Bulgaria to abolish compulsory military service as of 2008

30/06/2006

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Parliament adopted in the second reading Thursday (29 June) amendments to the Law on Defence and Armed Forces, abolishing compulsory military service as of 1 January 2008. Bulgaria will then have a fully professional army, in keeping with NATO membership requirements. Deputy Defence Minister Sonja Yankulova says the cost will be at least 15m euros. (Standart, Dnevnik - 30/06/06; Mediapool - 29/06/06)

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