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The Bulgarian Organised Crime Threat Assessment (BOCTA) aims to introduce in Bulgaria a policy process, already successfully implemented in several EU Member States, to assess and monitor the threats from organized crime. At the core of this process is a national annual organized crime threat assessment (OCTA) report. This policy instrument is being implemented by the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Ministry of Interior, the State Agency for National Security (SANS), the Revenue Agency, and the Customs Agency. It also benefits from the participation of experts from the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Europol, the Dutch Criminal Police, the Belgian Federal Police, and Criminal Police of North Rhine-Westphalia.A set of seminars from partner law-enforcement agencies aimed at familiarizing the inter- agency task force members with the national experience in selected member states. more>>



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Bulgarian Organized Crime Threat Assessment
Тhe Center for the Study of Democracy organised a round table to discuss the findings of the Bulgarian Organized Crime Threat Assessment (BOCTA) report prepared with the financial support of the European Union Internal Security Fund. more »
Public discussion: Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment
On 3 April 2012 the Internal Security and Public Order Committee hosted a public presentation of the Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) report. The discussion was attended by representatives of Europol and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, who shared the use of SOCTA reports to shape EU and UK policies to counter organized crime. The Minister of Interior and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior presented the main priorities and results of law-enforcement institutions in countering organized crime. more »


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Bulgarian Organised Crime Threat Assessment
The 2017 Bulgarian Organised Crime Threat Assessment uncovers the major trends and dynamics in the country’s main criminal markets during the last several years. The current analysis indicates shrinking of traditionally robust criminal areas, such as the illegal trade in cigarettes and organised VAT fraud, while the illegal trade in fuels and the use and distribution of marijuana are experiencing growth. more »
Countering Organised Crime in Bulgaria: Study on the Legal Framework
The publication analyses and assesses the legal framework on countering organised crime and examines the problems, which arise in its practical application. On this basis, recommendations are made to improve the legislation and bring it into conformity with international standards and the existing good practices, as well as to overcome the weaknesses in the application of law which impede the detection and punishment of organised criminal activity or infringe fundamental principles of criminal procedure and the rights of the participants in it. more »

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