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President Radev: Parliament Gets Increasingly Mired in Scandals and Election Rhetoric, Puts Off Important Work

“It is obvious that Parliament is increasingly mired in scandals and election rhetoric, while there is important work to do,” President Rumen Radev told journalists after a traditional water blessing ceremony of military colours on Epiphany in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Sofia.
Parliament said that bills under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan are a priority but they are not proceeding at the right pace and some have not even launched, according to the President. “There is talk that Schengen is a priority but the counter-corruption bill and the bill on the accountability of the Prosecutor General are also stalling. If they are not voted through by this legislature, we won’t be able to take full advantage of diplomatic efforts and what is achieved at the highest political level,” said Radev.
The head of State said that for the first time in 11 years Bulgaria has received a clear support and a deadline for acceding Schengen, October 2023, but in order to take adantage of that the two bills should be adopted.
The President rcviwed the troops and laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. The water blessing of the military colours was attended by National Assembly Chair Vezhdi Rashidov, Caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev, Defence Minister Dimiter Stoyanov , Defence Chief Admiral Emil Eftimov, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova MPs, senior officers  and members of the public.