29 February 2012
Act for Amendment and Supplement to the Administration Act (AASAA)
The AASAA was promulgated in the State Gazette, issue 15 of February 21, 2012.
The main amendments, introduced in the Administration Act (AA), regard for the most part the activities of the councils, established by the Council of Ministers. Art. 21 provides a legal definition of the term ‘council’ and regulates the management and structure of the councils.
A new Art. 22 is created, regulating the performance of the councils’ activities, in accordance with an annual work programme they adopt. The councils’ competence includes the creation of expert groups on the preparation of strategic documents, legislative acts, expert motions, etc. The councils are obliged to present to the Council of Ministers annual reports on their activities.
The new Art. 22a regulates the creation, reformation and discontinuance of councils, as well as the organization of their activities. The councils are assisted in their activity by secretariats, managed by a council’s secretary.
According to Art. 42, Para 4 the Prime Minister carries out the general management of the administration of the Council of Ministers.
There is a new Para 3 to Art. 45, which refers to the creation of work groups for drafting of bills or other acts to be introduced by the ministers in charge.
Art. 53 is repealed.
According to the transitional and final provisions to the AASAA, the number of employees in the administration of the executive power could be increased by the Council of Ministers only. This provision does not concern municipal administrations.
In a six-month term from the entering in force of the AASAA, the Council of Ministers must adopt rules on the organization of the activity of councils. The already existing councils must be discontinued or their activities must be set in accordance with the requirements of the AASAA.
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