“What we see at the moment is an inevitable and not very pretty institutional war, which however will have a long-lasting remedial effect. And it is currently at its most public phase. We are seeing things we have never witnessed before in Bulgaria’s political and institutional history — the Prosecutor’s Office is performing content analysis of political statements and assessments of its work, which it finds unacceptable.
The reason for the Prosecutor’s Office’s rising irritability is the direct naming of prosecutors working on cases of high public interest. This certainly fueled up the sparked conflict. The Prosecutor’s Office claims that this amounts to an interference with its work, but I do not believe that prosecutors handling cases of high importance should be anonymous.
The Government is trying to compensate for the dysfunctional anti-corruption institutions by reopening closed corruption cases, but this is not always done properly. The aim is to disrupt the comfort of the Prosecutor’s Office; however, it is not possible to fully replace the country’s main anti-corruption body without violating the Constitution.
Nevertheless, the Government is not employing all of its resources. There are two anti-corruption bodies that are nowhere to be seen: the SANS and the NRA.
I am carefully monitoring whether some kind of agreement or understanding will emerge between the old status quo and the new anti-status quo majority. The new coalition format seemingly makes it very difficult for such an understanding to be reached — the current political composition does not allow any party to sit down and negotiate. I think that the temperature will continue rising.”