Bulgaria MPs Rebuffed by 14 Diplomats over Anti-Corruption Bill
Bulgarian lawmakers have to come up with new ideas about tackling high-level corruption, foreign diplomats have said in a joint statement.
In an open letter sent out to the media, the Ambassadors of 14 EU member states, with the support of diplomats from two non-EU countries (Norway and Switzerland) have reproached the Bulgarian Parliament for rejecting on September 2 "the draft law against high level corruption, at its first reading."
"The rejection without further parliamentary discussion of the initial text proposed by the government sends a negative signal in the frame of the fight against corruption," the statement itself reads.
"The effective fight against corruption is a crucial element of the Rule of Law, and has been put at the top of the agenda by the European Commission in its successive CVM reports, endorsed by our governments and the successive governments of the Republic of Bulgaria."
"We hope the political parties who rejected it (including those that did not vote) will present new ideas as soon as possible to tackle this issue, hence showing this failure doesn’t mean that MPs disregard the importance of combating corruption at any level."
The list includes "EU Ambassadors of the Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Cyprus, Spain [and] Luxembourg." Their statement is "supported by the ambassadors of Norway and Switzerland."
Despite having shown strong commitment to combating corruption over the past months, MPs failed to adopt last week a bill many had previously acclaimed due to resistance from both the opposition and some of the government's coalition partners.
The draft law was a key part of junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc's election platform, and some RB members hinted they might consider leaving the ruling axis.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, however, promised after the vote that the bill would be re-tabled in three months' time.
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My last visit to the Seychelles, I was shocked to see the quantity of Bulgarians in this Tax Heaven.
The Bulgarian wore his Gold Rolex Watch and made sure that everybody sees this watch on his wrist.
We should not forget the beautiful Seychellian females surrounding the Bulgarian.
In Sofia, I saw this character in a fine restaurant and was told he is a Bulgarian "influ?ncia" politician.
I said to myself, how much money was robbed from the mouths of the Bulgarian?
I see only Poland there from the former communist independent + Soviet autonomous states; Greece is missing, Cyprus is not (very strange); Malta is missing; Sweden is missing, Denmark is not;
+ Switzerland + Norway, still missing Iceland (a country much larger than Luxembourg size-wise, population-wise close to the latter), Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Vatican (the last is also the only country in the world, besides Kosovo, that is independent and no UN member, some would say Kosovo is not independent but those "some" are unworthy of being paid attention to ;-) ), in order for the entire Western Europe to say be there. But I bet including Andorra, Monaco & co would have made that list look ridiculous, despite its completeness.
Poland must be frustrated that Bg is no way close to being as anti-Russian as they are.
Bulgarians, remember: if Romania manages to re-steal the parts of Ukraine it has territorial claims on, you're next. That means close cooperation with both Ukraine and Russia (if possible) and the US (again if possible), with the latter because of economic interest, you have to "navigate" wisely in your foreign policy since at least 3 of your 5 neighbors have territorial claims on you (Ro, Turkey and F YROM)