Bulgaria has political will to reform judiciary, PM tells European Commissioner

Bulgaria’s judicial reform strategy had been approved by a wide majority in Parliament, proving political will to achieve sustainable change in the judiciary, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov told European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans on June 4.

Judicial reform in Bulgaria and measures undertaken by institutions to make it irreversible were at the heart of a working meeting between Borissov and Timmermans, a government media statement said.

The meeting was held in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna and was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Rumyana Buchvarova and Minister of Justice Hristo Ivanov.

Borissov said that approval by Parliament of the judicial reform strategy proposed by his government “demonstrated the will of political forces to achieve sustainable change in an area that Bulgarian citizens, EU partners, and investors believe does not correspond to the level of democratic development of Bulgaria”.

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