Bulgaria: Health law bill discussed in Plenary, after approval by Legal Committee

Bulgaria: Health law bill discussed in Plenary, after approval by Legal Committee

Bulgaria’s National Assembly is debating a bill to amend the health law, which was approved by the Legal Affairs Committee yesterday.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), as stated by MP Javor Bozhankov, will not support the changes in the law.

“Our support for measures against the spread of coronavirus is unreserved at the moment, but on the other hand we refrain from offering our support in the first reading, because there are things that simply cannot be overcome and are in three main directions”. First of all, as he noted, the establishment of the so-called state of emergency in health has no constitutional basis. “In our view, this could lead to unforeseen legal consequences”, Bozhankov said.

For the Volia movement, Plamen Hristov said the bill would be supported during the first reading and would make corrective proposals during the second reading.

“The United Patriots Team will support this bill in its first reading”, Kalin Popovski said.

The bill will also be supported by the MRF, according to party MP Dzhevdet Chakarov.

The bill has already been approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs and the Cabinet and proposes measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as limiting the financial consequences, which will be implemented after the state of emergency that expires on May 13.

The bill aims to create a legal framework to ensure the delay in the spread of the infection, as well as the smooth running of the health system./ibna