European Commission Takes Positive View of Idea that EU Experts Help Bulgaria to Reform its Judiciary

European Commission Takes Positive View of Idea that EU Experts Help Bulgaria to Reform its Judiciary

The European Commission takes a positive view of the idea that EU experts assist Bulgaria in its judicial reform, according to the draft of a report from the Commission assessing progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) in judicial reform, the fight against corruption, and the fight against organised crime. The final version of the report will be released on Wednesday.
The Commission points out that many of the recommendations in the 2015 CVM report remain valid. The strategies on the judicial reform and on the fight against corruption (described as "a detailed blueprint for action"), as well the amendments to the Constitution, adopted in 2015, are seen as "important steps to put reform back on the agenda, following a period in which political instability appeared to be stalling progress."
"But it is clear that the translation of these strategies into concrete and tangible progress will be a major challenge for 2016," the draft reads.
The report acknowledges the Bulgarian Government's initiatives to crack down on corruption in the administration and the steps taken to improve the credibility around the random case allocation system. The Commission would like to see a capacity established with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and its Inspectorate to monitor the application and security of the new system for the random allocation of cases in courts. "These institutions must be transparent about the outcome of inspections and the follow-up to problems identified," the text says.


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