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Parliament elects Plamen Georgiev to head anti-corruption unit

Parliament elects Plamen Georgiev to head anti-corruption unit

8 March 2018 | 11:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The MPs elected Plamen Georgiev Dimitrov to chair the anti-corruption authority, FOCUS News Agency reports. Plamen Georgiev received support from 148 MPs, 66 voted against him, while 4 abstained. He was nominated by ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB). The other candidate, Nikolay Ivanov Nikolov, nominated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), was supported by 79 MPs, while 62 voted against him and 73 abstained.
As elected chairman, Plamen Georgiev will nominate his deputy and three other members to the anti-corruption commission, who should also be elected by the Parliament.
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Nikolay Nikolov: Anyone who breaks anti-corruption rules will be held responsible with the full severity of the law

Nikolay Nikolov: Anyone who breaks anti-corruption rules will be held responsible with the full severity of the law

6 March 2018 | 14:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Anyone who violates the anti-corruption rules will be held responsible in accordance with the full severity of the law, Nikolay Nikolov, nominated by BSP to lead the anti-corruption unit, told the Parliament’s committee dealing with corruption, conflict of interest and ethics, FOCUS News Agency reported. He said the unit must be independent, with a focus on prevention of corruption. “The most important aspect of the fight against corruption is a preventive public and institutional environment that blocks all channels of corruption,” he stated, adding that he sees his role as the first among equals. “I will defend my right to have an independent opinion to the last. Each detail (of the work) must be done accurately and deadlines must be respected,” Nikolay Nikolov stressed. He said that the external experts in public procurements should not be selected by the contracting authority as it is now.
BSP MP Krum Zarkov stressed on the candidate’s expertise, experience in similar institutions and integrity.
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