Bulgarian President Vows to End Police-Judiciary 'War'

Domestic | February 14, 2012, Tuesday // 11:39|  views

Bulgaria's new President, Rosen Plevneliev, has set the goal to finish reforms so that by 2013 the country is no longer placed under the verification and monitoring mechanism of the EC. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's new President, Rosen Plevneliev, has vowed to tame the "war" between the police and judiciary.

Plevneliev made the statement when commenting on the European Commission's interim report on Bulgaria, which was once again highly critical of the judicial system in the country and the progress in the fight against corruption and organized crime.

The Head of State explained he has scheduled a number of meetings with the involved parties, after already speaking with the Chief Prosecutor, and the Justice Minister.

"I expect concrete measures so that Bulgaria can finally achieve the big goal," said he.

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, already stated that some of the culprits for Brussels' negative assessment are the Ministers of Justice and of the Interior over exchanged remarks between them and mutual accusations.

Plevneliev said he would prepare an action plan to help conclude reforms by 2013 so that Bulgaria is no longer placed under the verification and monitoring mechanism of the EC.

"This is my goal, not just having one report after another and an avalanche of explanations of who did what and who is guilty of what. What matters here is to finish the reforms we committed to Brussels," the President pointed out.

He spoke during his first meeting with the leadership of the Bulgarian Army since taking office. The Commander in Chief praised Bulgarian servicemen for what they have accomplished in 2011.

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