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Making Democracy Deliver in the Western Balkans

In 2018 the EU, NATO and the countries from the Western Balkans have a unique chance to reinvigorate the Euro Atlantic perspective of the region. The European Commission has rightly prioritized the rule of law and security, including hybrid threats, in its new Enlargement Strategy. The accession of Montenegro to NATO and the opening up of EU accession prospects for Serbia and Montenegro have been a strong signal for political engagement with the Western Balkans. more »

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The Links Between Crime and Terrorism in Europe
Radicalisaiton and terrorism are among the most pressing security threats in the European Union. The possible interaction or convergence between conventional and organised criminals on the one hand and extremists on the other can amplify the risks presented by both security issues. more »

 
Employment Dynamics among Youth in Northwestern Bulgaria
CSD took part in a one-day workshop held in Vidin, Bulgaria, the topic of which was “Youth Employment in Northwestern Bulgaria: Reality and Perspectives.” more »

 
Protection of the Rights of Victims of Trafficking – European Standards and New Bulgarian experiences
The Center for the Study of Democracy held a roundtable, dedicated to European standards and new Bulgarian experiences in the effective referral, support and protection of the rights of victims of trafficking. more »

 
Standing Up To State Capture: Innovative Methods to Investigate Fraud and Corruption in EU Funding for Agriculture
The Center for the Study of Democracy organised a high-profile international conference with the support of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Open Society Initiative for Europe. more »

 
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Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2018

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

"The Center for the Study of Democracy, based in the capital, Sofia, outlined in a report last year a portrait of a state so riddled with graft that one in five adults, or 1.3 million people, were thought to have taken part in a corrupt transaction, such as paying or receiving a bribe."
 

Bulgarian Journalist, Host of Anticorruption TV Show, Is Raped and Killed, New York Times, 8 October 2018

 

 
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"Frauds became more complicated in order to hide criminal activities. … Fifteen years ago, if we were investigating, we would find that the criminal inserted one artificial fake company in the sub-contracting chain. Today, if we were to check the same structure we would find six, eight or ten levels of sub-contractors, including off-shore companies. We must follow the cash-flow and this means we have to adapt ourselves also to the new modus operandi. This is why it is very important for us to use innovative methods to investigate, to detect but also to prevent fraud and corruption."

Amira Szönyi, Head of Unit Agricultural and Structural Funds II, OLAF, during the International Conference: Standing Up To State Capture: Innovative Methods to Investigate Fraud and Corruption in EU Funding for Agriculture, Sofia, 13-14 September 2018

 

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