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Implementation of sociological and specialized studies and research on evaluation of the National Child Strategy pursuant to Action 3 and 4 of the project "Assessment of the National Child Strategy" of the OP HRD" Lot № 1

The present study examines cime trends in Bulgaria between 2000 and 2010 based on a comparison between surveys of crime victims (The National Crime Survey is conducted annually by Vitosha Research) and police statistics.

Industry Watch has recently published one of his periodical reports. "Biggest Cities Review" is the first report which is based on empirical data collected in partnership with Vitosha Research agency. The main goal is to observe some important regional discrepancies in Bulgaria such as:

Between June and December 2005 the Center for the Study of Democracy and Vitosha Research, supported by the Open Society Justice Initiative carried out a study of police stops. The resulting report Police Stops and Ethnic Profiling in Bulgaria examines the use of stops by the Bulgarian police, focusing on the practices of disproportionate stops of members of the Roma ethnic minority. The report also highlights issues related to police abuse during stops as well as crime among in Roma communities.

After Bulgaria joins the EU in 2007 the country will receive access to the Structural Funds (SF) and the Cohesion Fund of the European Union (EU), which are the main instruments for reducing the economic and social disparities within the Union. The effective management of these proceeds entails good knowledge of the EU Funds’ requirements and thorough preparation at national, regional and local levels both by the public and private sectors, including the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
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