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Olli Rehn: High level corruption in Bulgaria unprosecuted

Date: 19.10.2005

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn criticized Bulgaria over the lack of prosecution of high-level corruption.

"Petty corruption has been reduced over the years, but there has not been really any cases of high-level corruption that has been prosecuted," Olli Rehn said at a press conference at the end of his visit to Bulgaria.

"Nobody should be above the law and it is a matter of credibility of the judiciary system."

Olli Rehn's one-day fact-finding mission came just ten days ahead of the approval of the European Commission comprehensive monitoring report on Bulgaria's progress towards accession.

The report, due to be released by the EC on October 25, will not include any recommendations whether or not to use the safeguard clause. It will provide a roadmap as regards what remains to be done by next spring, when the final assessment of Bulgaria's readiness will be done. The final report will be presented in April or May.

Refusing to disclose the content of the report, Olli Rehn pledged that it will be as objective and fair an assessment of Bulgaria's readiness to join the European Union as possible.

The EC official assured that no pressure has been exerted on the Commisison by certain member states. The statement was triggered by a question on the words of European Parliament rapporteur for Bulgaria, Jeoffrey van Orden, who said last month that various countries, mainly Germany, are pressing the EC for a strict report and delay in the enlargement process.

Olli Rehn reiterated that the overarching challenge for the country remains the reform of the judicial system, the priority of priorities. Other critical areas of concern are reduction of corruption and fights against organized crime, food safety and agriculture.

"Bulgaria can't afford to spare a minute to prepare itself to become a fully-fledged member of the European Union. The challenge is a durable one," he said.

He called on the government and the society to direct all its energy and efforts on meeting the conditions for EU membership.

As some EU members are waiting for the monitoring report before they ratify Bulgaria's EU Accession Treaty, Oll Rehn pointed out a distinction should be made between the monitoring process and the ratification procedures.

Sofia Morning News

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