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Bulgaria sets up units to fight crime, corruption.

SOFIA Bulgaria, acting on EU recommendations, is setting up joint teams to fight organised crime and corruption, its interior ministry, prosecution service and national security agency said on Monday. "Setting up the special investigation teams is a commitment by the Bulgarian government, taken in response to the critical remarks in the European Commission's latest monitoring report," Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said after signing an agreement to create the specialised units. In a report in July, the European Union praised Bulgaria for creating a special joint unit to combat the misuse of EU development funds, and recommended that similar teams be created to target organised crime. The new units will be fully operational by October 1, Tsvetanov said. "We will investigate every official suspected of committing a crime, regardless of whether he is a member of the previous government or this one," he added. Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev said: "The teams will concentrate on a limited number of important cases and we will put our best people there."

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Date:Sep 9, 2009
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