Ekaterina Zaharieva: There is no EC report, someone copy-pasted last year's document

Ekaterina Zaharieva

“What we are working towards is a common mechanism for all countries that has nothing to do with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. Obviously someone copy-pasted part of a report from last year. The person who prepared the text made a mistake,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva said in a bTV appearance regarding what turned out to be a machination - namely, the news that according to a European Commission report the monitoring mechanism for Bulgaria will not be lifted after all.

“The Commission took a stance last year and the conclusion was clear - Bulgaria has implemented all recommendations. The document published recently is an annual report on the country's fiscal and economic policies. There was a passage there that caused some discussions, especially among the opposition,” Zaharieva explained.

She was adamant that there is no shift in the EC position and there will be no more reports under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. “What we are working towards is a common mechanism for all countries, which has nothing to do with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism,” Zaharieva stressed. She also pointed to a statement made by Valdis Dombrovskis, EU Commissioner for An Economy that Works for People, who repeatedly noted that the European Semester report with recommendations for Bulgaria has nothing to do with the reports that were part of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism.

“Obviously someone copy-pasted part of a report from last year. The person who prepared the text. There are a lot of directorates there. We are staying in contact with them. Even experts were surprised. There is no (CVM) report. And there will not be one. All EU countries are working on a judicial reform mechanism. That has nothing to do with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. It is not true that (EC President) Ursula von der Leyen is dissatisfied. Someone just copy-pasted a passage from last year,” Zaharieva underscored.

“We have repeatedly said that reforms are not done because of Brussels. Reforms are done for the sake of Bulgarian citizens. Reforms are a process. With or without this mechanism, they must continue. It has nothing to do with the (CVM) report, which is not coming no matter how some people would like otherwise,” Zaharieva commented. “Bulgaria has never been intimidated by the prospect of common criteria for all states. A common mechanism is being prepared and that one will apply to everyone, it has nothing to do with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism,” the foreign minister added.

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