In Bulgaria, as part of the “Effective Combat Against Corruption” project funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) partners with the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives (BILI). BILI focuses on preventing abuse of state resources in elections and improving training for auditors and political party financial managers in coordination with the National Audit Office, clarifying criteria for judicial remunerations in cooperation with the Supreme Judicial Council and strengthening judicial mentorship programs and judicial ethics training in coordination with the National Institute of Justice.

Through IFES’ Regional Europe program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bulgarian election professionals and civil society actors are also engaged in a number of activities designed to support democratic resilience, especially related to cybersecurity, information integrity and anti-corruption.

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