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Videoconference: Corruption and Organized Crime
 
On 30 September, 2005 the Center for Study of Democracy and the Sofia Distance Learning Center hosted the fifth and final videoconference under the Anti-corruption pilot program titled Corruption and Organized Crime, which was delivered to representatives of public and private sector organizations and NGOs at the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, in Kiev and representatives from public and private sector and donor community in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The pilot program on Anti-corruption was developed by the Center for Study of Democracy and Coalition 2000 and is delivered through the GDLN network to emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The program consists of a series of five videoconferencing sessions covering the following aspects of anti-corruption policies: Public Private Partnerships in Countering Corruption; Corruption Monitoring and Assessment Techniques; Civic Initiatives for Judicial Reform and Countering Corruption; Hidden Economy and Corruption; and Corruption and Organized Crime.

The main speakers during the videosession were: Dr. Stuart Gilman, Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit and the Global Programme against Corruption at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna; Mr. Dejan Anastasievic, Investigation Journalist at Vreme Weekly Magazine in Belgrade; and Mr. Philip Gounev, Research Fellow at the European Program of the Center for Study of Democracy in Sofia.

The fifth videoconference focused on the following major topics:
- The system of corruption techniques used by the organized crime in societies in transition;
- The evolution of organized crime and the forms of corruption it uses in Bulgaria and Serbia;
- Hierarchies and relationships between organized crime and corruption;
- Ways in which organized crime infiltrates political systems and measures to avoid these processes.

The videosession is expected to transfer knowledge, experience and best practices in terms of understanding the relation between organized crime and corruption and to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations to exercise control over the performance of the governmental anticorruption programs for fighting organized crime.






Videoconference background materials
Presentation of Philip Gounev, Research Fellow, European Program, Center for Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria (Microsoft Powerpoint, 5.46 Mb)
Presentation of Dr. Stuart Gilman, Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit and the Global Programme against Corruption at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria (Microsoft Powerpoint, 557 Kb)
Outline of Module 5: Corruption and Organized Crime (MS Word, 57 Kb)

Previous videoconferences on the Program on Anti-corruption
First Videoconference on Public Private Partnerships in Countering Corruption – 18 July, 2005
Second Videoconference on Hidden Economy and Corruption - 9 September, 2005
Third Videoconference on Civic Initiatives for Judicial Reform and Countering Corruption - 16 September, 2005 Forth Videoconference on Corruption Monitoring and Assessment Techniques – 21 September, 2005

Related events and publications on the topic of Corruption and Organized Crime
Events
Private Security Companies: Partners in Crime Prevention – 14 September, 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria
Official Launch of the Bulgarian National Crime Prevention Commission – 17 June, 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria

Publications
Transportation, Smuggling and Organized Crime, Center for Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2004
Partners in Crime: The Risks of Symbiosis between the Security Sector and Organized Crime in Southeast Europe, Sofia, 2004
The Drug Market in Bulgaria, Sofia, 2003
Smuggling in Southeast Europe, Sofia, 2002
Corruption, Trafficking and Institutional Reform, Sofia, 2002
Corruption and Illegal Trafficking: Monitoring and Prevention, Second, revised and amended edition, Sofia, 2000
 
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