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Overcoming Institutional Capacity Gaps to Counter Corruption and Organized Crime

July 10, 2014



Date of grant approval:22.04.2014 Status:ongoing Project Location : Bulgaria Country:Bulgaria Amount of the Swiss grant:CHF 552%027 (619663.30 US Dollar) Total budget of the project:CHF 613%363 (688669.00 US Dollar) Responsibility for project implementation: Intermediary Body: Consortium constituted by TC Team Consult SA (Leader), Coginta and DCAF; Executing Agency: The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) Objective :The proposed project aims to assist the government in reinvigorating its anti-corruption policies and increasing its capacity to counter the threat of organized crime, in particular complex economic crime. The project is directly targeting judiciary reforms and priorities entailed from the European Commission Reports on the Progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). Theme/Focus Area : Security/ Stability/ Reforms Combating Corruption and Crime Target Group : Law enforcement and control agencies (Police, Customs Agency, Ministry of Health, Public Procurement Office etc.) Context : Six years after Bulgaria s accession to the European Union, the country still suffers from high levels of corruption and organized crime. The European Union continues to monitor Bulgaria s progress in these two areas through the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The Bulgarian public largely perceives the CVM as a key instrument for progress. Although Bulgaria has made continuous progress in the fight against corruption and organized crime, the level of corruption victimization remains high. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey on corruption in the EU-27, in 2011 every fourth Bulgarian has been asked to pay a bribe within the last 12 months. This is among the top five corruption pressure levels in EU. Comparable research confirms that 25% of Bulgarians who were in contact with the public administration paid a bribe in 2011. Goals : The proposed project aims to assist the government in reinvigorating its anti-corruption policies and increasing its capacity to counter the threat of organized crime, in particular complex economic crime. Specific objectives are to : Assess the enforcement of anti-corruption measures and suggest which policies and measures are most effective in curbing corruption practices; Improve the capacity of law enforcement and control agencies to investigate and prosecute corruption cases and other complex economic crimes. Activities : Policy Brief Anti-Corruption Measures with Law En-forcement Institutions. Toolkit for monitoring anti-corruption policies implementation (MACPI) Survey of citizens and civil servants as a tool to monitor implementation and enforcement of anti-corruption measures Manual Using the Monitoring Anti-Corruption Policies Implementation (MACPI) toolkit Workshop Anti-corruption measures in law enforcement institutions and agencies Press conference Anti-Corruption in Procurement of guidelines on JIT application

Project completion date : 2015-04-30 12:00:00

Major organization : GENEVACENTRE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF ARMED FORCES (DCAF)

Address : Rue de Chantepoulet 11 CH-1201 Geneva Switzerland Website : http://www.dcaf.ch/



Country :Switzerland

Financier : Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),

Financier address : Financier: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Freiburgstrasse 130, 3003 Berne Switzerland Website : www.sdc.admin.ch/ Tel : +41 31 322 68 46 Fax : +41 31 324 16 96


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