The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor quotes the work of the ACF in its annual human rights report released today.
The report notes the ACF’s monitoring of 63 key corruption investigations against high-profile public figures, including former ministers, deputy ministers, members of the National Assembly, magistrates, mayors and regional governors.
The report also cites the ACF’s conclusion that there has not been a single conviction for high-level corruption in the last five years – a clear sign that the problems in the work of Bulgaria’s anti-corruption institutions are deepening.
The report also states that “Bulgarian law provides criminal sanctions for corruption of officials, but the institutions do not effectively enforce them. In all branches of the public administration, there is evidence of officials involved in corrupt practices who have not been sanctioned. In 2021, there were numerous reports of corruption in high levels of government.”