Thursday, March 16, 2006

EC urges Bulgaria to step up fight against organised crime, corruption

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Bulgaria must show tangible progress in the implementation of judicial reform and in the fight against organised crime and corruption in the coming months, a senior EU enlargement official said in Sofia on Monday.

Weeks before the European Commission (EC) is due to publish a crunch report on Bulgaria's preparedness for EU membership, a senior Brussels official urged Sofia on Monday (13 March) to step up efforts in dealing with issues of serious concern for the Union.

"The EC does find certain progress in Bulgaria following the October monitoring report, but there are still areas raising serious concerns," said EC Director General for Enlargement Michael Leigh.
About 150 people have been killed in Bulgaria since 2001 in a string of bombings and contract murders, with no convictions to date.......(continued)


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