Bulgaria to See Brussels Extend Judicial Reform Monitoring - Report
The European Commission is expected to announce it will continue to monitor Bulgaria's progress in the areas of judicial reform, fighting organized crime and corruption, local media reports say.
The commission's report on the country's progress since joining the EU in 2007, alongside Romania, due out on Wednesday, is expected to be very harsh.
It will include criticism over a number of controversial appointments, including the scandalous appointment of alleged controversial media mogul and Member of the Parliament from the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), Delyan Peevski, as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).
The appointment triggered months of protests seeking the resignation of the Socialist-endorsed Cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.
The Commission's reports under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) are published twice a year to monitor Bulgaria and Romania's post-EU accession progress in certain problem areas, namely as justice and home affairs.
The report was due to be published by the end of 2013, but was eventually delayed for January, dealing a heavy blow to Bulgaria's Schengen aspirations.
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