EP Voices Concern Over EU Funds Utilisation in Bulgaria

EP Voices Concern Over EU Funds Utilisation in Bulgaria

The European Parliament (EP) said on Thursday it is very concerned about the lack of progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism in Bulgaria and Romania.

"The Commission has to seriously examine whether it is even possible for EU funds to be deployed by Bulgaria in accordance with the rules in such an environment", EP said in a report based on findings of the European Court of Auditors regarding 2012.

The Parliament called on the Commission to focus its efforts especially on the paying agencies in Bulgaria and Romania and to resolve without delay the problems occurred.

There is a persistently high prevalence of corruption and the general difficulty observed in Bulgaria in assigning responsibilities and correcting errors, according to the report. The Parliament drew attention to proposals to amend Romania’s Penalty Code on issues regarding conflicts of interest for locally elected office-holders and an amnesty for members of the parliament guilty of corruption.

Bulgaria and Romania were among the EU member states where the Court of Auditors found serious deficiencies in the implementation of the reinforcement-of-assurance procedure.

Bulgaria has serious deficiencies in the direct payment systems, the EP also said.

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