By Kristian Angelov

« The main thesis in the report is that the impact of organized crime on the economy of the EU member states should be seen in the light of the contradictions that arise between globalization and the increasing tendencies of restarting the nation states. This methodological stance makes it possible to better outline these five criminal areas, the role of organized crime groups (OCGs) in them and the harmful consequences for the economic, social and political development of the EU.
We live in a time of serious radical changes in the world around us, which require accurate research diagnoses and sound hypotheses for the future development of modern societies. If our world survives today, it is because it has long understood the need for a new strategic vision for our long-term future. The great hopes that liberal thinkers placed on globalization, which as a locomotive would pull us out of stagnation, stagnation and inspire us with creative power in solving problems vital to our society, did not come true. We have also forgotten the long-known truth that capital willingly accepts the opportunity to reach huge, well-secured markets through globalization, and solving the pressing, vital problems of wage workers remains the responsibility of nation states. This fact reminds us in a remarkable image-emotional way of Zygmunt Baumann.
Organized crime has been developing rapidly since the beginning of the Bulgarian transition, which has never been clear whether it has ended, or more precisely when it will end. This transition is characterized by a deep economic crisis, high inflation and complete paralysis of law enforcement agencies. In the minds of the older generation of Bulgarians, this transition was associated with the expression « mutren times ». It was at this time that crime at all levels erupted, creating conditions for the permanent entrenchment of organized crime (OP) in the newly created business sector, and especially in the corrupt administrative and managerial sphere. This kind of contagion did not spare the political institutions either. The mentioned transition has left deep traces in today’s socio-economic development of the country, and it follows that it has an impact on the entire European Union. »

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