The Anti-Corruption Fund Foundationorganized a training seminar for investigative journalists

29.11 – 01.12.2019 The Anti-Corruption Fund Foundation with the support of the Embassy of The Netherlands organized a training seminar for investigative journalists. The event, which took place at the Starosel hotel gathered under one roof leading Bulgarian journalists and lecturers from The Netherlands.


Dr. Philip Gounev, Chairman of the Board of ACF, presented the work and achievements of the organization to a high-profile audience in Washington DC.

19 Nov 2019: The meeting brought together representative of the board of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, State Department officials, and private sector representatives. A number of influential think tanks also sent representatives: the Hudson Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and the National State Sector for State Courts. Also in attendance were former ambassadors to Bulgaria James Pardew and Roderick Moore.


In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Roderick Moore shared the concern about media independence and state capture which a wide range of stakeholders had expressed to him during a recent visit.


Dr. Gounev presented some of ACF’s recent key investigations and addressed the issue of US foreign policy and interests in countering corruption internationally, as well as in Bulgaria. He outlined the transformation over the years of the approach to corruption by successive Bulgarian administrations. Dr. Gounev highlighted the limited role of European institutions to monitor or contribute to the reduction of corruption in Bulgaria.


In the ensuing discussion, Ambassador James Pardew stressed that the United States government and the new US Ambassadors are still in a strong position to exert influence over the government in Bulgaria to tackle corruption. He also highlighted important instruments, such as withdrawal of visas for corrupt officials.


The discussion addressed other possible strategies or measures to address corruption including asset declarations of public officials, independence of media, judicial independence.


12 Nov 2019: Improving Business Competitiveness in Bulgaria

More than 70 business leaders, diplomats, and representatives of trade and business organizations gathered today in Sofia to discuss corruption prevention and detection.
In his lecture What CEOs Need to Know About Corruption Prevention & Detection: How to Limit Opportunities for Internal and External Malfeasance keynote speaker John L. Verna, CBA, CPA, CFE shared strategic advice with some of Bulgaria’s leading business decision-makers. Read more here


NGO Summer School 2019

ACF legal expert Lora Georgieva-Mateeva was one of 17 civic activists, participants in the eight edition of NGO Summer School 2019, which took place between 23 and 28 September. The event is organized by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

Training - II

On 10 November 2017, ACF held its first training in Sofia Municipality, following an invitation by Maria Achkova, mayor of the Sredetz district.

Training - III

ACF staff presented a lecture “How to prevent corruption and fraud” to students from AUBG as part of the university’s Politics Weeks, held between 20 – 24 November.