Report on progress in Bulgaria under the cooperation and verification mechanism

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Series Details COM (2017) 750
Publication Date 15/11/2017
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On 15 November 2017 the European Commission presented a report on steps taken by Bulgaria to meet its commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

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This report presents the progress made in following up the recommendations set out in the January 2017 CVM report. It is the result of an assessment which included close cooperation between the European Commission and Bulgarian institutions, as well as the input of civil society and other stakeholders, including other Member States.

The Commission remains of the opinion that, with a continued political steer and a determination to advance the reform, Bulgaria should be able to fulfil the remaining outstanding CVM recommendations in the near future. The analysis underlines the importance of addressing the remaining challenges in a spirit of good cooperation between institutions.


The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) was set up on the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union in 2007 to address shortcomings in judicial reform and the fight against corruption and organised crime. Since then, CVM reports have sought to help focus the efforts of the Bulgarian authorities through specific recommendations and have charted the progress made. As underlined by the Council of the European Union, the CVM ends when all six benchmarks applying to Bulgaria are satisfactorily met.

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EurActiv, 15/11/2017: Bulgaria, Romania have made progress but still more needed – EU report
The Sofia Globe, 15/11/2017: CVM report spares Bulgaria’s blushes ahead of upcoming EU presidency

EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)700: Bulgaria: Technical report
European Commission: Assistance to Bulgaria and Romania under the CVM: The reports on progress in Bulgaria and Romania
European Commission: Press Release, 15/11/2017: Commission reports on progress in Bulgaria under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism
European Commission: Memo, 15/11/2017: Cooperation and Verification Mechanism reports on Bulgaria and Romania [Q&A]

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