Civil monitoring of the financing of the election campaign for the members of the European Parliament and the financing of the campaign for the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria

The main goals of the initiative were: 1. to promote the civil and political intolerance towards votes buying by focusing the public attention on problems emerging from this phenomenon; 2. to increase the transparency of the financing of the election campaign by promoting legislative changes in specific areas where deficiencies are identified; 3 to promote more effective civil society control over political financing through independent monitoring of the financing instruments of the election campaign.

Strengthening the public confidence in the judiciary by means of promoting an ethics code of the judicial administration officials

The project aimed at introducing mechanisms for internal control over the dissemination of corrupt practices and increasing the authority of the Judiciary. A content-analysis of the publications in the local press was made, focus-groups discussions were organized and civil reception-rooms were opened. The Project experts analyzed the national as well as the international legal system and recommended amendments in the Bulgarian legislation in tune with the international standards. As a final outcome a project for a Code of Conduct for the Judicial Administration Officials was developed and tested along with a training methodology for its popularization and practical introduction.

The holistic approach in fighting corruption in the judicial system

The major goal of the project was to conduct a national survey on corruption in the judicial system. This pilot survey was used as a model for similar surveys on a regional level in the subsequent years. Some of the main activities included: 1. research of the most common corruption practices resulting from legislative and judicial inadequacies; 2. interviews with prosecutors, judges and citizens; 3. publication of the surveys’ results including recommendations for countering corruption within the judicial system and for establishment of internal control mechanisms for restriction of the phenomenon; 4. monitoring of corruption signals related to the judicial system and publication of the results in the press; 5. closing conference ot the main research topic.

Media monitoring system of Coalition 2000

In its media monitoring Coalition 2000 used quantitative indicators, based on the number of corruption-related articles, as well as content analyses. The dynamics of the media coverage of corruption was presented through monitoring, comparison and analysis of these quantitative indicators. Thus, Coalition 2000 also created a tool for evaluating the influence of Bulgarian media on the public attitudes towards corruption, on the anti-corruption initiatives in general and last, but not least, on the anti-corruption measures taken by the state institutions. The media monitoring was implemented though a daily research of: eight daily newspapers with nationwide circulation, four online / electronic newspapers, four national weekly papers, two magazines and eight national TV and radio channels.

Monitoring the legal practice of the Supreme Court of Cassation

The major aim of the project is to establish and maintain the transparency and effectiveness of the Supreme Court of Cassation. The project aims to examine thoroughly the decisions taken by the Supreme Court of Cassation for the period of 2002, 2003 and 2004, which will permit an assessment of the activities of the institution. Subsequently, an objective analysis of the research results will be made, as the point is to draw major conclusions from the review of the decisions of Supreme Court of Cassation.

Civil monitoring of the financing of the local election campaign in Bulgaria

The aim of the project was to realize a campaign against the wide spread practices of vote buying and the corruption in the election process at local level. In order to reach its target the project realized: 1. methodological training of local volunteers for monitoring the election process. 2. accumulation of data during the election process. 3. media monitoring regarding the election campaign 4. a sociological survey regarding the transparency and democracy of the election process 5. consultation, analyses and publication of the accumulated information from the realized activities. As a result the project developed a special Index for transparency in the financing of the local election campaign.

Towards establishing effective partnership: Improving citizen participation in anti-corruption initiatives at the local level

The project aimed at encouraging the establishment of a network of civil society organizations, offering an institutional support to NGOs in the city of Blagoevgrad for improvement of the anti-corruption climate at the local level. The major activity lines include thematic training seminars; developing an Index for measuring the Transparency of the local anti-corruption environment and designing a strategy for its improvement.

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding? EU Accession Is No “End of History”

In the textbooks on democratic transition, Central and Eastern Europe provides the model of success. Yet in Brussels concern over the politics of the new EU members has been mounting. The day after accession, when conditionality has faded, the influence of the EU vanished like a short-term anesthetic. Political parties needed to behave during accession in order to reach this highly popular objective, but once freed from these constraints, they returned to their usual ways. Now we see Central and Eastern Europe as it really is—a region that has come far but still has a way to go.