Curruption - Report BTA - 2000/12/4
Bulgarians Find Customs Officials, Tax Officials, Judges, Police Corrupt, Says Report of Coalition 2000 The Bulgarians consider corrupted the customs officers, tax officials, judges and police, says the annual report of the Coalition 2000 presented at the Third Public and Political Forum to Counteract Corruption on Friday. For the first time this year, people say that corruption concentrates in both the legislative and the executive power represented by MPs and ministers, the report points out. Union of Democratic Forces floor leader Ekaterina Mihailova said at the opening of the forum that the cabinet has made serious effort to limit the licensing regulations and streamline the issuing of permits. According to the Coalition 2000 report, the public criticism in Bulgaria has shifted from street level corruption to corruption in the higher corridors of power. Resistance against acts of corruption of the state and municipal administration has grown. However, the social environment breeding corruption has not changed much, Coalition 2000 experts say. The three main factors fostering corruption are the striving for quick enrichment on the part of people who have power, the low wages and imperfect legislation. Completion of privatization will reduce corruption, sociologist Boyan Velev says. The authors of the report claim that reconsidering the "dubious" deals will lead to new privatization redistribution of power and creation of new opportunities for corruption. Reducing the number of licensing regulations, the privatization of 75% of the state assets and completion of privatization by the end of 2001 will considerably cut corruption in Bulgaria, Dimiter Buchvarov of the Economic Policy Department in the cabinet said.

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