site.btaUPDATED Amending, Supplementing or Repealing Law before Its Gazetting Is Inadmissible, Constitutional Court Rules
Bulgaria's Constitutional Court on Wednesday voted unanimously, 10-0, to rule that it is inadmissible for a law adopted by the National Assembly to be amended, supplemented or repealed before it has been promulgated in the State Gazette or after it has been returned by the President to Parliament for reconsideration.
The Court thus answered a question referred to it on February 1, 2021 by the President, requesting an interpretative ruling of three texts of the Constitution. Radev noted that the legislature applies these provisions inconsistently. On some occasions it revotes a law that has been vetoed by the head of State and awaits its promulgation before amending it. On other occasions, Parliament amends the law within the framework of the procedure envisaged for the debate of a vetoed law. The President then argued that it was admissible to amend, supplement or repeal the provisions of a non-promulgated law unless it has been vetoed because the principle of the rule of law would otherwise be compromised.