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The Council of Ministers has submitted 17 draft laws to the National Assembly, 12 of them adopted by final decision
03 August 2017
From its start of term until the end of the first session of the National Assembly, the government has submitted for consideration by the Parliament 17 draft laws. Of those 12 have been adopted by final decision, which adds up to more than a half of all legal acts adopted by the 44th National Assembly (19 in total).
Among the draft laws of the Council of Ministers approved by the deputies are the Law Amending the Law on the Budget of State Public Insurance for 2017, by which the minimum pension for years of employment and age is increased to 180 BGN from 1 July and to 200 BGN from 1 October; the ratification of the Framework Agreement for a Loan between the Development Bank of the Council of Europe and Bulgaria, which will support the absorption of finances from the European structural and investment funds during the current programming period; the Law Amending the Law on Defence and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria, which introduces equal rights of men and women in the army concerning the use of maternity leave; the Law Amending and Completing the Tax-Insurance Code of Procedure, which introduces new measures in the fight against tax evasion, etc.
The remaining five draft laws are at different stages of consideration by the National Assembly. Those include the drafts for a law on state social benefits, the law ratifying the Memorandum for the Implementation of the Program for Trans-border Cooperation between Bulgaria and Serbia, the law amending and completing the Law on Local Taxes, the law amending and completing the Code on Social Insurance and the draft law for the ratification of the Agreement for Social Security between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Kingdom of Monaco.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, and presidents of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court presented their positions on the judicial reform to ambassadors of EU member-states and the United States.
After his visit to Vietnam, on the way to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski paid a short visit to the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, the Prime Minister met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov. Mr. Oresharski and Mr. Azimov discussed bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Uzbekistan , with a an emphasis on economic issues. The two discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Committee of the intergovernmental Commission and political consultations in June this year. Discussed was also the possibility the Bulgarian Prime Minister to visit Uzbekistan before the end of the year.
The repair of the road between Drenovets and Ruzhintsi will begin within a month. The Government has provided BGN 2.7 million to repair the railway overpass on Blvd Pannonia, the Minister of Regional Development says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev announced that he had sent a letter to European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in which he responds to her criticism regarding the refugee situation in Bulgaria
Dialogue is the only form of communication and the only way that leads to mutually acceptable solutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova following the meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Bulgaria supported Ukraine’s EU association but South Stream gas pipeline was important for us so that we did not depend on relations between third parties for the transit of gas
We will work to complete the 31 km highway section connecting the border and Sofia so that we could have a first class road between the two capitals, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Information
We have made our aware that Bulgaria needs to receive assistance immediately. Many lies were told about the Ministry of Interior Bill. Sofia Directorate of Interior was a subcontractor for a security company, which is not right, the Minister of Interior said.
It is logical that EC begins direct dialogue with the Russian side to clarify South Stream issues. Bulgarian immigration could not be of any concern for Great Britain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
It is possible to lose money due to financial corrections. It is important to identify those responsible for the errors in order to correct errors as soon as possible and protect national interests, said Minister of Environment and Water
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