Bulgarian president vetoes National Audit Bill

The Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia - (c) Philipp Köker 2009

The Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia © Philipp Köker 2009

Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov has vetoed the National Audit Bill today. The bill – passed by parliament on Friday last week – stipulates that the National Audit office would be led by only one person, the General Auditor. While this is common practice in other member states of the European Union, president Parvanov declared that these functions were traditionally carried out by several persons in form of a committee. Mr Parvanov furthermore objects to the fact that the bill outlines reasons for dismissing a body of constitutional status which are not mentioned in the constitution itself.

Parliament can now either overrule the president’s request for reconsideration of the bill with an absolute majority of votes or introduce a new bill incorporating the proposed changes. It is president Parvanov’s seventh veto this year and the ninth in his second term.

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