Tue, May 21 2013
Photo: Nadezhda Chipeva
Bill setting up tax police should be tabled in Parliament in June, Simeon Dyankov says, reviving an idea dating back a decade.
Trends in organised crime in Bulgaria include some groups shifting from illegal drug trafficking to trading in contraband cigarettes.
Annual report praises achievements but calls for strengthened anti-corruption laws, further reforms of the police and judiciary and continued reforms to the Customs Agency.
In Sofia, US state department assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs William Brownfield met the Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Justice Minister and visited the new special court for organised crime cases.
Operation Scrap carried out in Sofia, Varna, Pernik, Yambol and Pazardzhik against group that allegedly used a network of fictitious firms, some registered in the UK and the US, to evade tax.
The two sites were among the top five Bulgarian sites for downloading films and music. Computer equipment, as well as hardware, seized.
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.