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The Informal Economy in the EU Accession Countries: Size, Scope, and the Trends in Trafficking and Corruption

29 - 30 November 2002


Day One - 29th of November
9:30 -9:45 h.

Conference Hall
Hotel Bulgaria


Dr. Ognian Shentov
Chairman, Center for the Study of Democracy

Nikola Yankov
Deputy Minister of the Economy


Session 1

9:45-11:00 h.

Grey Economy: Scope and Impact

Moderator: Ruslan Stefanov
Project Coordinator, CSD

Dr. Dominik Enste
Economic Policy Researcher, Gerling Group, Cologne Gerling
The Shadow Economy and Institutional Change in EU Accession Countries - A Two Pillar Strategy for the Challenges Ahead

Dr. Ahmet Salih Ikiz
Faculty Fellow, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey - Recent trends of Unrecorded economy in Turkey: Comparison with Bulgaria

Mr. Caner Akar, International Economy and Finance, Turkey

11:00-11:30 h. Coffee Break
11:30-12:15 h.



Mr. Shkelzen Mustafa
Deputy Director, Special Operations, Customs - United Nations Interim Administration
Mission in Kosovo (FRY)

Mr. Michael Cayton, OECD Consultant, Sofia, Bulgarian Ministry of Economy

Boris Petrov, Bulgarian National Bank, Analyses Division

12.15-14.00 h. Lunch

Session № 2

14:00 h.

The Informal Economy In The EU Accession Countries: Size and Trends

Moderator: Petkan Iliev
Center for the Study of Democracy


Ms. Rossalina Latcheva
Project Assistant, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna - The Informal Economy in East-Central Erope

Mr. Todor Yalamov
ARC Fund - The Grey Economy in the IT Sector

15:00-15:30 h. Cofee Break
15:30 h.

Moderator: Dr. Vesselin Mintchev
Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

Dr. Valentin Goev, Statistics Department, UNWE
Assoc. prof. Venelin Boshnakov
Presentation of the results from the survey of the grey economy among the population

Mr. Maciej Grabowski
Vice President, Institute for Market Economies, Gdansk
Foreigners and Informal Labour Market in Poland

Dr. Jan Hanousek
Director, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education, Economic Institute - CERGE-EI, Prague
Quality Of Government Services And The Civic Duty To Pay Taxes In The Czech And Slovak Republics, And Other Transition Countries
(Written Jointly With Prof. Filip Palda).

Dr. Stefan Nikolov
Head of Department, Academy of the Ministry of Interior
Organized Crime in the Economy

Assoc. prof. Olga Teneva
Chief of Department "Economic Sciences", Academy of the Ministry of Interior
The Shadow Economy - Economic Ground for Corruption, Organized Crime and Terrorism

17:00 h Discussion
17:30 h. Closing
18:00 h Cocktail

Day Two - 30th of November

8:30-9:00 h.

9:00-9:30 h.

Sredetz Conference Hall
Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan



Dr. Ognian Shentov
Chairman, Center for the Study of Democracy

Professor Georgi Petkanov
Minister of Interior

Ambassador James Pardew
Embassy of the USA

Ambassador Ian Soutar
British Embassy


Session № 1
9:30 - 11:30 h.

Economy of Crime: Grey Sector, Trafficking, Corruption

Moderator: Ambassador Boyko Noev, Director, European Program, Center for the Study of Democracy
  • Organized crime as a macroeconomic phenomenon
  • The integration of Bulgarian organized crime within the framework of cross-border criminal networks
  • Corruption in law enforcement and controlling institutions as a national security/ development problem
  • The institutional response: the anti-corruption reform of the security sector
  • Priorities of international cooperation to counter cross-border crime and corruption


General Boyko Borissov
Secretary General, Ministry of Interior

Mr. Stefan Sofianski
Mayor of Sofia

Mr. Assen Assenov
Director, Customs Agency

General Kalcho Taushanov
Rector, Academy of the Ministry of Interior

Mr. Нristo Manchev
First Deputy General Prosecutor and Head of the Supreme Cassation Public Prosecutor's Office

10:45-11:15 h. Discussion
11:30-11:45 h. Coffee-Break


Session № 2
11:45-13:15 h.

Monitoring and Prevention of Cross-BorderCrime and Corruption

Moderator: Dr. Emil Tsenkov, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Democracy

  • Instruments for monitoring and assessment of contraband
  • Risk profiling of "gray imports" and related corruption
  • The economic dimension of drugs trafficking
  • Countering cross-border crime and corruption
  • Best practices in prevention of contraband, trafficking and corruption

Mr. Tihomir Bezlov
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Democracy

Mr. Gati Al-Jebouri
First Deputy Minister of Finance

Mr. Peter Nunez
Regulatory and Law Enforcement Advisor, Department of Treasury, US

Mr. Rumen Danev
Director, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department, Customs Agency

Mr. Chavdar Kunev
State Inspector, Customs Agency

Mr. John Brown
Principle Customs Advisor, Crown Agents
Presentation of Crown Agents' Reform Project in Bulgaria

12:45-13:15 h. Discussion
13:15-13:30 h.

Closing Session:

Social and Economic Impact of Crime and Corruption, and the Importance of. Public-Private Partnerships

Mr. Boyko Todorov
Program Director, Center for the Study of Democracy

13:30-14:30 h. Cocktail

* Working languages: English and Bulgarian

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