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At Europe’s Wild Frontier: How Bulgaria is struggling to combat organised crime.

And interesting article from the Finical Times. Well worth a read to get a better idea of corruption and its impact in Bulgaria.

…organised crime reaches deep into everyday life through an underground economy that supplies everything from cocaine to VAT-free building materials. Some 30 per cent of retail fuel comes illegally from duty-free sources, says the Bulgarian Petrol and Gas Association. About 25 per cent of the cigarette market and 75 per cent of that for ready-mixed concrete is untaxed, says the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), a local think-tank. …

The government has been hampered by scandals. First, the chief of the highways agency was forced to quit after it emerged that contracts were awarded to his brother’s company. Next, Brussels raised questions about possible irregularities in the distribution of pre-accession funds – and suspended some payments while investigations are carried out. Finally, Rumen Petkov resigned as interior minister after two officials were accused of leaking information to criminals and the minister himself admitted meeting crime bosses.

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