| Bulgaria unveiled 'high level' corruption court (Photo: pakistanpoint.com)
The decision to set up the special court has provoked criticism, both from the union representing Bulgarian judges and from non-governmental organizations. They have pointed to what they say is a danger its special status could mean its verdicts end up being politically motivated. They also argue that the new court does not address the real problem, which is an absence of effective corruption investigations and properly supported charges.
Bulgaria has been a member of the EU since 2007, but like Romania is under increased surveillance because of its record of corruption.