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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 »
 
Round Table: Overcoming Institutional Gaps to Tackle Illicit Financing
On 12 May 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organised a round table discussion entitled Institutional Measures to Counter the Financing of Organised Crime to debate the current state of the criminal markets in Bulgaria, particularly the smuggling of illegal cigarettes, the drug market and VAT fraud, as well as the practices used to curb these markets applied rather inconsistently in recent years. more »
 
Public Discussion: Corruption and Organised Crime in Europe - Illegal Partnerships
On 3 July 2012, at the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate in Sofia, the Center for the Study of Democracy presented the new book edited by CSD’s Senior Analyst Dr. Philip Gounev and by Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero of Middlesex University (UK) Corruption and Organized Crime in Europe: Illegal Partnerships (London: Routledge, 2012). 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 »
 
Public Discussion: Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework
On 30 March 2012 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a public discussion on the report Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework. Representatives of the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice, experts, academics and attorneys took part in the discussion. more »
 
Round Table: Impact Assessment Methods
On 23 February 2012, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table focusing on the impact assessment process employed by Matrix Insight, UK. The special guests at the event were Mr. Usman Khan, Managing Director and Ms. Gabriele Birnberg, Principal Consultant at Matrix Insight, UK. They familiarized the audience with the company organization structure and its areas of consultancy. more »
 
Round Table: Measuring Progress against Transnational Organised Crime
On 21 February 2012 , the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table entitled Measuring Progress against Transnational Organised Crime. Special guests were Ms. Jennifer Rubin, Director, Communities, Safety and Justice Programme, RAND Europe and Ms. Emma Disley, researcher at the same program. more »
 
Round Table: The Use of Wiretaps in the Investigation of Organised Crime and Corruption
On 20 February 2012, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table entitled The Use of Wiretaps in the Investigation of Organised Crime and Corruption. The special guest was Mr. Peter Ainsworth, Senior Deputy Chief, Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice. The issues discussed were related to the problems that the Bulgarian judiciary faces in tackling issues of corruption and organized crime, especially when it comes to high-ranking officials. more »
 
International Seminar: The Italian Experience in Investigating, Confiscating and Administering Property Acquired from Criminal Activity
An international seminar entitled The Italian Experience in Investigating, Confiscating and the Reuse of Assets Acquired from Criminal Activities was held on October 28, 2011 in Sofia. It was jointly organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Commission for Establishing Properties Acquired from Criminal Activities and the Caserta Province Authority (Italy). more »
 

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