The National Council on Anti-Corruption Policies has decided to develop a section on its website that would provide summary information on the fight against corruption. Three institutions now aggregate information regarding their respective activities in this field, but this information is not available in one place.
Until now, the Prosecution and the Supreme Court of Cassation have published on their respective websites summary data on pre-trial proceedings and allegations of high-level corruption, as well as on the course of lawsuits related to corruption offenses. The Ministry of Justice will provide data on the implementation of the verdicts. This will ensure a one-stop-shop on progress in corruption cases. Each institution will submit data to the website, while respecting the presumption of innocence, investigative secrecy, and personal data protection.
The meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, was attended by the Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva, Deputy Prosecutor Maria Shishkova, Plamen Georgiev, Chairman of the Committee for Combatting Corruption and the Withdrawal of Illegally Acquired Property, which was recently merged with the Center for Prevention of Corruption, as well as deputy ministers, an inspector from the Inspectorate with the Supreme Judicial Council, the Head of the Chief Inspectorate at the Council of Ministers, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The Council adopted the progress report on the implementation of the measures from the Roadmap adopted by the National Council on Anti-Corruption Policies at a meeting from 20 July 2017.
The implementation report on the National Strategy for Prevention and Counteraction of Crime 2020 for the period from 2015 to the present moment was also adopted at the meeting. Guidelines were approved for all ministries and their subordinate bodies to be followed in the development and reporting on the implementation of their anti-corruption plans. The guidelines introduce uniform standards applicable to all. They are based on an analysis of the anti-corruption plans of all ministries, taking into account both their strengths and weaknesses.
The Council also discussed the importance of conducting a public and transparent procedure for the election of Chairman of the Committee for Combatting Corruption and the Withdrawal of Illegally Acquired Property.
Minutes of the Council meeting and materials on the decisions adopted will be published on its website.