Good evening on the last day of the week and first day of the new, 47th parliament. Hopefully, it will last longer than the previous two. Judging by the tone of the first day we might be heading for a ruling coalition, after all. Also, Magnitsky-sanctioned Delyan Peevski shows up for his first day as an MP, after his return to politics.
New parliament, new speakerAfter a few days of arguments about how to elect the new speaker, the 4 parties negotiating for a cabinet demonstrated unanimity and voted in Nikola Minchev - a 34-year old lawyer. He was proposed by the leading force - We Continue the Change (WCC) - and was supported by 158 votes, with only 1 vote against and 72 abstentions.
Judging by this, it is highly likely the parties will be able to form a cabinet by next week, when the president will hand the mandate to WCC.
Urgent measures for restricting the Prosecutor-General sought by the Council of Europe
The ministerial committee of the Council thinks that Bulgaria is flouting the ruling of the European court by not implementing additional controls over the work of the chair of the Prosecution service. Without such measures to limit his ability to influence the Supreme Judicial Council, there is no option for putting in place a procedure to investigate the PG. The committee calls for protection over those set to investigate the PG, by constitutional changes, if needed.
No new debt until 2022
That's the promise of the caretaker government after the former governing party GERB party demanded a moratorium on any new debt. The finance ministry showed a breakdown of bond-emissions in 2021, which are 11 and the total debt is 3.8 billion levs (1.9 billion euro). This is 84% of the allowed annual cap.