|Countering Extortion Racketeering in Bulgaria: Examining the Evidence and Devising Appropriate Measures
During the 1990s, Bulgaria experienced a significant upsurge in extortion racketeering, a crime which came to define the decade. Even though rates have decreased in recent years, the problem appears to persist. On 27 October 2016, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a round table discussion on Countering Extortion Racketeering: Problem areas and Possible Measures. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, General Directorate National Police, General Directorate Combatting Organised Crime and the Sofia Appellate Court. more »
Countering extortion racketeering: the European experience
Classic extortion racketeering was widespread in Bulgaria in the 90s of last century, but in the last fifteen years gradually declined and is not the big organized crime threat that it used to be. However, new forms of extortion emerged and gained momentum - different from those of the recent past, but in no case less dangerous or harmful. 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 »
Public discussion: Crime Trends 2012 - 2013
On 15 October 2013 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a public discussion to present the results and conclusions of the annual National Crime Survey (NCS 2013). more »
Public Discussion: Dynamics of Conventional Crime in Bulgaria 2000-2010
On 26 July 2011 at Iztok Hall of the National Assembly, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), and other member institutions of the National Crime Prevention Commission (NCPC), in cooperation with the National Assembly’s Internal Security and Public Order Committee, held a public discussion entitled Dynamics of Crime in Bulgaria 2000-2010.
Public Discussion: Dynamics of Conventional Crime in Bulgaria 2009 – 2010
On 8 June 2010 in Western Hall of the National Assembly, the Center for the Study of Democracy together with the Internal Security and Public Order Committee of the 41st National Assembly organized a public discussion entitled Dynamics of Crime in Bulgaria 2009 - 2010. The Center for the Study of Democracy presented the main results of the National Crime Survey 2010 (NCS) and the results achieved by the Ministry of Interior in relation to countering crime in 2009.
Round Table: Anti-Money Laundering in Bulgaria: Key Policy Issues and Impact Instruments
On 16 February 2010 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a round table on the topic of anti-money laundering in Bulgaria. The event marks the completion of a Money Laundering Investigations Manual. more »
Round table: Police in the Modern Society: The Necessary Reform in Bulgaria
On 25 May 2009 at the “Iztok” hall of the Bulgarian National Assembly, the Center for the Study of Democracy with the cooperation of the Internal Security and Public Order Committee to the National Assembly, organized a round table, dedicated to the problems of internal security, the state of the national police and the necessary measures to reform the sector and restore public confidence. more »
EU Fundamental Rights Agency presents report on child trafficking in the EU:
EU must do more to fight child trafficking
On 7 July 2009, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) released a new report on 'The role of the European Union in the fight against child trafficking'.
Many children fall victim to trafficking every year. There are extremely low numbers of convictions in child trafficking cases. Overall, the report finds that the EU must do more to address the issue. The FRA calls for better legislation to combat child trafficking. The protection and care for victims, in particular, must be improved. more »
National Round Table: Development and Improvement of the Institutional Instruments for Administrative Control and Prevention of Corruption in the Ministry of Interior and the Role of the NGOs for its Decrease
On 16 June 2009 the Inspectorate Directorate at the Ministry of Interior organized a round table, dedicated to the prevention of corruption in the Ministry and the role of the Bulgarian NGOs for the decrease of corruption. During the event the Inspectorate Directorate at the Ministry of Interior and six Bulgarian NGOs, among which the Center for the Study of Democracy, signed a declaration for collaboration in the area of anticorruption. more »
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