The Bulgarian Prosecution Is Going Appeals to the Constitutional Court Because of a New Law

Sotir Tsatsarov, the chief prosecutor of Bulgaria, is appealing to the Constitutional Court because of the newly passed Law for Private Security. Tsatsarov is not sure whether or not it is lawful to let private security companies guard urbanized areas. 

The Law was proposed by GERB MPs and was passed quickly after two parliamentary readings despite warnings by the Security branch about the Law's text contradicting the Bulgarian Constitution and European Law. The document foresees that private security firms will be allowed to operate in urbanized areas - defined as settlement territories that come within the boundaries of a settlement and are formally defined by a development plan. Tsatsarov claims that this is against the Constitution's Article 105.2 which defines public security as a duty of the Council of Ministers ergo a duty of the Ministry of Interior. The problem is that public spaces and urbanized areas are essentially the same thing. 

Another concern is that the mayor of a town/village will be able to independently sign contracts with private security firms which will ultimately make the citizens dependent on the municipality's decision and will also "disarm" the staff members of the Ministry of Interior. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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