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BRING: A new narrative for Europe: Bringing more union into the European Union

The project targets youths, students, activists from Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Greece, with an interest in the recent street protests and demonstrations and engaged in the public debate Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash...

Permissible Secrecy: Regulation and Control of the Security Sector

The Project, which is actually the first of its kind, constitutes a civil monitoring of the overall reform in the security sector....

Independent Students' Monitoring of State Institutions

Independent Students' Monitoring of State Institutions Belonging to the Justice-and-Home-Affairs Sector...

EnCapture: Countering State Capture in the Energy Sector

The project's goal is to develop a major case study of the South Stream Gas Pipeline Project, and especially as a proxy for state capture processes in Bulgaria. ...

Towards a New Model for the Ministry of Interior - About

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) is both a target and a channel of state capture processes. The unreformed, mega-institution with a staff of 70,000 employees encompasses a gigantic scope of activities. Under its umbrella are units against organized crime, a medical academy, commercial activities, a police academy, several research institutes; a national fire department, eavesdropping services; migration management, border protection, private security services.

In its current form the MoI is a sustained condition for state-centered organization of crime, so typical for the country, as well as a prime example of systemic state capture. On a number of occasions the Ministry has been implicated in providing protection to and collaborating with criminal networks. The institutional structure of the Ministry facilitates these processes.

The project will address a long-standing problem in Bulgaria’s institutional system related directly to law enforcement, human rights, good governance, and most of all state-capture risks. This problem has been raised time and again during the 6-month unprecedented civic protest movement in the country.