Friday, June 22, 2007

ROMANIA AND BULGARIA FAIL SHOWING PROGRESS IN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION- REPORT

Sofia News Agency
15:02 Fri 22 Jun 2007

Bulgaria and Romania still fail registering progress in the fight against corruption and organised crime after the EU entry of the two countries.

Reuters news agency reported that the two countries may face sanctions after European Commission announces its report on June 27.

Despite changes in justice systems in both countries, improvements in the sphere are still insufficient. The report said that main factors hindering the reforms include political controversies and bureaucracy.

The ties of Bulgarian and Romanian magistrates to criminal groups, combined with lack of effective laws feature among reasons for stalling reforms, the report said.

Organised crime is the key problem in Bulgaria. Shady public procurement deals divert millions of euro a year from the state budget, the report said.

According to the report, many of Bulgaria’s public officials were previously connected to intelligence services in the country. A number of public murders in the country remain unresolved, the report said.

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