The State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad issued thousands of certificates of Bulgarian origin – a vital step towards a passport – to citizens of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia without having received any proof of their Bulgarian origins, an official investigation has found.
The check was done by the Supreme Administrative Prosecution at the request of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Justice late last year. Prosecutors have not initiated criminal proceedings but have only made recommendations to the agency.
Bulgarian news site Mediapool said that the findings were “so outrageous” that the only logical explanation for the actions of some employees of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad was corruption.
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