site.btaConstitutional Court Rejects Vazrazhdane, Socialists' Challenge to Negotiating NPP Construction with US
The Constitutional Court rejected the request of MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and Vazrazhdane to establish the unconstitutionality of the decision of the 48th National Assembly to instruct the Council of Ministers to conduct negotiations with the US government on the conclusion of an intergovernmental agreement for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Kozloduy with AP1000 reactors, which the National Assembly adopted on January 12.
The rapporteur for the case was Constitutional Court President Pavlina Panova. Ten Constitutional Court judges were present at the session and the ruling was adopted by eight votes. Judges Atanas Semov and Yanaki Stoilov signed the ruling with a dissenting opinion.
On 12 January, the draft decision was supported by GERB-UDF, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Democratic Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rise and one independent MP. Against were the deputies from Vazrazhdane and BSP for Bulgaria. MPs from Continue the Change abstained.
BSP for Bulgaria and Vazrazhdane argued that the parliament's decision contradicted three articles of the Constitution, which stipulate: the principle of the rule of law, the principle of the supremacy of the Constitution and the principle of the separation of state powers into legislative, executive and judicial. Another argument of the MPs was that the US government was named as a specific negotiating party, which is discriminatory and "appears to be a gross offence and violation of the principles of public procurement procedures".