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Round table: Anti-Corruption in Bulgaria: the Role of Judiciary and Law Enforcement Institutions
On June 3, 2002 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a Round Table on Anti-Corruption in Bulgaria: the Role of Judiciary and Law Enforcement Institutions, featuring a special presentation by Mr. Antonio Di Pietro, a Member of the European Parliament .

Mr. Antonio Di Pietro received his degree in law in 1978 and in 1980, after graduation, specialized in administrative law. He has worked as a Municipal Secretary, Police Commissioner, Deputy State Prosecutor for Bergamo and Milan, Consultant to the Ministry of Justice and to the Parliamentary Committee on Terrorist Attacks and Terrorism. As a magistrate in the period 1992 - 1994, he lead the "Mani Pulite" operation for combating political corruption in Italy. In 1996 he was Minister for Public Works in the cabinet of Romano Prodi and in 1997 he was elected member of the Italian Senate. Since 1999, Mr. Di Pietro has been a member of the European Parliament from the Group of the European Liberal, Democratic and Reform Party.

The objective of the Round Table was to facilitate the process of preventing and counteracting corruption in Bulgaria with a special focus on the role of the Judiciary and the other relevant law-enforcement agencies. The discussion was attended by MP's, government officials, including representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, magistrates, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and the media.

The event was opened by Dr. Maria Yordanova, Head of the CSD Law Program, who outlined the important role of the Judiciary and law enforcement institutions for preventing and combating corruption. Mr. Antonio Di Pietro pointed out that the fight against corruption should be carried out by both political and economic means, underlining the significance of strengthening political ethics. He also outlined the need of improving criminal proceedings legislation as a prerequisite for effective prevention of corruption. The Minister of Justice Mr. Anton Stankov presented the measures undertaken by the Bulgarian Government and the Ministry of Justice for combating corruption, focusing on the adoption of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and the Program for its implementation. The Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court Mr. Vladislav Slavov briefed the participants about the activities and some effective measures undertaken by the Supreme Administrative Court. Dr. Silvy Chernev, Chairman of the Court of Arbitration with the Bulgarian Chamber of Trade and Industry, presented the anti-corruption dimensions of the mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Nikolay Kamov, MP, Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy, Defense and Security, outlined some possible legislative amendments concerning the financing of political parties aimed at limiting political corruption.

Following the Round Table Mr. Antonio Di Pietro participated at a special press conference for the media.

Agenda of the Round Table (MS Word, 21 kb)

Media Coverage of the Round Table

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