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Bulgaria’s Anti-Graft Bill Failed to Win Parliamentary Approval

Aarti Maharaj | September 9, 2015

Bulgaria’s parliament seems to be lagging behind other countries with anticorruption efforts. According to the EU Observer, the country’s parliament failed to approve a critical piece of legislation that will help Bulgaria fight high-level corruption.

Some members of Bulgaria’s parliament opposed the draft law, which would allow anonymous reporting of corruption. The country’s current legislation does not cover this area of whistleblowing.

Over the part few years, Bulgaria has been the center of attention for organized crime and high-level corruption. In 2014, Bulgaria was ranked as one of the most corrupt EU states and western European countries, according to Transparency International’s annual corruption perceptions index. Bulgaria ranked 69th among 175 countries across the globe with a score of 43.

The anti-graft bill was...

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