Deputy Minister of Justice Evgeni Stoyanov outlined the main principles and the expected effect of the implementation of the new Combating Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture Act for Students from the Law Faculty of the University of National and World Economy (UNWE).
Prof. Dimitar Radev and the Dean of the Faculty Law of UNWE Assoc. Prof. Zhivko Draganov also attended the debate on the new anti-corruption law yesterday.
“There is a guiding principle to follow the money, the property, not the persons committed a crime. The Act focuses on declaring certain facts and circumstances by senior public officials. The declared facts and circumstances become public. And if there is a discrepancy between the declared and the actual situation, there will be proceedings, which may lead to the confiscation of property”.Evgeni Stoyanov – Deputy Minister of Justice
In his words, one of the main goals is the prevention of corruption practices.
On a question by a student, Stoyanov said that the new body would not have investigative functions, as this is in the field of criminal law and is carried out by the bodies, which under the Constitution are authorized to disclose and investigate crimes.
Students have put a number of specific questions about the functions of the different units, the bodies that are closed down by the new Act, and the procedure for choosing the head of the independent Commission as a specialized permanent state authority.
“The election of a head by the National Assembly, which is already running, is detailed in the law. The procedure is extremely transparent. Questions to candidates can be asked by a wide range of organizations, expressly stipulated that representatives of higher education institutions may ask questions”.Evgeni Stoyanov – Deputy Minister of Justice
During the discussion, the issue of the need for the latest amendments to the Criminal Code, which shall unify the so-called Corruption offenses in the public and private sectors. The bill, which was adopted by the government, is pending to be discussed by the National Assembly.
“Private sector officials are currently being pursued for negligent mismanagement. Why not prosecute the intentional crimes of private sector officials that have led to significant damaging consequences? — Deputy Minister Stoyanov answered with a question to an asking if the new texts would affect the principles of free enterprise.
He also pointed out that the current changes to the Criminal Code are also a consequence of a recommendation in a European Commission report to be prepared a Roadmap and implement the recommendation of the Structural Reform Support Service for application of Corruption Offenses for Private Sector Officials in the same way, as for public officials and government institutions.