Bulgaria's Ex EU Commissioner Warns of 'Spying' Sanctions

Bulgaria in EU | January 13, 2011, Thursday // 19:25|  views

Bulgaria's first EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, informs the EC can probe and sanction the illegal use of special surveillance devices. Photo by BGNES

The European Commission can sanction Bulgaria for cases of illegal spying of citizens, Bulgaria's former and first EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, informs.

After the Lisbon Treaty turned effective on December 1 2009, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union became an official part of EU legislation while there is also a special Commissioner on Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, Kuneva reminds.

The former Commissioner gave as an example the infringement procedure that the Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, can impose on Hungary over the country's controversial media act, adding such procedure can be started in any case there is human rights violation.

The EC can conduct their own probe or act on received information about unregulated use of special surveillance devices, Kuneva explained.

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Tags: EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, EC, sanctions, illegal use, special surveillance devices, Lisbon Treaty, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Viviane Reding


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