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Wednesday, October 2: Workshop
9:00 am Workshop Opening
Ognian Shentov, President, Center for the Study of Democracy
John D. Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise

9:20 am

Addressing corruption in the Balkan/Black Sea Region

  • Broader effects and security challenges of corruption
  • Linkages between corruption and transborder crime/trafficking
  • The need for better communication and monitoring
  • Building alliances to combat corruption on a regional and global scale

Boyko Todorov, Center for the Study of Democracy/SELDI

10:00 am

Situation report 1: Anti-corruption efforts in Georgia*

  • Business vs. corruption
  • Typology of corruption
  • Combating corruption

Irakly Areshidze, Alliance for Business Environment Development

10:45 am Coffee Break
* NOTE: All Situation Reports will include a 15 minute presentation and 30 minute question/answer session, and will be moderated by Ognian Shentov.
11:00 am

Situation report 2: Anti-corruption Efforts in Azerbaijan*

  • Business ethics in Azeri companies
  • Government policies
  • The role of NGOs and the media in combating corruption

Sabit Bagirov, Entrepreneurship Development Foundation

11:45 am

Situation report 3: Anti-corruption Efforts in Armenia*

  • Scope of corruption in customs
  • Workable solutions for combating corruption

Gagik Poghossian, Association for Foreign Investment and Cooperation

12:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Situation report 4: Combating Corruption in the Yugoslav Customs* Administration
Boris Begovic, Center for Liberal Democratic Studies
2:30 pm Situation report 5: Monitoring and Prevention of Corruption in Bulgaria*
Alexander Stoyanov, Center for the Study of Democracy
3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm

Coalition 2000 - Drafting/Implementing a Comprehensive Anti-Corruption
Action Plan

  • Formation of expert task forces and coordination of their activities
  • Developing a draft action plan
  • Consensus building and cooperation with policy-makers
  • Action Plan endorsement

The development and implementation of Coalition 2000's Anti-corruption Action Plan will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to discuss how international experience can be applied in their countries. Coalition 2000's Corruption Assessment Reports, Clean Future Bulletin, Anticorruption Plan for Bulgaria and other relevant documents will be provided.
Zhivka Damyanova, Coalition 2000 Coordinator
Maria Yordanova, Head, CSD Law Program Facility

5:00 pm Adjourn
6:30 pm Dinner
* NOTE: All Situation Reports will include a 15 minute presentation and 30 minute question/answer session, and will be moderated by Boyko Todorov.
Thursday, October 3: Horizontal Accountability - the Bulgarian Experience
9:00 am Site Visit I: Government Anti-Corruption Commission
Presentation of Bulgarian national anti-corruption strategy, corruption prevention policies, and combating corruption in customs. Introductory lecture followed by interactive discussion.
Host: Anton Stankov, Bulgarian Minister of Justice
10:00 am Site Visit II: City of Sofia Ombudsman (held at Bulgarian Ministry of Justice)
11:00 am Site Visit III: Bulgarian National Audit Office
Presentation of NAO operations, and law enforcement/anti-corruption activities. Introductory lecture followed by an interactive discussion. Participants will be provided with relevant documents, and time will be available for networking and exchanging experience.
Host: Georgi Nikolov, Chairman, Bulgarian National Audit Office
  The meeting with Mr. Georgi Nikolov was held at the Traning Center at 17, Antim I Street
1:00 pm Departure from the Training Center
3:00 pm

Synthesis Panel
Breakout groups will discuss lessons learned and next steps for combating corruption in participant countries. Additional discussion topics could include:

  • Institutional reforms vs. punitive measures
  • Key role of the business community
  • Building a partnership between South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus
    Moderator: Dana Southworth, Center for International Private Enterprise
4:30 pm Breakout groups report back on conclusions and next steps
5:00 pm

Wrap up and closing remarks


Ognian Shentov-President, Center for the Study of Democracy
John D. Sullivan--Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise


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