Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria

Lack of Quorum Foils Bulgarian Parliament's Last Regular Session

Lawmakers failed to reach quorum on Friday, when they were to hold their last regular meeting before President Rosen Plevneliev dissolves Parliament on August 6.

Amendments to the Waste Management Act and the Protection of Competition Act were on the MPs' agenda after Plevneliev vetoed changes to the latter text.

President Calls Consultations on Budget Overhaul

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is due to meet leaders of parties in Parliament on Friday to discuss the update of the state budget for 2014.

Consultations at the Bulgarian Presidency follow opposition GERB's decision to backtrack on their previous support for amendments to the fiscal plan, despite having voted to approve the motion on Tuesday.

Parliament Fails to Reach Quorum, As GERB MPs Do Not Attend Session

Today's plenary session has been canceled due to a lack of quorum as Bulgaria's opposition party GERB refused to register in Parliament.

A total of 95 MPs from Bulgaria's Socialist Party (BSP) and from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) have attended Thursday's session. Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov has scheduled the next hearing for Friday.

Мaya Manolova: Borisov Got Scared

By leaving parliament GERB sabotaged the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) budget update deputy speaker of Parliament Maya Manolova told

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Mrs. Manolova, how would you comment the current situation in Parliament after today's decision of GERB not to participate in the remaining sessions?

Bulgaria's GERB Withdraws Support from State Budget Overhaul

Center-right opposition GERB has stepped back and has announced it is against the update of Bulgaria's state budget.

Leader Boyko Borisov has declared the party will not attend any more Parliament sessions until August 5, when the last meeting of lawmakers in the 42nd National Assembly is due to be held.

Bulgaria's President to Ask DPS to Form New Cabinet 'Wednesday'

President Plevneliev will ask the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), to form a new cabinet on July 30, local daily 24 Chasa reported, citing the President's press office.

DPS, the junior partner in the outgoing Socialist-Liberal coalition government, is the third largest political party represented in the 240-seat chamber.