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Commenting article: Bulgaria’s Socialists Wish for Cabinet Change in 2011

The cabinet of Boyko Borisov failed the most in the economic and budgetary spheres, according to the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Sergey Stanishev.

The BSP leader said Monday that the current government made three major blunders in 2010.

As blunder number one, Stanishev assessed the actions of the Bulgarian Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, related to “wiretapping and police brutality.”

Highlander - 28 Dec 2010 // 12:41:16

According to BSP, the cabinet suffered most criticism in the economic and social sphere and the delay of Bulgaria’s entry to the Schengen Area was an indication of failure in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

Corruption and organized crime are the main obstacles for an improved relationship with EU/other European countries, and certainly there is no chance for Bulgaria to join Schengen at this stage.
But the more important indicator is the critical note from EU Commission about Bulgaria's ability to get financial support/funding. Substantial funding for infrastructure, agriculture, regional development etc is available for all EU memberstates, but it is not a free ride as most people in Bulgaria seem to believe. Bulgaria is still dragging behind all other memberstates when it comes to administration of the funds (absorb the funds). It is in Bulgaria done by so-called state agencies, and as expected the agencies do not comply by EU regulations- draining, fraud, double/fake accounting and conflict of interest is daily agenda.
But EU's strict monitoring of the funds is quite efficient as the funds are time-limited and they will not be available unless all applications are fully documented. The agencies have tried old and new scams , but EU has learned all the necessary lessons from dealing with EU officials and the funds are not released. So it is a Catch 22 for Bulgaria- No funds available for undocumented projects. If there is no verified documentation then there is no project, so Bulgaria obviously does not need EU funds.
Next year Bulgaria will loose nearly 80% of EU funds because the country has not been able to absorb the funds for this year( due to corruption and fraud).

So it all has to do with corruption/fraud and organized crime and it has been made clear to Bulgaria.

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