Bulgaria Minister to Report Anti-Corruption Progress to Clinton
Foreign Minister, Rumiana Jeleva, is going to inform US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, of progress made by the Bulgarian government in fighting high-level corruption.
Bulgaria’s Minister is going to tell Clinton about the cases of investigation and charges against five former Bulgarian Ministers from the Stanishev government during their meeting in Washington DC on November 23, 2009.
Jeleva had a special meeting with Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev on Wednesday in order to get updated on the cases.
One former Bulgarian Minister, ex-Agriculture head Valeri Tsvetanov, was already charged with corruption and violations over land swap deals in September. The names of the other four Ministers to be charged are still unknown but former Labor Minister Emiliya Maslarova is almost certainly one of them.
Earlier on Wednesday, the US Embassy in Sofia announced that progress in the field of rule of law, together with energy security, is going to be a major topic of Jeleva’s talks with Secretary of State Clinton.
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" For more than 100 days the present Government has repeatedly blamed the former government for wrongdoings and corruption- it has turned into a kind of trademark for Bulgaria as a nation."
Boyko is taking his plays from Obamination's play book. He has been doing nothing but complain about the mess Bush left behind.
No much to report - well, in Bulgaria outspoken intentions count for results, so why not give it a try ? For more than 100 days the present Government has repeatedly blamed the former government for wrongdoings and corruption- it has turned into a kind of trademark for Bulgaria as a nation. The slow and insufficient changes have been blamed on Bulgaria's historic past where the Ottoman empire and the Soviet period are the reasons why Bulgaria is dragging behind all other nations in the European Union in all respects.
The rampant corruption among politicians and high level officials was present during the Stanichev period and it continues and increases at full speed. The illegal local taxes, the corrupt Traffic police charging people for fiction crimes, the custom officer charging foreign motoring tourists for "special" insurance, community tax, "missing" documents etc. The latest development is the Parliament's effort to ban British cars from being sold and registered in Bulgaria. In cities like Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv the Traffic police is already practicing a "ban" than has not passed the Parliament and been implemented by the authorities and approved by EU.
One "celebrity" after another has been arrested and charged with corruption and professional misconduct, but no convictions passed since 2001 and there is not a single person in jail for high level corruption.
No, there is not much to report and the situation is still very much the same. Showcases for EU and USA to release funds and investments wont help much. EU is a slow learner, but eventually the harsh reality has emerged. Bulgaria tries desperately to defend its EU membership without the necessary changes, while ambitious and persistent candidates like Turkey, Macedonia, Albania and Serbia have the political willingness to join the Union. Bulgaria's strategic position as the gateway between Middle East and Europe is not worth a penny with Turkey as EU member.
UK extended the labor restrictions for Bulgaria and Romania, and Bulgaria's image has not improved much since 2007. So what is the FM going to tell Secretary Clinton ? That the ability to be corrupt, lie and cheat is a mindset that will take decades to change? Stanichev tried, but the funds are still blocked and Bulgaria's image is the worst ever.
" Bulgaria’s Minister is going to tell Clinton about the cases of investigation and charges against five former Bulgarian Ministers from the Stanishev government during their meeting in Washington DC on November 23, 2009."
Ministers don't go around whining to secretaries of state about their political rivals. Who is Hillary going to gossip about--Sarah Palin?
HAHAHA! This one is a dumb bimbo for sure. Fell off the ugly tree and hit her head so hard, she got dumb. Boyko has no taste in women. All his taste is in his mouth.