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WHITE COMMISSION TO UNRAVEL FORMER PM KOSTOV'S INHERITANCE

After four-month inquiries the White Book on the State's situation at the moment when the majority of the National Movement Simeon II and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms took over the country's ruling was presented at the Council of Ministers on December 5. The Minister of Justice Anton Stankov presented the Government's declaration on that occasion. The Minister of Internal Affairs Georgi Petkanov was there, too. The Finance Minister Milen Velchev was abroad.Due to the seriousness of the established facts the Government decided to set up a White Commission, the Cabinet's declaration says. It will include representatives of the Interior Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Justice, and its activities will be coordinated by Mr. Stankov. The anonymity of the government officials, who will take part in the commission's work, will be guaranteed in order to protect the confidentiality of their operation, the declaration pointed out.The commission will accept written information, securing anonymity, and will decide who will be invited to be listened to. The authority to be set up by an order of Premier Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha will collect information about the cases mentioned in the White Book and submit it to the Prosecutor's Office. The Interior Ministry will ensure the necessary protection to witnesses if this is demanded by the Prosecutors' Office and the courts.The White Book will be constantly supplemented by new cases, Tsvetelina Ouzounova, Head of the Council of Ministers' Information and PR Department, specified. Information is expected from the Ministry of Culture, the Minsitry of Regional Development and Public Works, and the Minsitry of Agriculture and Forests, where the inspections have not been completed yet. The White Book was handed over to the National Assembly Chairman Ognyan Gerdjikov and to the Prosecutor General Nikola Filchev. It depends on them what consequences could be expected in the future as a debate in Parliament for example, Ms. Ouzounova said.

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