Support and assistance in out-of-court resolution of conflict in the sphere of secondary education through the establishment of school mediators

The project was realized under the Coalition 2000 and USAID initiative: “Civil Society Against Corruption”” Small Grants Program. Its primary goal was the legitimization of the school mediator as a possibility for resolution of conflicts in the sphere of secondary education.”

Civic monitoring over the process of issuing licenses by Hygienic-Epidemic Inspectorate and National Fire and Emergency Safety Service in cases of building and reconstruction

The primary goal of the project was to identify and investigate corrupt practices in the process of issuing licenses in the targeted supervising agencies. The project team made official meetings with representatives of the target institutions: the Hygienic-Epidemic Inspectorate (HEI), the Fire and Emergency Safety Service (FES) and the Ministry of Health to present the project and negotiate the terms of project partnership. The main project outputs referred to: analyzes of citizens’ complains for illegally issued licenses; monitoring of the routine activity of the targeted supervising agencies;development of a legal data base the observed field and a hot phone line for signals; an active public awareness campaign for popularization of the investigated corrupt practices and the proposed measures for counteraction.

Corruption in Bulgarian SMEs and measures to fight it

The project was realized in the course of Coalition 2000 and USAID Open Government Initiative Project: “Civil Society Against Corruption”” – Small Grants Program. It aimed to identify the structure of corrupt practices related to SMEs in the country and to provide assessment of the inflicted losses in the business sector i.e. еstimate the costs of corruption in the SME sector. The project activities include surveys and publication of a book: “”Do-it-yourself”” Manual of Tools Designed to Build Ethical and Transparent Corporate Culture For SMEs.”

Mutual trust for better governance

The project aimed at improving public trust in the administration at local and regional levels by increasing transparency and monitoring capacity of the administration. The project sought to promote the practices of good governance through the partnership between the civil society organizations and the municipal administration. Some of its main activities included: 1. survey assessing the transparency of the local and regional administrations; 2. public opinion survey for the identification of the main deficiencies of the targeted administrations; 3. realization of educational seminars and round tables; 4. development and publication of analysis with recommendations on the topic: “mutual trust – a barometer for good governance””; 5. activities for information and publicity.”

Determining actual and potential hypothesis of conflict of interests in the state administration in Bulgaria

The project aimed at limiting the manifestations of conflict of interests hypothesis in the work of the Bulgarian public administration bodies, and a research methodology for analyzing such manifestations was elaborated. Furthermore the EU and other relevant international legislation was analyzed and a sociological survey on the public perception for the effectiveness of the conflict of interests regulation. As a result a Catalogue of Effective Legal Mechanisms for limiting the possibilities of conflict of interests manifestation in the work of the state administration was elaborated. A training course with administration officials for recognition and counteraction of the conflict of interests problem was realized.

Partnership between the civil society and the administration – a guarantee for transparency, accountability and control

The project aimed at increasing the transparency and accountability of the regional and local administrations by providing mechanisms for control over their activities through the establishment of a strategic partnership with the civil society. Some of the activities that the project foresee are: 1. development of information channels between the administration and the civil society through information campaigns, TV channels (24 programs in total), brochures, publications in the media etc.; 2. selection and implementation of best practices with regard to transparency, accessibility and accountability in the selected municipal administrations; 3. realization of seminars, round tables, workshops as well as educational seminars for experts from the municipal administrations with representatives from the civil society sector; 4. realization of a “day of the open doors”” in the selected administrations; 5. development of a guidance document regarding the opportunities that a partnership between the civil society and the administration can offer.”

Open doors for the citizens of Razgrad

The project’s main goal was the establishment of civic control over local self-government through the institutionalization of a civic defender (ombudsman) in the municipal administration of Razgrad. Some of its main activities included: 1. information board for corruption signals in the office building of the Municipality; 2. realization of a public forum “Civic Defense and Mediation Through the Local Ombudsman Institution””; 3. dissemination of materials / reports of the ombudsman and press conferences.”

Civic pressure on corruption and incompetence at local and state administration levels regarding illegal construction

The project was designed to fight against corruption in the municipal and state administration in the sphere of illegal construction. for the purpose an expert group monitoring the process of issuing construction licenses in the municipalities of Sofia was established during the actual project implementation. The project activities included: 1. analytical report on corrupt practices in cases of illegal building in Sofia Municipalities based on one-year survey; 2. development and dissemination of a brochure: “What Should We Know in Case of Illegal Building and Reconstruction””; 3. setting up of a citizens “”Complaints and Information Desk”” for legal assistance and lodgment of signals; 4. research and publicity on the municipal-level process of issuing construction licenses; 5. active public and media campaign to educate citizens about their rights in cases of illegal construction and to present the made disclosures of corruption in this field.”

