Boyko Naydenov Reelected Bulgarian Chief InvestigatorSociety | November 1, 2012, Thursday // 14:12| views
Outgoing Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev (l) and reelected Bulgarian Chief Investigator, Boyko Naydenov. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria's new Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, elected Thursday Boyko Naydenov for a second term as Chief of the National Investigative Services, NIS.
The two candidates were the incumbent NIS Head Naydenov, who is also a Deputy Chief Prosecutor, and Evgeni Dikov, a prosecutor with the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassations.
18 VSS members voted for and 7 against Naydenov, who heads NIS since 2008.
Naydenov, whose term expires on November 12, has been nominated by 7 VSS members, including outgoing Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, who submitted his resignation Thursday before VSS in order to assume his new post as constitutional judge.
Dikov was nominated by 5 VSS members.
Naydenov said he was thankful for the trust and gave high marks to Dikov.
This is the first senior judicial appointment of the new VSS seen as a rehearsal for the one of a new Chief Prosecutor.
One day ago the European Commission announced that Bulgaria might face an interim report on justice and home affairs in case "the situation requires it."
The warning was issued in the aftermath of new judicial appointments in Bulgaria and was stated by Olivier Bailly, spokesperson of EC.
The spokesperson stressed EC is alarmed by the latter and intents to monitor very closely processes in the Bulgarian justice system and to include them in the next monitoring report under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, CVM.
In answering questions from the media, Bailly stressed that EC expects from Bulgaria to adhere to European standards in the forthcoming election of Chief Prosecutor and Chief Investigator, and in all other judiciary appointments.
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