EU Report Urges Increased Accountability of Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office
Friday, 23 December 2016
To take measures for strengthening the accountability and transparency of the prosecutor’s office should be a top priority for Bulgaria, the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) said in a report.
An executive summary of the report was published on the website of Bulgaria's prosecutor's office on Wednesday.
Bulgaria should adopt a package of measures aimed at enhancing the effective performance of the prosecutor’s office, introducing safeguards to prevent inappropriate or arbitrary action and ensuring proper accountability, the SRRS said.
The report was drafted by five prosecutors from four EU member states following seven expert missions to Bulgaria between June and December 2016. It is a result of the request from the Bulgarian authorities for technical assistance in the field of justice reform made in February. The terms of reference were agreed in May.
In terms of accountability, the authors suggest that a senior and independent judicial figure outside the prosecutor’s office should have responsibility for supervising an investigation into allegations of serious criminal wrongdoing by the prosecutor general.
The report calls for the establishment of a parliamentary committee which should hold sessions - open to the public - with the prosecutor general and senior officials of the prosecutor's office at least once in a quarter.