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Conference on counteracting corruption in the judicial and executive branches
 
Effective mechanisms for counteracting corruption in the judicial and executive branches was the topic of a conference, held on March 19, 2004 at Sheraton Hotel Balkan in Sofia. The event was jointly organized by the Anticorruption Commissions at the Council of Ministers and the Commission for Prevention and Countering of Corruption at the Supreme Judicial Council.

The conference aimed to review the achievements of the judiciary and the government in the fight against corruption, and to present new effective models, best practices and implemented anticorruption projects, that can be further applied in the executive and in the judiciary.

The two commissions came to a cooperation agreement during the conference. The document was signed by the Minister of Justice and Chair of the Anticorruption Commission at the Council of Ministers, Mr Anton Stankov and the deputy chair of the Supreme Court of Cassation and chair of the Commission for Prevention and Countering of Corruption at the Supreme Judicial Council, Mr Roumen Nenkov.

This agreement is a clear sign that the judiciary and the executive hold each other hands in the fight against corruption - declared Mr Stankov. He also added that the amount of bribes given for the last three years had decreased twice, according to the index of Coalition 2000. Mr. Jean Gibson from USAID outlined the necessity of creating a testimonial committee for magistrates, which would guarantee the democratic testimony procedures.

Dr. Maria Yordanova, Director of the Law Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy and Dr. Zhivka Damyanova, Senior Advisor at Coalition 2000 took part in the forum.

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