US WARNS BULGARIA TO CLEAN UP THE ‘PASSPORT-FOR-CASH’ MESS

On 2 June, EurActiv reported that the US State Department has warned Bulgaria that if the country wants its citizens to benefit from visa-free travel to the US, it should clean up the “mess” which has gained notoriety as the “passports for cash” scheme.  It is said that in 2018, a corruption scheme was revealed which allowed anyone ready to pay the bribe of €5,000 to obtain a genuine Bulgarian passport and with the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad being involved. 

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/us-warns-bulgaria-to-clean-up-the-passport-for-cash-mess/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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