Millions of euros worth of aid to Bulgaria has been blocked according to a damning European report on corruption in the country, leaked to the media.
Two government agencies will apparently be stopped from handling EU funds.
The Bulgarian opposition has capitalised on the criticism to attack the government, insisting the president’s election campaign was also corrupt.
“I do not accept the attacks against the president which Bulgarian political parties have made,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergei Stanishev. “The Bulgarian head of state has proved his correctness, by his behaviour, and the transparency of his campaign.”
The report by the European Anti-Fraud Office apparently alleges the misuse of 32 million euros worth of EU funds, and a political cover up of those involved.
The opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in the government next Thursday. The Bulgarian prime minister accused the media of stoking public hysteria, and insisted all countries have “issues” managing EU funds.