Gir: Bringing in the Bulgarians does not change the essence of the Constitution

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EU Ambassador, David Gere, says that all countries that want to join the EU should apply human rights standards. Those are the expectations, he emphasizes, and the Council of Europe monitors how it goes in a candidate country.

In an interview for Thelma TV, Gir adds that despite the fact that there are many different opinions in the public about the opening of the Constitution in order to make the necessary changes, i.e. to bring the Bulgarians into it, in fact everyone should think about what that change would mean in practice .

- Changing the Constitution is first of all a sovereign decision that should be taken by this country. Of course you are right, we hear many different voices and it is for the public to see. I think it's important to step back for a moment and ask what this constitutional amendment actually is or what it means in practice. In reality, it means to include in the Constitution, a reference to the individuals, citizens of the state, who identify themselves as Bulgarians. That's the bottom line. There is no change in the essential nature of the Constitution. It does not touch the country's identity or its core interests. This country already has a good record of inter-ethnic relations. These changes are changes that can be implemented, that need to be analyzed in an objective way, we need to step back a little and see them. Let's make a comparison, for example, with some other countries. For example, Croatia, which includes more than 20 communities in its Constitution, including Bulgarians, Albanians and Macedonians. It did not change the essential nature of the Constitution or have consequences for the interests of the state. I think it is most important to conduct a debate, which will take into account what exactly it is about. And let's try to move aside from some higher rhetoric that doesn't help us see what it's about, says Geer.

He adds that they are ready to talk to everyone to explain how the EU sees it, but at the end of the day, the decision should be made by the country.

In the interview, the European ambassador also talks about corruption, which he believes is the biggest challenge that the country must solve, because it all affects the rights of citizens, access to education, health, employment, promotion.

- Now, globally, there have been some positive steps in this area, certain laws have been adopted, some institutions are already working efficiently, such as the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, as some of the audit authorities that perform important work. But as you know, legislation is not enough, it should be implemented, and if it is not implemented, it must be enforced. As for the judiciary, yes, there are some individuals, there are some parts of the judiciary and the prosecution, who are doing the work they are supposed to do, but the public's opinion of the judiciary is really very low. That's why the judiciary and the prosecutor's office should demonstrate to the public, they should show them through actions, that they can trust that these institutions will carry out justice, says European Ambassador Gir.

He emphasizes that the Government must play the leading role, but also other institutions as well as the media.

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