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Conference on Strengthening the Anti-Corruption Capacity in the Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria

Talking Points of Florian Fichtl Resident Representative The World Bank

judiciary-1 ff speechGood governance is critical for economic development of Bulgaria.  It is even more critical in times of economic downturn when scarce public resources will need to be allocated even more efficiently than before to ensure the Government budget finances key public services.  The Public Prosecution Office plays a key role in strengthening governance in the country. 

We are pleased to support the efforts of the Government and of the Public Prosecution Office in this endeavor.  Our modest support to the Office of the Prosecutor General started in March 2007 and is nearing its completion.  We hope that the Grant financing provided by the World Bank is helping the Public Prosecution to track and combat corruption more effectively. 

judiciary-2 ff speechThis workshop provides a good opportunity to identify key bottlenecks to the anti-corruption work of the Public prosecution in Bulgaria and to map out new and better ways to strengthen its effectiveness.  I am pleased to see that this discussion includes representatives of government institutions, the Supreme Judicial Council, and the civil society.  Coordination and collaboration with all stakeholders is key to strengthening governance and improving transparency and accountability. 

I know that the society has high expectations about the results of the work of the Public Prosecution Office.  As in the health sector, however, it should be noted that it is important to treat a disease well but it is equally important to prevent diseases from spreading, i.e. curative and preventive approaches are required to sustainably improve the health status.

Therefore, the fight against corruption depends critically not only on the Offices of Public Prosecution but also on the effectiveness of public administration and the existence of mechanisms that reduce the potential of corruption at all levels of government.  It is in this context that the efforts of individual ministers to strengthen their respective ministries and the overall Government administration reform efforts gain importance.

judiciary-3 ff speechSimilarly, active private sector and civil society participation is required to improve governance and fight corruption.  I also would like to emphasize that in all sectors in which the World Bank is supporting Government efforts, we pay particular attention and contribute to good governance and attempt to support the efforts of our counterparts as much as possible.

I look forward to the outcome of your deliberations and final report on lessons learned; and next steps in the anti-corruption efforts of the Public Prosecution in Bulgaria.

Thank you very much.

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