Overcoming Institutional Capacity Gaps to Counter Corruption and Organized Crime

Progetto concluso

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). The project is part of the thematic fund security in Bulgaria.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Bulgaria
Rafforzare la sicurezza sociale
Lotta alla corruzione e alla criminalità organizzata
01.05.2014 - 31.03.2018
CHF 552'027

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Contesto

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.

Obiettivi

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

Gruppi target

Law enforcement and control agencies (Police, Customs Agency, Ministry of Health, Public Procurement Office etc.)

Attività
  • 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
  • Producing “Countering Money-Laundering in Bulgaria: Institutional Governance Aspects” policy brief
  • Preparing and conducting MLIM training courses for police
Risultati

Risultati raggiunti:  

  • Capacity for assessment of anti-corruption measures by
    developing standardized tools and methodology improved
  • Implementation of anti-corruption measures in
    selected vulnerable institutions improved
  • Capacity of law enforcement and control agencies to
    investigate and prosecute corruption cases and complex economic
    crimes improved
  •  Increased sensitivity towards corruption raised in government by developing and implementing the Bulgarian Anticorruption Strategy 2015 – 2019
  • Capacity building for all institutions dealing with the fight against money laundering in Bulgaria by providing targeted trainings jointly with the CH project partners
  • Identification of new challenges in Trafficking of Human Being and to the strengthening of the inter-institutional cooperation in providing support to victims


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Contributo svizzero all'allargamento dell'UE
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata


Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   552'027 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   613'363
Fasi del progetto Fase 10 01.07.2014 - 31.05.2019   (Completed) Fase 2 15.09.2012 - 30.09.2017   (Completed) Fase 1 01.09.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed) Fase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Fase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Completed) Fase 1 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2018   (Completed) Fase 1 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Fase 1 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2018   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)