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Financing of Organised Crime

The financing of organised crime is a horizontal issue for all criminal markets, although it rarely falls in the focus of law enforcement agencies. Accessing capital is an important constraint for criminals when they seek to become big players in illicit markets for goods and services. Enhancing the knowledge of the financing of organised crime is an indispensable component of more effective and smarter approaches to prevention and investigation. more »

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In 2015 CSD continues to focus on unfinished domestic reforms and international challenges to the country. more »

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Dynamics of conventional crime in Bulgaria 2014 – 2015
Crime rates in 2014 decreased compared to the record high levels of 2012. Nevertheless, the conventional crime rate remained one of the highest since 2004. Over the past year, more victims reported crimes - a sign of relative increase of confidence in the police. At the same time, there is a continuing discrepancy between data of the victimisation surveys and official police statistics. more »

 
National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM)
The Center for the Study of Democracy, Partners-Bulgaria Foundation and Human Rights Academy, Norway launched a National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM) funded under Program BG 12 “Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” in accordance with the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. more »

 
Making Bulgaria’s Anticorruption Policy Work: Sharing Experiences from European Success Stories
The challenge of corruption stands high on the political agenda, both in Bulgaria and on EU level. Experience shows that successful action against corruption is not preceded by improvement of economic conditions, on the contrary – designing and implementing effective anticorruption policies is the precondition for economic growth. more »

 
Countering radicalisation in Southeast and Central Europe through Development of (Counter-) Radicalisation Monitoring Tool
On 29th and 30th of June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted the first workshop along the international initiative for development of a tool for monitoring of radicalisation trends in South East and Central Europe. more »

 
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Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2014-2015

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In its annual report, the Center for the Study of Democracy indicated a record-high level of corruption, with 29.3 percent of the adult population (1.9 million citizens) reporting experiencing corruption when dealing with the government. This figure stood in sharp contrast with the results reported by enforcement authorities.

US Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 - Bulgaria, 25 June 2015 

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“Anti-corruption policies should simultaneously reduce opportunities for corruption (lack of transparency, concentration of power, bureaucracy), and strengthen control factors (independent judiciary and media, active civil society, etc.).”  

Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Director, European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin during the round table Making Bulgaria’s Anticorruption Policy Work: Sharing Experiences from European Success Stories, 28 July 2015

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