Sotir Tsatsarov qualified the consultations organized by the president regarding the criteria for choosing the new prosecutor as too early. Meanwhile he accused Ninova of her appeal for immediate changes in the prosecutor’s authority.
Tsatsarov reminded the president that the process for choosing the new prosecutor can be started no earlier than 10th of July. Their discussion lasted more than 45 minutes as the etiquette says – for about an hour and 10 minutes. “Our meeting was constructive, very honest and with good manners”, said for the media Tsatsarov himself.
They both have spoken their minds. “In my opinion such discussions started too early. I do not argue the right of the president to have such meetings anyway. My term of service lasts until 10th of January 2020 which means the procedure can start no earlier than 10th of July and no later than the 10th of September”, reminded Tsatsarov. Theoretically the choice can be made around the end of October.
The prosecutor shared with the president his apprehension for any kind of influence over the nominations and his hope that the Constitution will be stood by. "We both agreed that the consultations should not turn into process where any attempt of influence over the nominations can be made", continued the prosecutor.
Sotir Tsatsarov.and Rumen Radev discussed the any changes regarding the prosecutor’s authority. They both shared the view that there should be such changes as they were recommended from the European Commission and they should bring the CVM for Bulgaria closer to an end.
The prosecutor implied that the head of the socialists’ political party Kornelia Ninova had political ideas hidden behind her attempt for less authority for the prosecutor “starting from today”. Tsatsarov was pleased with the fact that the president did not support her point of view.
"It was a coincidence that Ninova and Radev were both in Asenovgrad where she spoke for the need of reduction of his uncontrolled power – immediately". According to Tsatsaov there is no way this can happen as the procedure for changing the authority of the prosecutor lasts less than the procedure for choosing a new one. His guess is that Ninova’s intention is for a total flux in the prosecutor’s office.
"There should be no changes regarding the authority of the prosecutor until another person holds this post. Let’s not speculate with that”, was the appeal of Tsatsarov to the media.
"I am very pleased that the president and Ninova do not share the same opinion. Rumen Radev was crystal clear: any changes regarding the authority of the prosecutor should be discussed and made after he is chosen in the beginning of 2020", continued Sotir Tsatsarov. According to him in three weeks there will be a surprise coming from the justice minister – changes in the Judicial Act regarding the three most important figures in the judiciary – the prosecutor, the head of the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) and the head of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC).
The changes concern the control and investigation over the prosecutor, as well as fair judicial procedure for the heads of SCC and SAC. In Tsatsarov’s opinion, if this is the price for putting the CVM for Bulgaria to an end, so be it.