Findings from EU Analysis of Bulgarian Prosecution Will be Made Public

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | June 30, 2016, Thursday // 15:43
Bulgaria: Findings from EU Analysis of Bulgarian Prosecution Will be Made Public Bulgarian Justice MInister Ekaterina Zaharieva (L) and European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. Photo: Ministry of Justice

The conclusions and recommendations from the ongoing independent EU analysis of the work of the Bulgarian prosecutor's office will be published in view of the great public interest.

This became clear after the meeting between Bulgarian Justice Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on Thursday, the justice ministry informed.

Prosecutors from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, specialised in the investigation of heavy crimes and corruption, arrived on a five-day visit to Bulgaria on Monday to inspect the work of the prosecutor's office.

Initially, their visit was scheduled to be at the end of May, but was postponed on the request of Brussels.

By the end of the year, the European prosecutors have to devise independent analysis of the structural and functional model of the Bulgarian prosecution, with their findings expected to feature in the next Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report which is due to be released at the beginning of next year.

The European analysis was recommended in the latest CVM report issued in January and the assistance was formally requested by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The Commission once again highlighted that the mission is of entirely expert and technical nature and aims at producing objective and fair analysis.

Zaharieva and Dombrovskis, who oversees the work of the Structural Reform Support Service to the European Commission which organised the current mission of European prosecutors to Bulgaria, assessed positively the work of the service.

They discussed the possibility for the holding of other missions for technical assistance in the future, including expert assistance for implementing the recommendations of the Council of the EU on the new insolvency proceedings framework.

Zaharieva also discussed the progress of the judicial reform with European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva.

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