Seventy-four members of Parliament, mostly from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party and Ahmed Dogan’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms, have tabled a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB Cabinet over what the opposition parties describe as the Government’s failure in the area of justice and home affairs.
The motion was tabled a day after the European Commission’s five-year report on Bulgaria’s standing in meeting EU standards in judicial reform and in fighting organised crime and corruption.
Harsh criticisms in the report, the continuation of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism and the resulting Bulgaria’s lack of immediate prospects of entering the Schengen zone meant that the best option would be ahead-of-term parliamentary elections and the formation of a new government, according to the motion of no confidence, which was also signed by some independent MPs.
Borissov’s Government came to power in July 2009 on promises of overcoming the economic crisis and acting firmly against organised crime and corruption. There have been three motions of no confidence tabled against it since then, and with the opposition who back the current motion unlikely to be able to muster the 121 votes to needed for it be approved, the motion appears set for certain defeat.