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Council Has Officially Nominated Barroso for Second Mandate

The Council of the European Union has officially nominated Jose Manuel Barroso as the person the Council intends to appoint as President of the Commission for the period from 1 November 2009 to 31 October 2014.

This is an important step in the procedure, probably intended to curb objections of some MEPs to Mr. Barroso’s candidacy.

Happy Europe Day!

Today I am happy to congratulate all readers of the blog with the Europe Day.

I would also like to remind some important messages in the Schuman Declaration:

“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. (…)

The pooling of coal and steel production should immediately provide for the setting up of common foundations for economic development as a first step in the federation of Europe (…)

By pooling basic production and by instituting a new High Authority, whose decisions will bind France, Germany and other member countries, this proposal will lead to the realization of the first concrete foundation of a European federation indispensable to the preservation of peace.”

The Bulgarian Democratic Deficit – 2

The Bulgarian Parliament has declined a proposal for the creation of a temporary investigation committee for the cases of police violence in Bulgaria. The parliamentary groups of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) voted against the proposal.

According to the socialist MP Tatyana Doncheva “lawyers in the Parliament should consider the division of powers”.

Since I’m a legal professional, though outside of the National Assembly, I would like to remind Mrs. Doncheva that Bulgaria is a republic with a parliamentary form of government (art. 1, para. 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria). The Parliament has two main powers – the legislative authority and exercise of parliamentary control (art. 62, para. 1 of the Constitution). Due to this fact members of the National Assembly have the right to address questions and interpellations to the Council of Ministers and to individual ministers, who are obligated to respond (art. 90, para. 1 of the Constitution).

Considering the division of powers I reach the conclusion that for part of the MPs it is not necessary to establish a temporary investigation committee for the cases of police violence in Bulgaria. The reasons for that may be two – either there is no police violence, or all cases are clear.

There IS police violence in Bulgaria, Mrs. Doncheva, as I became witness to. Hence the conclusion that you know well all such cases, or, worse, don’t disapprove them.

Yes, there is a democratic deficit in Bulgaria (check the Google translation of my post in Bulgarian about the dispersed protests on 14 January 2009).

Hi!

This is the first post in the English version of the “European Union Law” blog that I have so far maintained in Bulgarian.

This is a place for news and commentary in the field of European Union law. The purpose of the blog is to provide up to date and focused information about the European Union, and the development of the Community legal order in particular.