The Bulgarian parliament rejected a proposal to hold a referendum to delay the transition of the country’s monetary system to the euro until at least 2043.
Parliament discussed a referendum proposal from the Russian-led Vizraghdan party to delay the country’s transition to the euro.
In the vote, with the participation of 212 deputies, 68 deputies voted “yes” and 98 deputies voted “no”.
The motion was rejected in a vote, and 46 MPs abstained.
The Vizrajdan party announced that it would take the Parliament’s rejection decision to the Constitutional Court.
The Vizrajdan party, which has a group of 37 in parliament, has launched a petition campaign for a referendum for the country’s transition to the euro.
As part of the campaign, the party said, “Do you agree that the Bulgarian lev is the only official currency of the country until 2043?” He asked the question and collected nearly 470,000 signatures.
At least 400,000 signatures are required for the country’s parliament to put the referendum demand on the agenda.
Bulgaria, a member of the European Union, is expected to adopt the euro in 2024.
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