Bulgaria’s government on Wednesday approved the formation of a special unit to investigate high-level corruption, seeking to convince the European Union it is serious about tackling graft.
Brussels has repeatedly criticized the Balkan country for failing to jail corrupt officials or overhaul its inefficient judiciary. Bulgaria and neighboring Romania hope progress in these areas will lead to them being allowed to join the EU’s Schengen zone, in which passport-free travel is permitted.
Corruption has undermined Bulgarians’ trust in public institutions and has long deterred foreign investment.
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