Venice commission demands a substantial reform of the Prosecutor’s Office

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The Prosecutor’s Office took heavy blows on three separate occasions this week from different European institutions. For its twelve years as EU member, the Bulgarian prosecution has received the most criticism by far from the EU. It is also the champion structure in terms of consistently ignoring all recommendations for reform. The heart of this resistance lies with the Prosecutor’s Office and the position of Prosecutor General. Both bare the fundamental traits of their predecessors: the all-powerful prosecution from communist times.   In fact, Bulgaria’s justice system was far from ready to be part of the EU. It needed much reform, most of all in the prosecution, which - naturally had the most incentive to keep its powers intact. The compromise was the so-called cooperation and Verification Mechanism, which would monitor the justice system, oversee and guide the process of reforms. In its over-decade long work regarding Bulgaria, the CVM has failed. The most repeated and key recommendation in all reports to date has been the same. Solve the problem of the unaccountability and almost above-the-law status of the Prosecutor General. To no avail. Bulgaria will have a new Prosecutor General form January. His candidacy sparked protests from its announcement in


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