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Evaluation of the Bulgarian judicial system reform for the period 2010-2017 according to the European Commission monitoring reports

Enchev, Krasimir (2018) Evaluation of the Bulgarian judicial system reform for the period 2010-2017 according to the European Commission monitoring reports.

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Abstract:Bulgaria joined the European Union (EU) in 2007. Being one of the post-communistic Eastern European countries, Bulgaria has been passing through a transition period, aiming to achieve implementation of market economy and governance, based on democratic principles as the rule of law and separation of powers. During the last 29 years, Bulgaria has executed a number of governmental reforms. Although the state has been a member of the EU for 11 years, Bulgaria (altogether with Romania) is still subject to the EU monitoring “Cooperation and Verification mechanism” (CVM) at the moment of writing. The mechanism is unique due to the fact that the EU Commission (EC) had never executed monitoring on member states’ internal affairs before 2007. The CVM aim is providing an intensive monitoring of the two judicial systems’ reforms, in order to improve their implementation and guarantee the control over corruption and organized crime. The success in conducting the judicial reform might predetermine to a great extent whether the two member states’ future is related to the Eurozone and Schengen. This paragraph provides an answer to the main research question what is the relationship between the transparency and consistency of the CVM monitoring and the reform implementation in the Bulgarian judicial system for the period 2010-2017? The overall attainment of the CVM goals for the period reveals controversial success: ‘yes’ – 3%, ‘yes, partially’ – 26.8%, ‘no’ – 57.8% and ‘not available’ – 13.3%. These results (crosschecked by a second researcher) provoke concerns for the level of reform implementation, emphasized numerous times in the CVM reports. At the same time, the current master research has recognized a number of patterns which support the claim that the CVM monitoring over the Bulgarian judicial system shall be considered transparent and consistent for the period 2010-2017. Moreover, this study has gathered evidence that more specific and quantitative CVM goals contribute to more efficient Bulgarian judicial reform implementation within the time frame 2014-2017. The positive influence of more clearly stated measurable goals on the implementation process is not surprising for the public administration scientific literature. The study’s contribution to the academia comes from the finding that the consistency of monitoring is also crucial for reform implementation under a longitudinal monitoring process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74548
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