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Energy Security and Energy Governance

The governance of Bulgaria’s energy sector is faced with a number of problems of a technical, legal, and institutional nature. Recent audits of the implementation of large energy infrastructure projects have exposed some serious governance issues. more »

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  CSD Thematic Areas for 2015
In 2015 CSD continues to focus on unfinished domestic reforms and international challenges to the country. more »

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International Conference "Re-socialization of Offenders in the European Union: Enhancing the Role of Civil Society"
On 19 January 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy held an international conference on "Re-socialization of Offenders in the European Union: Enhancing the Role of Civil Society" with the participation of experts from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Italy, legal professionals and representatives of state institutions and civil society in Bulgaria. more »

Round Table: Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism Threats in Europe
On 8 January 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table discussion on countering radicalisation and terrorism threats in Europe. The keynote presenter at the event was Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. more »

Eleventh Anti-Corruption Policy Forum: Anti-Corruption Policies against State Capture
On 11 December 2014 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized the Eleventh Anti-Corruption Policy Forum. During the event CSD presented and discussed the Corruption Assessment Report: Anti-Corruption Policies against State Capture. In this tenth report, the Center for the Study of Democracy provides an overview of the state of corruption and anticorruption in Bulgaria in 2013 – 2014. more »

Workshops: The Hidden Economy in Macedonia
On 27-28 November 2014 the Center for Research and Policy Making, Macedonia and the Center for the Study of Democracy organized two workshops aiming to empower the Macedonian civil society and the relevant government authorities to monitor and tackle the hidden economy. The first day was dedicated to tackling undeclared work in Macedonia, and the possibilities for utilizing local and European experience, and the second day focused on strengthening the media reporting on hidden economy and corruption. more »


Corruption Pressure and Involvement 2014

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Yet a grandiose pipeline project means little to ordinary Bulgarians getting by on a monthly salary of €400 or less, said Ognian Shentov, chairman of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a Sofia think-tank. “There’s a lot of resentment against the oligarchs but no critical mass of opposition – they (the oligarchs) are a concern of the chattering class, not of people who are struggling to pay their electricity bills,” Mr Shentov said.

Bulgarians go to the polls amid discontent, Financial Times, 3 October 2014

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"Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognized CIPE leaders and partners for their contributions to advancing business ethics. Ethisphere recognized Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman of the Center for Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, and Dr. Jesus Estanislao, Chairman of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors and the Institute for Solidarity in Asia. The Center for the Study of Democracy, a long-time CIPE partner, is a champion of anti-corruption efforts in Bulgaria and has played an integral role in the efforts to combat corruption, promote transparency and accountability."

CIPE Executive Director and Partners Honored in Ethisphere Business Ethics Ranking, CIPE website, 31 December, 2014

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