Continue the Change – Democratic Bulgaria (CC-DB), together with the “Justice for Everyone” initiative, presented to the media their draft amendments to the Constitution on Sunday.
Dividing the judicial council into two, reformatting the institution of the caretaker government, limiting the power of the prosecutor general, introducing individual constitutional complaints, limiting the mandates of mayors of municipalities and making May 24 a national holiday were some of the highlights of the draft amendments to the Constitution proposed on Sunday. “We’re proposing for May 24 to be named Day of Bulgarian Word, Education and Culture, and of the Cyrillic Alphabet,” said Prime Minister Acad. Nikolay Denkov.
This week, representatives of CC-DB and “Justice for Everyone” discussed the topic at a meeting in Parliament. In the words of Velislav Velichkov from the initiative, the proposals concern the functions of the prosecutor general. He told journalists that the prosecutor general would have no real power and that methodological instructions would probably be redirected to the Prosecutorial Council as a whole.
Justice Minister Atanas Slavov has already noted that one of CC-DB’s proposals for changes to the Constitution is that the justice minister should have a leading role in nominating the next prosecutor general, who will have more limited functions, with legality supervision and methodological guidance dropped. Slavov also took part in a meeting with the leaders of GERB-UDF, CC-DB and MRF on constitutional changes at the end of June. Back then, the MRF reminded that they had their own draft.
Days ago, GERB leader Boyko Borissov told journalists in Parliament that the constitutional reform might be a fact by the end of the year.
By law, the right of initiative to amend and supplement the Constitution belongs to a quarter of the MPs (60 deputies) and the President. The proposal shall be considered by the National Assembly not earlier than one month and not later than three months after its receipt.