The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will call on the European Commission to step up monitoring and scrutiny of EU funds to Bulgaria, including the Facility for Reconstruction and Resilience.
This should happen at the next meeting of the committee on Thursday (November 18). MEPs will discuss the report after a committee delegation to Bulgaria at the end of September.
Elena Yoncheva (S&D, Bulgaria), member of the committee and member of the monitoring group that was in Bulgaria, said in an interview with the EURACTIV.bg segabg media partner that she hopes a large majority will adopt the report.
“Our main conclusions are two. Firstly, we should ask the European Commission to step up the monitoring and scrutiny of EU funds for Bulgaria. This is an extremely important monitoring mechanism. The idea is not to punish us Bulgarian citizens, not to cut funds, but to have a preventive mechanism that makes the government respect the rule of law and limit corruption as much as possible, ”she said.
The MEPs’ second conclusion is that additional questions should be put to the Bulgarian authorities, including Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev. They will look for answers about what other work has been done against high-level corruption.
Yoncheva said that during their visit to Sofia, MPs asked the prosecutor general about the state of investigation into various matters relating to former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, including the investigation into the famous photo from his bedroom showing the wad of banknotes and gold bars.
In September MPs were not satisfied with Geshev’s answers.
Yoncheva also said the committee’s conclusions would feed into the following report on the rule of law in Bulgaria.
When asked whether she had contacted the European Attorney General Laura Codruta Kovesi about the misuse of EU funds for the construction of highways in Bulgaria and whether arrests could be expected at the highest government level, Yoncheva said: “Yes, we should expect that. There are other very big corruption scandals not only on the highways. “
“It takes time here in Brussels, but I think there will be results,” she said.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)