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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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Public Discussion: Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2015
On 27 May 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy presented the results of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015. In 2015, Bulgaria ranks 55th out of 61 economies, while in 2014 it ranked 56th. more »

Round Table: Overcoming Institutional Gaps to Tackle Illicit Financing
On 12 May 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organised a round table discussion entitled Institutional Measures to Counter the Financing of Organised Crime to debate the current state of the criminal markets in Bulgaria, particularly the smuggling of illegal cigarettes, the drug market and VAT fraud, as well as the practices used to curb these markets applied rather inconsistently in recent years. more »

SELDI Policy Advocacy Workshop: Countering Corruption and State Capture for Transparent Energy Governance in SEE
On 28 April 2015 the SELDI initiative held in Belgrade a policy advocacy workshop dedicated to corruption and energy governance. The event marked the beginning of SELDI’s work in delivering anti-corruption solutions in the energy sector in Southeast Europe. more »

Training: Models for Supporting Roma Child Victims of Trafficking with the Aid of Community-based Services
On March 30, 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a training session entitled Models for Supporting Roma Child Victims of Trafficking with the Aid of Community-based Services. more »


Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2014-2015

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Bulgaria is still plagued by “country-wide corruption, which a recent study by the Sofia-based think tank [Center for the Study of Democracy] found to be at its highest in 15 years, across civil and political sectors.”

Broken Dreams: The Aftermath of 25 Years of Democracy in Bulgaria, Time, 10 March 2015

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"Rule of law is the key underlying factor towards EU accession. The Union acknowledges that it is not a corruption-free area and has started to address the challenge accordingly, integrating the fight against corruption across the majority of EU policy areas. Corruption is neither solely political nor simply a moral issue but a practical problem generating significant financial losses and enabling organized crime. Thus the European Commission is continuously working to adopt innovative tools and approaches in pursue of strengthening the good governance in the region."

Mr. Morten Jung, Head of Unit, Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programming, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission at the SELDI Policy Forum: Good Governance Agenda for Southeast Europe: the Role of Civil Society and the European Institutions, 24 and 25 February 2015

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