Bulgaria to Set Up Unit to Coordinate Anti-Corruption Activities

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria to Set Up Unit to Coordinate Anti-Corruption Activities Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has said that a unit will be tasked with coordinating the anti-corruption activities of the different state bodies.

He made clear that the unit would be the core of a comprehensive program which the government was yet to draft.

Oresharski informed that the establishment of the coordinating unit would be part of Bulgaria's measures in response to the EU Anti-Corruption Report published by the European Commission two days ago.

He stated that the EU Anti-Corruption Report made him believe that the weak point in Bulgaria's case was the lack of coordination of the efforts of the different state bodies.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister said that it was not yet clear whether a new body would be set up for coordination purposes or an existing structure would be tasked with these responsibilities.

Apart from the EU Anti-Corruption Report, Bulgaria's inefficient fight against corruption was also mentioned in the EC report under the co-operation and verification mechanism (CVM).

The EC report on Bulgaria's progress in the spheres of judiciary and home affairs drew attention to the failure of the Center for Prevention and Countering Corruption and Organized Crime (BORKOR) to deliver results.

In his Wednesday statement, Oresharski, as cited by the BGNES news agency, commented on the proposal of President Rosen Plevneliev that Bulgaria hold referendums alongside each round of upcoming elections.

"The referendum is a democratic form and it supplements democratic instruments, as long as they are not being abused," he stated.

He said that the practice was applicable in Bulgaria, provided that the questions were well formulated and were not misleading and that enough time had been provided for public discussion.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister explained that he had ordered an inquiry which had shown that the countries which initiated referendums most often provided sufficient time for public debate, adding that the period had never been shorter than 6 months.

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Tania Oz - 8 Feb 2014 // 07:06:02

Of course Oligarchski is correct, establishing another tier and unit of useless and unco-ordinated Bureaucracy and more "officials" on the payroll, is EXACTLY what BG needs.

"and that enough time had been provided for public discussion"................??? This statement is contrary to the REGIME making decisions and passing laws on the run without any public discussion or notice, like they have done and do since being "elected" and when it suits them???

Yeah right Oligarchski. Please engage brain before mouth! Idiot! You are not fooling anyone.

John Doe - 6 Feb 2014 // 10:10:40

Another useless unit.
Maybe Oresharski can hire them outside Bulgaria from the pool of people who fled the country in disgust, despair and rightfully fed up with the scams of the modern heroes of Bulgarian society. Maybe there he will find people that can read and write, a quality, that I truly miss in most government officials. It seems to be easier to spin fairy tales, then to obey law and procedures. But why get rid of corruption, then the true servants of the state have no grounds to blackmail, coerce and manipulate ordinary citizens into paying for services, that they are obliged to give for free. And the poor officials have to go home without a return of the investment of the bought position. And we wouldn’t want their home to go cold.

Seedy - 6 Feb 2014 // 05:54:01

Good move, Oligarchski! Let's have an "anti-corruption unit" that you can store in a dark cupboard to bring out and dust off to show to the EU suckers if they ask any awkward questions......

And forget the referendum - just Resign!

Philippe - 5 Feb 2014 // 19:48:02

he should warn the new boss not to keep a notebook with his initials...

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