The Monitoring Committee recognises the substantial progress
made by Bulgaria since the adoption of the last post-monitoring
dialogue report in 2013. Bulgaria has introduced legislation concerning
the judiciary and the fight against corruption which, with several
exceptions, fully complies with Council of Europe standards. It
has also addressed a number of outstanding concerns formulated by
the Parliamentary Assembly and other Council of Europe monitoring
However, the question of the sustainability and irreversibility
of the reforms, as well as efficiency of measures aimed at combating
high-level corruption, remain dependent upon proper implementation
of the legislation.
The Monitoring Committee proposes to continue a post-monitoring
dialogue with Bulgaria and to assess, in June 2020, the progress
made in the following areas: the judiciary, combating high-level
corruption, the media, human rights of minorities, combating hate
speech and violence against women.