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Round table: Organized Crime and Energy Security
On 25 March 2011 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a round table entitled Organized Crime and Energy Security. Mr. Dimitar Georgiev, Deputy Minister of the Interior, opened the event by touching upon the challenges that law enforcement bodies face with regard to infiltration of organized crime into the energy market. Mr. Steve Harvey, Senior Expert, OC Networks Unit, Europol, gave a presentation focusing on three scenarios with regard to potential risks that the infiltration of organized crime into the energy sector of Europe might create. Mr. Harvey pointed out that organized crime activity in the energy sector and especially in the newly emerging market niches for alternative energy sources is a new area for law enforcement. Investigations are carried out only upon detection of criminal activities and there is lack of prevention as in the cases of traditional crime areas such as countering illegal drug trafficking and/or prostitution. Mr. Tihomir Bezlov, Senior Analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy, made a short presentation on the current organized crime situation in Bulgaria and its specifics in the energy sector.

The problems faced by the Bulgarian energy sector and ensuing risks of organized crime penetration stirred a heated discussion among the attending experts representing various governmental institutions, think-tanks and law enforcement bodies. Different aspects of the energy markets were outlined along with measures that need to be taken in order to better match the changing environment and adequately counter organized crime.

Agenda(Adobe PDF, 96.3 KB)
Mr. Steve Harvey's Presentation: Organized Crime and Energy Markets in Europe (Adobe PDF, 168 KB)
Mr. Tihomir Bezlov's Presentation: Organized Crime Risks in the Energy Sector of Bulgaria (Adobe PDF, 733 KB)
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