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IPED trains journalists, policemen and senior magistrates

With a seminar in Plovdiv on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September 2011 the Institute for Public Environment Development presented its project “Mobilization of the institutions and the civil resources for fair and free election process in Plovdiv, Kardzhali, Pernik, Petrich, Sozopol, Nessebar, Bansko and Sandanski”, funded by Foundation "America for Bulgaria".

The seminar was organized and conducted by the Institute. The main participants of the event were more than 30 journalists, representing the central and local Medias, regional directors of the Ministry of interior and chiefs of regional police departments in municipalities at risk, as well as regional and district prosecutors. The Institute presented in front of the participants the findings of their terrain research, regarding threats for the election process during the upcoming presidential and and local elections. The participants discussed the possibilities for cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and civil society in order to ensure the fair and free electoral process.

The event was opened by the Deputy Minister of the Interior of Bulgaria - Mr. Veselin Vuchkov. During the seminar, the Minister of the Interior – Tzvetan Tzvetanov also conducted a press conference about the risks for the election process with the attending journalists of central and local Medias.