Bulgaria to Set Up Unit to Coordinate Anti-Corruption Activities

Domestic | February 5, 2014, Wednesday // 17:49|  views

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has said that a unit will be tasked with coordinating the anti-corruption activities of the different state bodies.

He made clear that the unit would be the core of a comprehensive program which the government was yet to draft.

Oresharski informed that the establishment of the coordinating unit would be part of Bulgaria's measures in response to the EU Anti-Corruption Report published by the European Commission two days ago.

He stated that the EU Anti-Corruption Report made him believe that the weak point in Bulgaria's case was the lack of coordination of the efforts of the different state bodies.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister said that it was not yet clear whether a new body would be set up for coordination purposes or an existing structure would be tasked with these responsibilities.

Apart from the EU Anti-Corruption Report, Bulgaria's inefficient fight against corruption was also mentioned in the EC report under the co-operation and verification mechanism (CVM).

The EC report on Bulgaria's progress in the spheres of judiciary and home affairs drew attention to the failure of the Center for Prevention and Countering Corruption and Organized Crime (BORKOR) to deliver results.

In his Wednesday statement, Oresharski, as cited by the BGNES news agency, commented on the proposal of President Rosen Plevneliev that Bulgaria hold referendums alongside each round of upcoming elections.

"The referendum is a democratic form and it supplements democratic instruments, as long as they are not being abused," he stated.

He said that the practice was applicable in Bulgaria, provided that the questions were well formulated and were not misleading and that enough time had been provided for public discussion.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister explained that he had ordered an inquiry which had shown that the countries which initiated referendums most often provided sufficient time for public debate, adding that the period had never been shorter than 6 months.

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Tags: Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister, anti-corruption, European Commission, Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), BORKOR, progress report


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