European prosecutors said they’ve been looking into some 120 cases of mishandling of EU funds in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in the back seat of a police car. © AP / Dimitar Kyosemarliev
Former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov was detained by the country’s police on Thursday as part of an EU probe into the mishandling of EU funds by his government.
His home was searched by officers, according to his lawyer. Several other former top officials, including ex-finance minister Vladislav Goranov, were also reportedly arrested.
The Bulgarian Interior Ministry said in a statement that it was carrying out “a large-scale law enforcement operation… in connection with 120 cases of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.”
European Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, who was on a two-day visit to Sofia earlier this week, announced that her agency was investigating numerous instances of possible mishandling of EU aid by Bulgaria’s former cabinet in such areas as public procurement, agriculture, construction and recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Now is the time for the relevant Bulgarian authorities to team up with us, including on particularly sensitive cases,” she urged.