Modern Politics is a party on many cases before the Constitutional Court.
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