Overcoming Institutional Capacity Gaps to Counter Corruption and Organized Crime

Project completed

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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bulgaria
Improving social security
Combating corruption and organised crime
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.

Background

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.

Objectives

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
Target groups

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

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

Achieved results:  

  • 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


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   552'027 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   613'363
Project phases Phase 10 01.07.2014 - 31.05.2019   (Completed) Phase 2 15.09.2012 - 30.09.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 01.09.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)