Monitoring and evaluation of the possibilities for improving the transparency of the municipal administration

The goal of the project was to increase the capacity of the civil society organizations for improving the transparency of the work of the local and municipal administrations. The project offered practical guidelines for representatives of the civil society for better cooperation with the municipal administration and created a local network for monitoring and evaluation. The initiative included: 1. a round table on the topic “Transparency in the administration and the involvement of the civil society””; 2. a survey among representatives of the target groups; 3. an analyses, followed by recommendations, on the legal framework and the internal procedures guiding the work of the municipal administrations in their cooperation with the civil society; 4. development of an web site for the ease of the civil society network.”

Limitation of the corrupt practices in the fields of public health services and the educational system in Pernik municipality through enhancing the role of civil society

The project aimed to build a capacity for the existing public anti-corruption council in Pernik Municipality. The project supported the establishment of mechanisms for reporting corrupt cases by citizens in the sphere of public health services and education system. It also aimed to improve the legal culture of citizens through the realization of informational and educational campaigns.

Effective Investigation of European Union Funds Abuse in Bulgaria

The basic goal of the initiative was to raise the competencies of the Bulgarian investigative agencies and to harmonize the practices in the investigation of crimes concerning the financial interests of the European Communities. The imminent objective was to provide practical expert support to state investigators and prosecutors handling abuse of EU funds in Bulgaria.The outputs of the project are: 1. development of a methodology for the investigation of EU funds abuse; 2. publishing a manual, “Effective Investigation of European Union Funds Abuse in Bulgaria.” The manual is a practical guide to be used in the daily work of state investigators and prosecutors; 3. organizing a training seminar on the subject for state investigators and prosecutors handling EU funds abuse.

Face to face with corruption: institutionalization of the civic defender and public councils to fight corruption at municipal level

The project aimed to shape an adequate public counteraction against all forms of corruption. Advocacy and capacity building for the local Ombudsman institution (Public Mediator) in Banite municipality and multiplication of the experience (best practices) in other municipalities of the Rhodopa region were some of the projects core activities.

Civil society in support of the public administration for more transparency, accessibility and accountability

The aim of the project was to increase the transparency, publicity and accountability of the municipal public administration through a strategic partnerships with the structures of the civil society. The project foresee: elevation of the current conditions regarding the transparency and accessibility in the work of the municipal administration; dissemination of the opportunities which the Law on Accessibility to Public Information gives to the structures of the civil society to control and monitor the work of the administration; provision of a basis for better cooperation between the municipal administration and the civil society and evaluation of best practices in the field in different EU countries. Some of the activities of the project include: 1. development and support of a web site of the association; 2. survey among civil society organizations regarding the level of transparency and accessibility of the public administration;3. development and publication of information materials concerning the project; 4. realization of educational events and round tables for the target groups – representatives of civil society organizations and experts from the municipal and regional administrations.

Active citizens – transparent local authority

The project aimed to establish a partnership between the structures of the civil society and the local authorities for increasing the public opinion towards the municipal administration in the city of Lovech through more transparent and eased access to information. The major goal was to develop a mechanism for public control. The project included: 1. assessments and evaluation of: the legal framework related to the internal organization of the administration; the mechanisms for monitoring and control; the transparency and the potential risks for corruption (potential risk points and practices); the effectiveness of the local councils for their cooperation with the municipal administration;2. formulation of recommendations and best practices; 3. precise proposals for the municipality of Lovech on how to improve its methodology for service delivery in order to be more transparent and accessible; 4. realization of educational seminars for representatives from the civil society sector; 5. improvement of the web site of the administration; 6. activities for information and publicity (media publications, information brochures etc.)

Anti-corruption education and civic action against corruption in the Sofia University

The project aimed to encourage the dialogue between teachers, student’s organizations and students and engage potential participants in the process in the fight against corruption. Some of the project’s main activities include: 1. introduction of anti-corruption education courses for students in their second and third year of study at the Sofia university – around 150 students from various pedagogical departments; 2. elaboration of anti-corruption educational programs and courses in anti-corruption behavior and corruption fighting in the universities (15 teaching weeks); 3. establishment of an university ombudsman; 4. sociological survey among students and university professors and analytical reports preparation; 5. Round table about the anti-corruption education.