Tuesday 10 January 2006, by Center for the Study of Democracy
This long and detailed report was compiled in order to analyse the structure of organised crime groups engaged in smuggling goods across the Bulgarian border. The country’s likely accession to the EU in 2007 accentuates the need for a common European perspective on the threats posed by organised crime.
The report highlights the role played both by individuals and by a range of transportation companies, and describes criminal networks and organisational matters in detail. New data on the smuggling of oil and oil-based products is provided. The report also focuses on corruption and the involvement of public officials such as border control authorities and members of the judiciary.
The authors stress the importance of inter-agency collaboration, enhanced security measures and international collaboration in the fight against trans-border smuggling.
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