Bulgaria needs to make further progress in judicial reform and in the fight against corruption and organised crime, the European Commission said in its fifth annual report on progress in Bulgaria under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), which was made public here on Wednesday.
The current report takes note of the sustained political will and commitment of the Bulgarian Government to pursue its reform strategy. Bulgaria continued to reform the judicial system, strengthened legislation on conflict of interest and started a structural reform within the police and the criminal court system.
At the same time, the report also notes that the fight against high-level corruption has not led to convincing results during the last twelve months and that overall result in the fight against organised crime need to be significantly improved. The leadership of the judiciary has yet to show a real commitment to judicial reform. (Source: BTA)