On June 5 and 6, an IACA delegation led by Martin Kreutner, Chair of the International Transition Team and Executive Secretary to the Provisional Commission, was received by Bulgaria’s newly elected Vice President, Ms. Magarita Popova. The Vice President emphasized the importance of IACA as an educational institution and reaffirmed her country’s full support for it.
In the course of the two-day visit, the IACA delegation also came together with the Minister of Justice, Ms. Diana Kovacheva, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Mr. Vesselin Vuchkov and the Prosecutor General, Mr. Boris Veltchev. The establishment of preventive mechanisms as a key element in the fight against corruption and possibilities for tailor-made trainings for Bulgarian judges and prosecutors were among the main topics.
The IACA delegation also met with the Bulgarian Director of the National Institute of Justice, Mr. Dragomir Jordanov to discuss opportunities for future cooperation between the two institutions. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior as well as the Ambassador of The Netherlands were among the audience when Mr. Kreutner gave a speech at the Institute on the enormous impact that corruption has on the social welfare system and the global economy.
Bulgaria was among the first countries to sign the Agreement for the Establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an International Organization and became a party to it last year.