Sofia. Picture: Център за изследване на демокрацията
Significant progress has been made in the fight against corruption in some criminal markets, especially in the case of illicit cigarettes and tobacco products. Progress has also been made in dealing with migration flows, and many of the mechanisms involved in corruption in some of the law enforcement services, especially Border Police, have been eliminated, Tihomir Bezlov, Senior Analyst at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, told Focus Radio
, commenting on the EU recommendations on the fight against corruption. He said that was provable as one can observe what happens with refugees caught crossing the Bulgarian border. "There is political motivation and an effective tool to assess the actions of the various police and customs services. The external criterion for the measurement of cigarette products made by large cigarette companies proved to be very effective. Each district police department knew what was going on, they knew there would be further assessments that could bring career problems. Many people were let go as a result of their ineffective work," he explained.
Tihomir Bezlov also commented on the machine vote as an opportunity to fight electoral corruption. In his words, it has its successes and failures in different countries. Efforts regarding machine vote are in many ways meaningless, and that is not the tool to tackle the problem of abuse, he said. The biggest problem of the Bulgarian political parties is their inability to co-operate, Bezlov concluded.
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