Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said reforms in Bulgaria were needed in the felds of electronic government, healthcare, education and most of all the judiciary.
'EU surveys show that "96 per cent of Bulgarians do not trust completely their judiciary", she noted. ''Seeing this, I asked myself who are the other 4 per cent? They must be judges."
The European Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva has warned that Bulgaria should not wait to implement critical reforms in order to take advantage of the economic and social opportunities that EU funding provides. She also noted the importance of the reforms in the light of Europe slowly coming out of the economic crisis.
The European Commission has notified Bulgaria that payments under operational program Regional Development 2007-2013 can now restart.
The payments were temporarily suspended so as to guarantee the efficiency of control systems.
Bulgarian authorities have received an official letter about the move, according to the EC press office.
The EC approved on Thursday the Operational Programme Good Governance, which foresees the allocation of EUR 336 M for improving the public administration and transparency of the judiciary in Bulgaria.
The majority of the funds (EUR 286 M) will be provided by the EU budget through the European Social Fund (ESF) for the 2014-2020 programme period.
Apart from transporting and distributing gas, Bulgaria could become an exporter of energy resources, the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said after meeting EU officials on Monday.
Borisov held talks in Brussels with EU Commissioner Corina Cre?u, who is in charge of regional development, and the Commission' Vice President for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is due to meet EU Commission Vice President Maro? ?ef?ovi? on Monday, the government's press office has said.
The abandoned South Stream gas project, Bulgaria's alternatives to guarantee energy security, and its effort to put forward a gas hub project as a substitute to the scrapped pipeline are to top the two politicians' agenda.