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Standing Up To State Capture: Innovative Methods to Investigate Fraud and Corruption in EU Funding for Agriculture
On 13 and 14 of September 2018, the Center for the Study of Democracy is organising a high-profile international conference with the support of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The event will bring together academics, practitioners and innovators to discuss methods for assessing and measuring the state capture phenomenon and showcase the current and up-and-coming tools and techniques in detecting, preventing and investigating fraud and corruption in the EU funding for agriculture. The conference will also tackle the potential impacts of organized crime and the state capture phenomenon on the rural and agriculture sectors in the EU, as well as explore key aspects of the risks for the EU’s financial interests posed by white collar crime in the agricultural sector.

Unlike in the majority of EU member states, in Bulgaria and Romania the agricultural sector still has a major impact on the economy. The value added of the sector as a share of GDP in the two countries is more than twice as high as the average in EU28. Romania and Bulgaria remain the two countries in the EU with the highest share of agriculture in their national GDP accounts. As such, fraudulent irregularities and corruption-related activities in the EU financing of Bulgaria’s and Romania’s agricultural sector present a serious threat to the financial interests of the EU.

Agenda (Adobe PDF, 294 KB)
Media Advisory (Adobe PDF, 154 KB, in Bulgarian)
Media Coverage (in Bulgarian)
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