Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has announced that four magistrates from different countries are expected to arrive in Bulgaria on May 30 to conduct an analysis of the national prosecuting authority.
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Team members will be from Spain, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands.
An “independent analysis” of the prosecution was part of the recommendations submitted by the EU Commission in its Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Bulgaria in January. Earlier, the idea had been voiced by ex-Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov (who resigned in December after his judicial reform proposal was partly watered down by Parliament) and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
It comes as Bulgaria is working to carry through a judicial reform that the government says will help the country get rid of corruption, while the opposition believes it is a way to purge the system of certain appointments.
The experts will only work on structural and functional issues of the prosecutor’s office, but will also have access to particular cases if necessary.
“They will work in several missions, each one 3 days long. No request they make will be declined, but in the end we achieved an agreement and [under it] the analysis has to be completed exactly at the end of December so that its findings can be in the next monitoring report on Bulgaria,” public broadcaster BNR quotes Tsatsarov as saying.
His remarks came as he was in Brussels with Justice Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Deputy PM Rumyana Bachvarova to meet EU Commission officials.
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