Top Magistrate Wants Judiciary Separated in Bulgaria's EU Talks

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | April 3, 2006, Monday // 00:00

Ivan Grigorov, chairman of the Bulgarian Supreme Cassation Court, called for the separation of the judiciary and the home affairs in Bulgaria's negotiations with the European Union (EU).

Grigorov pointed out that it is unduly chapter 24 to include both the judiciary and home affairs. In his words the main problem is that fact that the home affairs are part of the executive power, whereas judiciary is within the area of the independent judicial power.

He also underlined that in the last report of the European experts there were no criticism towards the judicial system, whereas there were seven remarks on the work in the home affairs field. Grigorov described the words of Interior Minister Rumen Petkov that the lag in the judicial system is due mainly to the justice sector, as insulting.

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov commented that the demands of Grigorov sound logical, because if the justice and the home affairs are separated "we shall know whose fault was it for the slow reforms."

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