Media Coverage of Coalition 2000 Activities (October 1998)

I. Publications in National Newspapers

Democratsia daily

October 16, 1998 - The Civic Society Is the Strongest Barrier Before Corruption

In this interview the Member of Parliament, Naiden Zelenogosky, talks about the efforts of Bulgarian society to fight corruption. He describes both governmental policies against corruption and non-governmental anti-corruption initiatives, such as Coalition 2000.

October 20, 1998 - Corruption As an Obstacle to Economic Development

The author Maria Prohaska, who is the Coordinator of the Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy, which is one of the founders of the Coalition 2000 process, examines the negative effects of corruption on economic growth by listing some of the most important consequences of corruption. She concludes that achieving economic growth and increasing investment activity is only possible if a consistent economic policy is conducted aimed at liberalization and deregulation of the economy and privatization of state assets.

Kontinent daily

October 8, 1998 - NGOs Discuss the Role of Non-governmental Organizations in the Fight against Corruption

October 16, 1998 - The Government Should Do More to Solve the Corruption Problem

Interview with Prof. Ernesto Savona, author of the Report for Bulgaria within the framework of the Octopus project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission to help the fight against corruption and organized crime in states in transition. In the interview Prof. Savona encourages the efforts of civic society in Bulgaria to fight crime and corruption and welcomes the corruption assessment surveys of Coalition 2000.

October 23, 1998 - Who Will Inform Society about Corruption?

The author Emil Tsenkov, a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy which is among the founders of Coalition 2000, discusses the restricted access to information about the work of public administration and the effect of these restrictions on corrupt practices.

Kapital weekly

October 31 - November 6, 1998 - An Anti-Corruption Policy Is Needed

The author Evgenii Dainov, a Director of the Centre for Social Practices and a member of the Steering Committee of Coalition 2000, claims that it is wrong to believe that corruption is a problem of developing states, which would be solved automatically by applying mechanisms and institutions leading to the transformation of those countries into developed ones. Instead of becoming developed, developing states quite often turn into laggards. This is largely due to the existence of large scale corruption. Economic liberalization and the retreat of the state from redistribution of resources are not sufficient to eliminate corruption. What is needed is a consistent state policy directed at introducing rules of behavior that limit corrupt practices. The author believes that those claiming that corruption cannot be measured are wrong. The willingness of citizens to take part in corrupt practices is a measure for the corruptibility of the environment.

Cash weekly

October 23, 1998 - Corruption or the Hidden Enemy to Economic Growth

The author Ivan Vlahov, who is a member of the Coalition 2000 Secretariat, discusses the economic costs of corruption and provides examples of its negative effects on economies in transition. The conclusion of the author is that the Bulgarian government should make a choice between corruption and economic growth. In this respect non-governmental initiatives, such as Coalition 2000, can provide valuable help.

II. Publications in Regional Newspapers

Trakia Trud

October 16, 1998 - Coalition 2000 Builds a Wall against Corruption

Interview with the Coordinator of the Coalition 2000, Emil Georgiev, in which he lists the areas of Bulgarian administration that are most vulnerable to corruption - licensing committees and agencies, tax offices, public procurement offices and the judiciary. Mr. Georgiev outlines the measures to curb corrupt practices included in the Anti-Corruption Action Plan of Coalition 2000.

Lom Press

October 23, 1998 - Coalition 2000 Declares War on Corruption

Sapernik Dnes

October 24 - 30, 1998 - The War in Yugoslavia Demands That We Unite Our Efforts against Corruption

Interview with the Coordinator of the Coalition 2000, Emil Georgiev, in which he describes the process of establishment of the coalition, its objectives and its achievements until now.