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Commenting article: OLAF Assesses Highly Bulgaria's Anti-frauds Efforts

The EU anti-fraud office OLAF has sent a letter to the Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov to express its high assessment of the progress of Bulgaria in curbing frauds with EU funds.

The letter has been sent by Thierry Cretin, Director of Directorate A (Operations and Investigations I), who visited Bulgaria in February 2010 on the invitation of the Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

In the letter, Cretin points out the efforts by the Bulgarian government throughout 2010 for improving the national system for protection of frauds with EU funds.

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#1
DrFaust - 4 Jan 2011 // 06:02:56

"Man what an annoying little thwart that Highlander dude. For quite some time, I see him spitting venom left and right on this board. Hey what exactly are you doing for money to have the time for recreational malice? Organized crime and corruption (called simply mafia) are allover the place. Italy is probably the most striking example, where the EU institutions magically fail to see harm, or a problem of any kind. It does not bother anybody, no fatigue of the EU enlargement has been created, sun is shining all is good. And you sorry idiot have not even the slightest clue what kind of money is being misused on a daily basis in the heart of the former Roman Empire. No matter what the rotten EU institutions are making you believe, crime and corruption are really serious matter for the mankind all together, a matter that has not and will never be solved! Look at the US (where the famous cables are directed to). The land of the endless possibilities and democracy. Yeah, right, my ars. The corruption is on such a level there, that laws are tailored for the specific needs of the crime. Yep that's how it is done right. Not small peanuts like in BG, but the whole thing! And it is for the masses to obey those laws, you will be severely punished, guaranteed. All needs to look beautiful over the rotten engine.Now Highlander some explanation for your misfortunate lack of understanding. OLAF is congratulating Borisov for the efforts and the steps undertaken. While in the rest of the world no one bothers to do anything real about those problems, he, bate boiko, the crude BG firefighter, is trying. Might be willingly, or because of the constant EU demands. One way or another he is doing it. Yes, big results - although even smaller once would mean a huge achievement - are still to come and it can not happen from today to tomorrow since those organizations are extremely strong. You have to understand that last part well. The organized crime nurtures from its global networks where structures in all countries are present and perform their own part. Don't be so childish to believe that the couple of branch mafia bosses from the poorest country in the EU could have any saying in the big picture. I know EU bureaucrats want you to believe so, but simple math knows better. And it is sooooo easy to make noise around weak players like BG and RO. Who is to push the big once? Those bureaucrats need to show up something for the fatty salaries they devour month by month. And to put it another way: people are more opposed to fur than to leather, because it is easier to harass innocent women than motorcycle gangs."

Excuse me, but what are you trying to say? That there is organized crime also in other countries, not only in Bulgaria? I suppose nobody doubts that.
What you fail to see on the other side is that for somebody that lives in Bulgaria the situation in Bulgaria is of a bit bigger concern than the situation in Burkina Faso or wherever.

#2
Nellieherself - 3 Jan 2011 // 23:44:10

"Hey what exactly are you doing for money to have the time for recreational malice?"

HEHEHE! Good one! I am a big fan of recreational malice.

But I digress...

The level of corruption in Bulgaria surpasses anything in the known universe. Just read the Wikileaks from the US ambassador to Bulgaria. She has written a whole novel about corruption in Bulgaria and how useless is the judiciary, how no criminal ever gets convicted or imprisoned. Bulgaria is a gypsy revolting squat toilet. The only place with comparable levels of corruption is Afghanistan.

#3
Sveto - 3 Jan 2011 // 22:02:20

Man what an annoying little thwart that Highlander dude. For quite some time, I see him spitting venom left and right on this board. Hey what exactly are you doing for money to have the time for recreational malice?
Organized crime and corruption (called simply mafia) are allover the place. Italy is probably the most striking example, where the EU institutions magically fail to see harm, or a problem of any kind. It does not bother anybody, no fatigue of the EU enlargement has been created, sun is shining all is good. And you sorry idiot have not even the slightest clue what kind of money is being misused on a daily basis in the heart of the former Roman Empire. No matter what the rotten EU institutions are making you believe, crime and corruption are really serious matter for the mankind all together, a matter that has not and will never be solved! Look at the US (where the famous cables are directed to). The land of the endless possibilities and democracy. Yeah, right, my ars. The corruption is on such a level there, that laws are tailored for the specific needs of the crime. Yep that's how it is done right. Not small peanuts like in BG, but the whole thing! And it is for the masses to obey those laws, you will be severely punished, guaranteed. All needs to look beautiful over the rotten engine.
Now Highlander some explanation for your misfortunate lack of understanding. OLAF is congratulating Borisov for the efforts and the steps undertaken. While in the rest of the world no one bothers to do anything real about those problems, he, bate boiko, the crude BG firefighter, is trying. Might be willingly, or because of the constant EU demands. One way or another he is doing it. Yes, big results - although even smaller once would mean a huge achievement - are still to come and it can not happen from today to tomorrow since those organizations are extremely strong. You have to understand that last part well. The organized crime nurtures from its global networks where structures in all countries are present and perform their own part. Don't be so childish to believe that the couple of branch mafia bosses from the poorest country in the EU could have any saying in the big picture. I know EU bureaucrats want you to believe so, but simple math knows better. And it is sooooo easy to make noise around weak players like BG and RO. Who is to push the big once? Those bureaucrats need to show up something for the fatty salaries they devour month by month. And to put it another way: people are more opposed to fur than to leather, because it is easier to harass innocent women than motorcycle gangs.

#4
Highlander - 2 Jan 2011 // 18:09:39

Really? What a remarkable story and as usual not verified by EU/OLAF. Unless the letter is highly confidential/restricted, PM Borisov would be happy to have it published in full.
If AFCOS is "partner" of OLAF there should be no reason to mention the good cooperation the two bodies. In short: AFCOS is not part of OLAF,and has never been.
It is so much more remarkable as EU itself keep in place the monitoring mechanism and has clearly expressed that Bulgaria is short of serious issues in its "fight" against corruption and organized crime. Major members of the Schengen Treaty (Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden etc) have given Romania and Bulgaria a clear message.
Novinite has to do better homework in journalism and use of sources as the Schengen project is not a EU spesific "institution",but also include non - EU members (f.ex. Norway), so the Commission or the EU Parliament cannot approve, only recommend on the technical issues, Bulgaria's Schengen entry. The technical issues are related to EU's outer border control and Bulgaria/Romania have failed in this area as well.
Bulgaria has been denied access to Eurozone because of home-cooked deficit figures, the Schengen entry is only available when Bulgaria is(and have achieved significant results in judicial reforms, corruption and organized crime),more EU funding is available
when Bulgaria has proper and reliable management of the funds(Ref letter from EU Commission) etc.etc.
Every monitoring report since 2007 have pointed out that Bulgaria is not doing any serious efforts to curb corruption and organized crime, and OLAF has registered nearly
100% conflict of interest in public tenders for infrastructure projecs with EU funding.

It is a bleak picture and Borisov's statement does not make sense at all. Why should OLAF assess Bulgaria in such a way when the EU officially has critisized Bulgaria for not doing enough and also registered in increase in corruption and organized crime ?

Bulgarian analysts have characterized the Interior Ministry as a coordination center for organized crime and corruption, and it is a fair description. Hard to imagine OLAF or EU
give support to a Ministry or Government that have failed so heavily.

#5
Chushki - 2 Jan 2011 // 14:14:20

What an unfortunate name the Director of Directorate A has. Unlike our resident Nazi DrGoebbels who is positively thrilled by his nom de plume. Hehehe

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