EU ambassadors criticise Bulgarian MPs’ rejection of anti-corruption bill

A group of ambassadors from EU countries said in a letter that Bulgarian Parliament’s decision to reject a draft anti-corruption bill last week sent the wrong signal about Bulgaria’s commitment to fight graft.

The letter was signed by ambassadors from 14 EU member states – Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Luxembourg – as well as Norway and Switzerland, which are part of EU’s internal market without being members of the bloc.

“The rejection without further parliamentary discussion of the initial text proposed by the government sends a negative signal in the frame of the fight against corruption. The effective fight against corruption is a crucial element of the Rule of Law, and has been put at the top of the agenda by the European Commission in its successive [Co-operation and Verification Mechanism] reports, endorsed by our governments and the successive governments of the Republic of Bulgaria,” the letter said.

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