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Sociologist Kancho Stoychev: Anti-corruption law is an outrageous act

Sociologist Kancho Stoychev: Anti-corruption law is an outrageous act

11 January 2018 | 15:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sociologist Kancho Stoychev described the new anti-corruption law as outrageous a day after the presidential veto on the law was overridden by the parliamentary legal committee. In FOCUS Radio’s morning block, Stoychev said that the problem of Bulgaria is not corruption itself, but the fact that there is no fight against it. According to him, the new law can be called a law for not fighting corruption. “It is a fact that there is no senior politician in Bulgaria convicted of corruption, and we are the only country worldwide. We are not the first in terms of corruption, it is speculation and unfriendliness. I have recently completed a global survey, again on corruption issues, in over 60 countries around the world. It shows that Bulgaria is not at the bottom, but we are there on one indicator: we do not fight corruption,” the sociologist said. He added that Bulgaria has enough laws to fight corruption, provided that they are effectively applied.
He warned that magnifying the Bulgarian EU presidency will lead to serious disappointment. The rotating presidency gives only a technical function to the country, he said.
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President Rumen Radev: Veto override in legal affairs committee shows there is no will for fight against corruption

President Rumen Radev: Veto override in legal affairs committee shows there is no will for fight against corruption

10 January 2018 | 17:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The rejection of the veto on the anti-corruption law by the Parliament’s legal affairs committee shows that there is no will for a fight against corruption, President Rumen Radev told reporters. “This is not surprising to me. All debates on the anti-corruption law and especially the developments today show that there is no political will for a real and comprehensive fight against corruption. Obviously, this fight will continue to be led by citizens and the media,” he said, quoted by FOCUS News Agency.
Asked if he will ask the Constitutional Court to consider the anti-corruption law, Radev stressed that the new law will not bring about the real changes which people expect.
He also said that Bulgaria needs a detailed discussion about the Istanbul Convention. “We must know what we are signing and ratifying, instead of understanding post factum what we have accepted,” he added.
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Legal affairs committee rejects presidential veto on anti-corruption law

Legal affairs committee rejects presidential veto on anti-corruption law

10 January 2018 | 17:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament’s legal affairs committee overrode President Rumen Radev’s veto on the anti-corruption law, FOCUS News Agency reports. Ten committee members voted against the veto, while 7 supported it.
During the discussion, Deputy Minister of Justice Evgeni Stoyanov said that the opinions of the professional community and the civil society had been considered in the preparation of the law. “Corruption is a broader concept than crime. In our opinion, it is not an administrative violation, such as the conflict of interest. It is not a separate crime either, as crimes are only established by the Criminal Code. For us, it is a social phenomenon,” he said.
In response, MP Krum Zarkov from BSP called on the officials to name a case that can be identified as corruption by citizens but is not defined as crime in the Criminal Code. He said that 99% of the provisions already exist and the units that are being merged are not new either.
According to President Radev, the anti-corruption law is not an adequate legal basis for tackling corruption and will even be an obstacle in the fight against corruption.
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