Ten Municipalities Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, IRI carried out VCA assessments in ten municipalities: Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Kardzhali, Pernik, Razgrad, Ruse, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo, and Vratsa.

The selection of assessment locales reflects the diversity of Bulgarian municipalities in terms of population size, political preference, economic make-up, geographical location, ethnic composition, and previously documented risks of corruption. The set of municipalities under study encompass large cities and small towns, primarily urban and primarily rural districts, communities dependent on agriculture, industry, and services, and areas with above average concentrations of ethnic minorities.


Based on VCA assessments in Bulgaria, IRI compiled a full report entitled “Assessing Municipal Vulnerabilities to Corruption in Bulgaria: An Examination of Ten Bulgarian Municipalities” in July 2022. In this report, IRI outlines not only key problem statements and tailored recommendations for each municipality, but also cross-cutting vulnerabilities and recommendations from findings across the country. IRI’s five cross-cutting findings are:

  1. Corruption prevention mechanisms are seldom used
  2. Transparency is practiced without attention to accessibility of information
  3. Unresponsive administrations lead to the use of informal channels
  4. Formal participation mechanisms cannot overcome citizen disengagement
  5. Civil society does not play a substantive role in municipal policy

For more information, find the full report linked below.


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