Bulgaria Will Outpace Romania in Combating Corruption, Organized Crime – PM Borisov

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | April 3, 2015, Friday // 16:21
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Will Outpace Romania in Combating Corruption, Organized Crime – PM Borisov Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, photo by BGNES

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has pledged a swift adoption of substantial changes to the judicial system that will result in Bulgaria outpacing Romania in terms of progress in combating corruption and organized crime.

Speaking Friday in Varna, he argued that a year and a half ago, during his previous term in office as Prime Minister, Romania had had a monitoring report under the Co-Operation and Verification Mechanism issued every six months, while the one on Bulgaria had covered a year and a half, and yet everybody had been comparing Romania to Bulgaria.

“In a sense, they were trying to catch up with us. At the same time, we wanted, if possible, to be treated separately from them as regards Schengen bids. What has happened in a year and a half is that Romanians are now given to us as an example. Four years they were behind us,” Borisov declared, vowing that Bulgaria will again outperform Romania in 3-4 months, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.

He also told journalists that the government was working “in perfect synchrony” in an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding, tolerance and discipline.

Borisov made clear that there would be no changes to the government.

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister announced that Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov would submit a bill on amending and supplementing the Judiciary Act before Easter.

He said that a group of 40 people had worked on the proposals for legal amendments, adding that Ivanov would submit the draft to the Council of Ministers once the working groups had finished working on it.

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Co-operation and Verification Mechanism, Schengen, Schengen Area, Judiciary Act, judicial reform
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