ESD 15:30:31 13-09-2017 LG1529ES.115 115 POLITICS - PARLIAMENT - MONITOR Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday Sofia, September 13 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Wednesday, Bulgaria's Parliament defeated on first reading amendments to the Foods Act, moved by the Left, that would have required from retail outlets or chains with an annual turnover of over 2 million leva to comply with minimum proportions for Bulgarian products in their merchandise mix: 51 per cent for fresh fruits and vegetables, 70 per cent for milk and dairy products, 25 per cent for meat and meat preparations, 50 per cent for poultry meat and products, and 75 per cent for wines and spirits. The vote was 102 in favour (BSP for Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedom and Volya), 19 against and 90 abstentions. * * * At the start of business on Wednesday, National Assembly Chairman Dimiter Glavchev announced that, according to a decision of Parliament's Presiding Body, the legislature will not sit on September 15, which is the first school day, and will instead hold an extraordinary sitting on Tuesday, September 19, for Question Time and a debate on an interpellation of the Left to Agriculture Minister Roumen Porozhanov. * * * GERB Floor Leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov said in Parliament's lobby that after a decades-long debate on whether there should be a law on Bulgaria's great old capital cities, there is a political will to pass it now. Tsvetanov said that GERB are engaged in a dialogue with local government, civil society and experts so as to popularize Bulgaria and present its cultural heritage. He added that the motion will be coordinated with the rest of the parliamentary groups. National Assembly Culture and Media Committee Chairman Vezdhi Rashidov said that without a law, without finding a form of financing as a state policy, Bulgaria cannot possibly become one of Europe's five top cultural destinations. The mayors and municipal leaders of the old capitals said that such a law can solve a lot of their problems. VI/LG //

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