STRENGTHENING THE TRANSPARENCY OF BULGARIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BY IMPLEMENTATION A POLICY FOR MANAGING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST” PROJECT (2006)
The project has been financed by “PHARE” Programme of the European Union. The implementation of activities has commenced by December 2006; its duration has been 15 months.
The project aimed to promote development of the capacity of Bulgarian public administration to apply institutional and normative measures for limiting corruption within its work (provision of administrative services, organization of competitions for allocation of funding etc.), thereby increasing public confidence in administration and government institutions.
The specific goals of the project were:
- To research and specify the existing shortcomings within the current legislation and within the implementation of the law on conflict of interests and the application of ethical standards.
- To increase the capacity of officials, especially of high-ranking officials at national, regional and local level, over the policy consistency on managing the conflicts of interests.
- To develop indicators for transparency and accountability in the work of public administration as a reliable method of assessing the implementation of new mechanisms and practices for better management of conflict of interests in public administration.
The main directions of activity of the project implementation were:
- Comparative legal study of Bulgarian and international legislation related to the regulation of conflict of interests;
- Empiric sociological research of practices and mechanisms of supervision implementation over the conflict of interests in state and municipal administration;
- Holding of a round table and a training seminar with the participation of government officials, NGOs and media;
- Publication and distribution of a guide to managing the conflict of interests.