The EU has flexed its muscles in domestic affairs after a long time again. The EU Commission is withdrawing rights for two Bulgarian agencies to manage an amount of EUR500 mlj. EU funds. It means that Bulgaria will be punished for its endemic corruption and thriving environment of organized crime next week, writes EUobserver. If this punishment schema will work out it will create a precedent that should sound as a warning sound for corrupt officials in other EU countries.
Is it good news, one may ask? Yes! Siphoning EU funds for private and in most cases criminal needs is nothing particularly new. It was after Greece became the member 1982, that the ECC officials realized mismanagement of EU funds on grand scale. Greek precedent actually fostered the EU to create such filters as acquis communautaire and "white paper", that aspirant countries had to sign upon prior being accepted as members of the club.
Should follow the news now, look back into the Greek precedent back in the early 1980's and probably some new ideas come out of all this. In the meantime Latvian opposition may perhaps capitalize on the Bulgarian precedent in forthcoming weeks, to prevent the ongoing "capture of the state" by some minigarchic families in Latvia.