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While few doubt the need for tougher laws, the bill’s critics have argued that its shortcomings would have derailed an efficient fight against graft.3 January 2018
Radev’s main complaint was that the draft law didn’t go nearly far enough to do battle with wrongdoing in a country that international organizations such as Transparency International consistently rank as the most corrupt in the EU.
A statement issued by the presidential office, and cited by The Sofia Globe, mentioned corruption’s “multi-faceted dimensions,” and argued that the provisions of the draft law would not be sufficient to fight these. “These measures, albeit necessary, are insufficient to effectively counteract corruption, as society expects …” the statement read.
Other counterarguments against the bill had to do with a provision for the creation of an anti-corruption body. This initiative was foredoomed, the presidential statement read, given the existence already of several other bodies meant to determine conflicts of interest, and the lack of “convincing guarantees for the independence, impartiality, and responsibility” of the members of the new body, who would be appointed by lawmakers.
Kornelia Ninova, chairman of the main opposition Socialist Party, backed Radev, and said that his veto was a “golden chance” for parliament to produce efficient anti-graft legislation, Reuters writes. The parliament could still overturn Radev’s veto, however.
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