Bulgaria, Europe’s ‘most corrupt country,’ cracks down – again

Despite having been part of the European Union for nearly a decade, tackling high-level corruption remains one of Bulgaria’s “biggest challenges,” the European Commission pointed out in a progress report earlier this year.

The report, which criticized the country’s slow progress, said tackling high-level corruption and organized crime “must be the highest priority.” This week, authorities have had another chance to follow that advice.

On Monday, three officials were detained in connection with an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of EU funds and suspected document fraud in the Bulgarian fisheries sector, following simultaneous raids in the capital, Sofia, the Black Sea city of Bourgas and Yambol, a town in the country’s southeast.

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