The Bulgarian parliament has overruled the presidential veto of the National Audit Bill today.
The override majority of 121 votes was easily surpassed when 139 MPs from the right-wing ‘Blue Coalition’ and the ‘Ataka’ party voted in favour of the override. Only 34 MPs – from the president’s Socialist Party and the ‘Movement for Rights and Freedom’ – voted against it. President Parvanov had vetoed the bill last week because it stipulated that the new National Audit Office would be led not by a panel of experts but only one person.
Opposition MPs are now preparing a petition to send the bill to the Constitutional Court. They argue that the bill threatened the independence of the Audit Office and that the government would be able to exert too much influence over its work.