"First, I returned the proposal that Ivan Geshev must be the next Prosecutor General to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) because the way this procedure is conducted should impose the feeling of trust, not doubts. And the second voting on his candidature didn’t change the situation. But I cannot follow the appeals that I should violate the Constitution as rule of law is the fundament of democracy. Bulgaria will prosper only when we respect our and abide the laws”, said the president Rumen Radev. “I signed the decree for appointing Ivan Geshev as a Prosecutor General and I invited him on a meeting. The Bulgarian citizens expect that the problems concerning the corruption, offshore companies, “Apartment gate”, politicians’ properties abroad, and the CCB affair will find their solutions. Finding who is guilty and punishing him, will be the real test for whoever becomes the new Prosecutor General. But not some of the guilty ones – all of them”, insisted the president.
"In the Bulgarian Constitution there are no rules that the Prosecutor General should render accounts of his work after he is chosen. This is why the Bulgarians are so sensitive when it comes to his election. This time the question concerns the Prosecutor’s office and its place in the judiciary, as well as its structure, functions and relations to other institutions. This topic hasn’t been discussed for the last 30 years but it’s quite significant in present days”, continued Radev.
"This is why I will initiate a wide public debate on amendments to the Constitution which will involve academics, political parties in the Parliament, institutions, associations and citizens’ organizations. The more effective the reforms in the judiciary are, the bigger the feeling of more justice, less corruption and more prosperity in the society. Bulgaria will become a common European country only after the society understands how powerful and responsible it is”, said the president at the end.