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January 24, 2022

EU Commission’s Georgieva: Bulgaria, Romania must work on CVM reasons

Bulgaria and Romania should not aspire to the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), but rather act to remove the reasons for which it has been set up, says EU Commission Vice President (budget and human resources) Kristalina Georgieva, quoted by novinite.com.

In an interview to the economic news website Investor.bg, Georgieva said that Bulgaria is not on a race against Romania to complete the judicial system’s reform, but races against itself, since the failure of implementing the said reform is dragging the country down.

“Bulgaria, as well as Romania, have known for a long time what has to be done and how important reforms are – not for the next report, not even for the date when monitoring will be over,” said the EU official.

Her comments came after several Bulgarian MEPs have asked for the CVM’s lifting as a result of its insufficient effect of stimulating democracy in both Bulgaria and Romania.

Moreover, many Bulgarian politicians expressed their concern about Bulgaria lagging behind Romania in terms of judiciary reform and fight against corruption.

Georgieva mentioned that Bulgaria urgently needs to introduce the e-governance in order to slash pervasive bureaucracy.

The evaluation reports drawn up by the European Commission within the CVM and presented on 27 January recommended the further monitoring of judiciary reforms and of anti-corruption efforts in both Bulgaria and Romania, until irreversible major progress is noted.

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