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Progress reports for Bulgaria and Romania

The Commission has published its reports under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism on progress with judicial reform, the fight against corruption and, concerning Bulgaria, the fight against organized crime.

The report about Romania notes that the country has not been able to keep the momentum of reform it had established by mid-2009.

The report about Bulgaria says that the judiciary continued to produce only few results in cases involving high-level corruption and organised crime and a further street killing occurred in January 2010.

No progress has been reported with procedures to adopt the new draft Statutory Instruments Act which should introduce clear rules for transparency and public debate and codify the different stages of the legislative process.

Organised crime cases in court have generally shown little development since mid-2009 and no convictions have been reported in this period.

Progress Report on Structural Actions

The European Commission has presented a progress report on the implementation of its action plan to strengthen the shared management of the EU structural and cohesion funds.

The report summarizes common errors in the management of EU funds on national level:

  • contracts awarded without following the correct tender procedure;
  • inadequate documentation to support expenditure (lack of audit trail);
  • inaccurate calculation of overheads;
  • application of incorrect co-financing rate;
  • overestimated payment claims.