Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

Today, on International Anti-Corruption Day, we honor individuals and organizations that are working to fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law.

The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the initiative by the Anti-Corruption Fund and the America for Bulgaria Foundation to recognize several Bulgarian journalists who have made significant progress in this regard.

Dedicated and courageous journalists, like the ones honored today, are absolutely critical for holding governments accountable.   This is as true in the United States as it is in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria has amazing potential.  It has a talented workforce and a rich cultural heritage.

Corruption, however, is harming economic growth, worsening an unpredictable legal system, and smothering media independence.

Bulgaria can unleash its potential and drive growth and innovation through a concerted effort to tackle corruption.

We salute the individuals and organizations that fight corruption every day to build a better future for Bulgaria.