Protesters demanded Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov to veto the government’s healthcare act.
The bill passed in parliament earlier this month foresees that only professional opticians would be able to perform examinations in the field of optics. Optics shops would thus have to hire opticians to be able to sell glasses – something only big chains would be able to do and destroy small businesses. Interest groups claim that the promulgation of the law will not only result in unemployment of about 3-4,000 optometrics but also complicate the work of opticians due to higher workload.
If president Parvanov decides not to veto the bill, interest groups have announced to appeal to the constitutional court as the law would violate the right to choose one’s occupation.