“The program of the Bulgarian Presidency is intense, the challenges are substantial, but me and my team are convinced that together we will find concrete solutions to the complex issues. We will seek the agreement needed in the common interest to strengthen the European area of freedom, security and justice.”.Tsetska Tsacheva – Minister of Justice
This was announced today by the Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva during a hearing in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in the European Parliament. She presented to the MEPs the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in the Justice sector. The hearing is a standard procedure at the beginning of each presidency, with the first ministers, who stood before the MEPs, being Minister Tsacheva and the Minister of Interior Valentin Radev.
In her statement, the Minister of Justice stressed that Bulgaria stands at the head of the Council at a time when Europe and European citizens need more stability, security and solidarity.
“Expectations to the Council are high and we are aware of our responsibility. We will work together with you to find common solutions in the field of justice and fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens. Our aim is to achieve concrete results for the promotion of a strong and united Europe through agreement, competitiveness and cohesion. Because our prosperity and economic development are based on our foundation – respect of fundamental rights and freedoms and the principle of the rule of law”.Tsetska Tsacheva – Minister of Justice
Before the MEPs, she made a close look at the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in the field of justice related to the work of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, namely: creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office; negotiations on the draft EUROJUST Regulation; development of e-Justice; Electronic Privacy Regulation; Directive on countering money laundering by criminal law; Regulation for mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders, etc.
Minister Tsacheva added that Bulgaria is ready to also cooperate with the European Parliament on other initiatives that are of interest to European citizens in the field of combating crime and domestic violence.
On a question of the MEPs about the disagreements in Bulgaria regarding the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, Minister Tsacheva said that the ratification of the document will come after a debate in the Bulgarian Parliament and expressed the hope that this will happen soon.
Asked about the forthcoming institutionalization of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Minister Tsacheva stressed that Bulgaria, as one of the initiators for its creation, will work together with the EC as a priority for the structuring and functioning of this new European service and for building its relations with partner institutions and services. “We are planning to discuss this topic at the Informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Sofia at the end of this month. In addition, the issues related to the institutionalization of the Office will be discussed in detail at a two-day conference in March 2018 in Sofia” – the Justice Minister noted.
Regarding the EUROJUST Regulation, Minister Tsacheva said that our country will work intensively on finalizing the trialogue on the draft regulation.