CORRUPTION REMAINS HIGH IN BULGARIA ALL - 2004/2/19
According to Coalition 2000's annual "Corruption Assessment Report" released on 16 February (http://www.anticorruption.bg), respondents of a poll carried out by
Vitosha Research say customs officers, police officers, and judges are the most corrupt professions in Bulgaria.
Prosecutors, lawyers, ministers, and tax officers were also among those professions listed. According to the report, judges, prosecutors, and lawyers accuse each other of being the biggest bribe takers within the judiciary. Some 35-40 percent of all public procurements are tainted by graft, according to the poll. Vitosha Research director Aleksandar Stoyanov warned that corruption could increase as more EU funds become available to Bulgaria.