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Security Program

Since 2001, the cutting edge criminological research, conducted within the Program, has shaped Bulgaria’s policy debate on organised crime. The Program experts have also participated in various international projects and networks on crime and security issues.The majority of those projects have been awarded or supported by the European Commission in particular - Directorate General “Home Affairs” and they have been of a great importance not only because of their scope (the research usually covers all 27 EU member states) but also because they have been an integral part of the pan-European cycle of policies to combat organized crime. In addition, the Security Program works closely with the other CSD’s programs in providing cross-disciplinary analysis on policy issues such as migration, corruption, grey economy, criminal justice, and human rights.

 

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Financing of Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
Trafficking in human beings (THB) for the purpose of sexual exploitation has become one of the largest Bulgarian criminal markets since the beginning of the new millennium. Trafficking and prostitution not only generate huge incomes for Bulgarian organised crime but also have detrimental social and economic impact on local communities. more »
 
Countering Corruption in the Private Sector
The problem of private corruption is relatively new to corruption research, since traditionally corruption is seen as a public sector phenomenon associated with the use and abuse of public power, rather than with the operations of the private sector. The results from the first systematic study and report on private corruption in Bulgaria, implemented by the Center for the Study of Democracy, show that there are phenomena and practices in the private sector, which are to a large extent similar to the ones taking place in the overall corruption environment in the country. more »
 
The Illicit Tobacco Market: Limits to Institutional Enforcement
The trade in illegal tobacco products contributes to significant loss in state budget revenue for many countries. The traditionally high levels of illicit tobacco product’s consumption in Bulgaria have brought about an estimated BGN 4.83 billion in VAT and excise tax losses for the last ten years. The concerted efforts of Bulgarian authorities have brought about a significant reduction in the market for illicit cigarettes since 2015. more »
 

Publications

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CSD Policy Brief No. 78: Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in Bulgaria: Criminal Finances and Capacity for Financial Investigations

Private Sector Corruption in Bulgaria

CSD Policy Brief No. 76: The Management of Frozen and Forfeited Assets in Bulgaria

CSD Policy Brief No. 75: The Tobacco Market in Bulgaria: Trends and Risks


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