Bulgaria: Parliament to discuss President’s veto on state of emergency law provisions

Bulgaria: Parliament to discuss President’s veto on state of emergency law provisions

Parliament Speaker Tsveta Karayancheva will convene an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on Monday to discuss the provisions of the law on measures and actions during a state of emergency that were vetoed by the President.

The veto will also be voted on at an extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs earlier today.

On Sunday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev vetoed certain provisions of the law on measures and actions during a state of emergency approved by the National Assembly.

According to Radev, the wording “false information about the transmission of a contagious disease” directly affects the freedom of expression and the dissemination of information, which requires some clarification in terms of international standards on human rights in an emergency.

The President of Bulgaria also returns the law to the National Assembly on the section on speculation in prices. In his allegations Radev stated that “there is also no legal basis for discriminating against unjustifiably high prices at a time when no emergency is declared and when it is declared. There is also no distinction between goods and services whose prices should not be excessively high. Such an approach creates legal uncertainty for the competent authorities, allows for subjective judgment by the auditors and creates conditions for administrative arbitrariness”.

The President also expresses his concern about the impediments to the free movement of goods and services within the European Union and also of the fact that fears of exaggeration and breach of the principle of proportional representation are not overcome./ibna