Bulgaria to fight corruption with new state body – Deputy PM

Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kouneva said that the Cabinet will set up a new body to fight corruption, as envisioned in the updated government strategy on preventing corruption.

In an interview with Bulgarian National Radio on March 31, Kouneva said that the strategy was ready and the last step was the Finance Ministry giving its approval to the financial aspects of the document. She gave no timetable as to when the strategy could be submitted for discussion by the Cabinet.

Kouneva, as the Deputy PM in charge of co-ordinating European policies and institutional matters, has been working on reshaping Bulgaria’s approach to fighting corruption since taking office in November 2014. During that time, she has held several meetings with Romanian top officials, saying that Sofia should emulate Bucharest’s success in pursuing corrupt officials.

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