Bulgaria’s New Justice Minister Looking Forward to EC Report

Bulgaria’s New Justice Minister Looking Forward to EC Report

Bulgaria's newly appointed Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva said it's quite reasonable to be entertaining certain expectations about the European Commission's judicial reform report due out in July as, by that time, the country will have more achievements that merit acknowledgement.

The official said that all institutions invited to give their opinion want to do their best and to spotlight their achievements, the state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported on Monday.

Expectations for the findings of the July report are based on what each institution had already achieved, Kovacheva added.

The official pointed to the interaction between the Interior and the Justice Ministry as her top priority and said she will be pushing ahead with judicial reforms already underway.

Kovacheva stressed the role of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) but she sees a need for possible changes that would make it more efficient. She said the problem might be due to how SJC members are recruited, suggesting that the nominees should be publicly discussed and should meet with broad public approval.

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