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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 »
 
Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities at a Municipal Level
Roma inclusion is of strategic importance, yet the topic continues to suffer from lack of analysed data and clearly identified results and tendencies that can form the basis of policies in this area. more »
 
Monitoring and Responding to Radicalisation Trends and Risks
The terrorist attacks in Paris from 2015 underscored the importance of a holistic policy approach to countering radicalisation that might lead to violence in Europe and beyond, and signaled the need for reassessment of the effectiveness of existing measures. more »
 
Enhancing the Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities with the Participation of Representatives of Local Authorities in Stara Zagora
Roma inclusion is a strategically important area where public investments are increasing in importance. The new programme period (2014-2020) emphasizes the role of municipal authorities in promoting comprehensive and long-term public investments for development. more »
 
Socio-economic Effects of Public Investments for Roma Inclusion at a Municipal Level
Structural factors such as entrenched poverty, low education rates, low labour market participation and political non-participation lead to a wide spread exclusion of the Roma from all major spheres of live. This is combined and re-enforced with opinions that it isn’t worth it to invest in Roma communities as there are no results from those investments. To provide new data and insight on the social and economic effects of public investments in Roma communities research work was undertaken. 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 »
 
Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation
On 2 June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table to present the Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation (MACPI) tool and the results of its application in the Bulgarian Border Police. more »
 
Round Table: Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism Threats in Europe
On 8 January 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table discussion on countering radicalisation and terrorism threats in Europe. The keynote presenter at the event was Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. more »
 
Round Table: “Civil Society in the System of Culture and Education”
On 28 January 2012 in the city of Ruse, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a round table on the topic “Civil Society in the System of Culture and Education”. 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 »
 

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