The Anti-Corruption Fund works in the interests of civil society to investigate, prevent and disrupt corruption at all levels in Bulgaria, including specifically at high levels of government. Corruption undermines the state and harms society. Abuse of power and undue political influence raise the threat of kleptocracy, while neglect of the long-term goals of society results in unprosperous economic development and harms the nation. The Anti-Corruption Fund’s team monitors all manifestations of corruption, and also closely scrutinizes Bulgaria’s regulatory bodies – both for signs of inefficiency, and for deliberate silence and inactivity in carrying out their statutory roles.

Our experts are ready to respond to all credible alerts of institutional corruption and to monitor what action has been taken and the results that have been achieved. The fight against corruption requires an engaged society, a strong non-governmental sector, a truly independent media and robust legal oversight. By working together towards a shared common purpose, our intolerance of corruption can transform the landscape to deliver transparency across public institutions and procedures, improve governance in the public sector, and increase political accountability. We will not tolerate corruption. Ensure that you don’t either!

Criminal Procedure Code

  • “Article 204 Cooperation by the public
    Pre-trial bodies shall widely use the assistance of the public in order to discover the criminal offence and to elucidate the circumstances of the case.”
  • “Article 205 Obligation of the citizens and officials to notify
    (1) Where they come to know about a perpetrated publicly actionable criminal offence the citizens shall be publicly obligated to notify forthwith a body of pre-trial proceedings or another state body.
    (2) Where they come to know about a perpetrated publicly actionable criminal offence the officials must notify forthwith the body of pre-trial proceedings and take the necessary measures for the preservation of the general setup and data about the crime.”

Rules of Professional Ethics

  • ACF works only with legal means in public interest. Our core mission is to fight corruption and to support public institutions in Republic of Bulgaria.
  • Everyone is presumed innocent until otherwise proven. While conducting checks and investigations we do not publish the names of the persons under investigation until the final proof or rejection of doubts. Personal names will be announced only after reasonable proofs and confirmations for committed crimes or violations.
  • Signals are not processed in cases of private interest, potential conflict of interests or connected persons on the side of the members of the Board or the experts of the organization.
  • The Fund processes and investigates signals, including anonymous signals. Each anonymous signal is checked for its credibility.
  • We work in public benefit, not in pursuing our own publicity and popularity.
  • Anonymous signals, received by the ACF, remain confidential and their senders remain anonymous and protected. On our web site we publish the means allowing senders and sources to remain anonymous and confidential.
  • Investigations and legal analyses are conducted respecting the principles of responsibility, objectivity, impartiality and neutrality. When necessary, we rely on external expertise provided by neutral experts.
  • The ACF guarantees the confidentiality of its sources and external experts, and considers their trust as being of key importance for conducting its mission.
  • We do not accepts donations which may compromise our independence in conducting our checks, investigations and other activities.
  • The members of the Board and the experts are obeying the rules and respecting the values of the organization.