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

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International Seminar on the Problems of Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence
Partners-Bulgaria Foundation organises an international seminar in partnership with Human Rights Academy, Norway and the Center for the Study of Democracy. The topic of the seminar is “The problem of domestic violence and gender-based violence in the context of protection of human rights. Good practices in support of victims of violence in Norway”. more »

Enhancing CSOs Advocacy Efforts for Countering Corruption in Critical Sectors in SEE: Leveraging the EU Accession Process and State of the Art Research
On 29-30 October 2015 the SELDI and ANTICORRP initiatives organized one and half day conference in Podgorica to discuss with local and regional stakeholders the best methods for transforming the existing cutting-edge anti-corruption and good governance research into efficient policy and advocacy tools. The participants focused on the role of the civil society in evaluating the impact of current anti-corruption measures and stressed on the need of stronger collaboration with the public institutions, the media, and the general public. more »

Socio-economic Effects of Public Investments for Roma Inclusion at a Municipal Level
Structural factors such as entrenched poverty, low education rates, low labour market participation and political non-participation lead to a wide spread exclusion of the Roma from all major spheres of live. This is combined and re-enforced with opinions that it isn’t worth it to invest in Roma communities as there are no results from those investments. To provide new data and insight on the social and economic effects of public investments in Roma communities research work was undertaken. more »

Tackling the Hidden Economy: Employing Best EU Policy Practices for Growth and Jobs
Macedonia features in many discussions as a country with high hidden economy. The European Commission has repeatedly voiced its concerns in its regular country reports about the size and proliferation of hidden economy practices. Undeclared work is of particular concern to the authorities, provided the very high and stubborn levels of official unemployment. more »


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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