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.
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 »
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.
“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.).”