Our projects

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. ...

NARCOMAP

NARCOMAP focuses on Novel Psychoactive Substances and opiates illicit criminal markets in the EU and beyond...

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.