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Detecting and Tackling Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion and Corruption in Direct Taxation
On 15 – 16 October 2015 CSD organised a visit of Swiss Federal Tax Administration experts in Bulgaria. Mr. Emanuel Lauber, Head of the Division of Penal Affairs and Investigations and Mr. Dieter Krähenbühl, Deputy Team Leader of the Division of Penal Affairs and Investigations took part in the Annual Meeting of the National Revenue Office, giving a lecture on the 15th to an audience of some 50 tax office directors, senior inspectors from the regional offices and the central office leadership followed up by a working meeting with the directors of the risk assessment and policy analysis directorates. more »
 
Hidden economy in Bulgaria: data, trends and analyses
On October 16, 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted an academic data confrontation seminar on hidden economy in Bulgaria. The seminar brought together leading researchers and practitioners to discuss different methodologies, empirical data and estimates of hidden economy in Bulgaria. more »
 
Tackling the Hidden Economy: Employing Best EU Policy Practices for Growth and Jobs
Macedonia features in many discussions as a country with high hidden economy. The European Commission has repeatedly voiced its concerns in its regular country reports about the size and proliferation of hidden economy practices. Undeclared work is of particular concern to the authorities, provided the very high and stubborn levels of official unemployment. more »
 
Vulnerable Groups between the Civil Society and the State
Victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, persons in need of international protection and those deprived of liberty are among the vulnerable groups in need of the support of the civic sector in their relationships with institutions. Their problems were at the forefront of the discussion at the roundtable ‘Vulnerable Groups between the Civil Society and the State’, organized on 7 October 2015 by the Center for the Study of Democracy. Representatives of institutions and NGOs, involved in supporting the four vulnerable groups, took part in the event. more »
 
Regional Media in Bulgaria: Limits of Survival
In 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy conducted a survey of 179 regional media with internet platforms across all districts in Bulgaria (with the exception of Sofia city and Sofia district). The survey revealed some alarming trends with potentially damaging consequences for regional media outlets. more »
 
Privatization of Security in Transforming Societies
The flourishing private security sector in Southeast Europe has received little attention in international and domestic policy debates on security governance despite the growing challenges and opportunities it presents to ensuring security as a public good in new democracies. more »
 
Preparation and Improvement of the Draft National Program for Prevention and Reduction of Corruption and Prevention and Reduction of Conflict of Interest 2016 – 2019
On 9 September 2015 Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, SELDI Coordinator and Director of the Economic Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Ms. Emina Nuredinoska, Director Civil Society at SELDI partner MCIC, met with the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption in Skopje to provide input to the next Anticorruption Strategy. more »
 
Dynamics of Conventional Crime in Bulgaria 2014 – 2015
Crime rates in 2014 decreased compared to the record high levels of 2012. Nevertheless, the conventional crime rate remained one of the highest since 2004. Over the past year, more victims reported crimes - a sign of relative increase of confidence in the police. At the same time, there is a continuing discrepancy between data of the victimisation surveys and official police statistics. more »
 
National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM)
The Center for the Study of Democracy, Partners-Bulgaria Foundation and Human Rights Academy, Norway launched a National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM) funded under Program BG 12 “Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” in accordance with the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. more »
 
Making Bulgaria’s Anticorruption Policy Work: Sharing Experiences from European Success Stories
The challenge of corruption stands high on the political agenda, both in Bulgaria and on EU level. Experience shows that successful action against corruption is not preceded by improvement of economic conditions, on the contrary – designing and implementing effective anticorruption policies is the precondition for economic growth. more »
 

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