EC Letter Criticizing Bulgaria Cabinet Released with Five-Day Delay

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EC Letter Criticizing Bulgaria Cabinet Released with Five-Day Delay: EC Letter Criticizing Bulgaria Cabinet Released with Five-Day Delay The letter of the EC Director for Enlargement Michael Lee criticizing the Buglarian government was released by the cabinet five days after it was received.

A letter of the European Commission Director for Enlargement Michael Leigh to Bulgaria's Deputy Finance Minister Dimitar Ivanovski was released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance.

The letter, which criticized the Bulgarian authorities for failing to comply with earlier recommendations of the EC Enlargement Directorate, is dated May 8.

According to the Bulgarian newspaper Trud Daily, the Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva, the Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski, and his deputy Dimitar Ivanovski held consultations on what to do with the letter, and sent an enquiry to Brussels.

The reply was that the EC left it up to the member state governments whether to disclose such documents. Thus, Michael Leigh's letter was published on the websites of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday afternoon.

The letter points out that the appointment of Meglena Plugchieva as Deputy PM was a positive step but it stressed that the Bulgarian government had failed to comply in full with the 25 measures recommended in the EC Enlargement Directorate's letter from February 28 with respect to the absorption of the PHARE program.

Leigh states that the information provided by Bulgaria's Finance Ministry were not sufficient for the Commission to conclude that all PHARE program contracts of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works were "legal, regular and in conformity with the applicable rules".

The letter lists four main areas of concern to EC with respect to Bulgaria's National Authorizing Officer, the position held by Deputy Finance Minister Dimitar Ivanovski, namely the full authority to manage the PHARE program, the need to strengthen the systems to detect irregularities, the need for increased staff in the implementing agencies, and the need to improve the quality and frequency of reporting to the EC.

Michael Leigh demands that the government submit a report by June 16 proving the problem areas had been addressed, upon which the Commission would decided whether to renew the PHARE and other pre-accession programs subsidies for Bulgaria.
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judge advocaat retired - 15 May 2008 // 01:30:38

So the people who form the government, do not have the intellectual capacity to understand a correspondence from Brussels, and have to enquire to Brussels what must we do with this letter.

quote,The letter, which criticized the Bulgarian authorities for failing to comply with earlier recommendations of the EC Enlargement Directorate, is dated May 8.

According to the Bulgarian newspaper Trud Daily, the Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva, the Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski, and his deputy Dimitar Ivanovski held consultations on what to do with the letter, and sent an enquiry to Brussels.

Is there any wonder with a government of this calibre that Bulgaria is commonly known as a Banana Republic.

Come on people, at the next elections lets see some new blood and young people with a real understanding of the western countries ambitions for the economic recovery of Bulgaria. This opportunity will not last indefinitely.

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