EC: Oral Report on Bulgaria Will Be Factual, without Political AssessmentsBulgaria in EU | July 15, 2013, Monday // 19:14| views
European Commission's Spokesperson Mark Gray. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Mark Gray, a spokesman for the European Commission, has stated that the upcoming oral Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report on Bulgaria will be factual and will not contain political assessments.
Gray’s statement came as a rebuttal of allegations published by the Bulgarian media, that the report will sharply criticize the Bulgarian government and will evaluate it as “weakened and not showing a political will to work on progress with judicial reform, the fight against corruption and the fight against organized crime.”
“The publication is absolutely inaccurate and misleading to readers. It is not grounded in any trustworthy facts. The verbal presentation, that the EC will make this week, will be factual and will not comprise of any political assessments,” the spokesman said.
Gray also dismissed statements that the EC will recommend a postponement of Bulgaria’s entry into the Schengen border-free area by at least a year due the its unsatisfying progress and raging political crisis.
“The EC does not make a connection between the monitoring mechanism and Schengen and the issue of the border-free are will not be present in the verbal report,” Mark Gray emphasized, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.
The oral report on Bulgaria is to be presented to European Union member states on July 18.