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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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Conference "Media as an Instrument for State Capture"
On March 11, 2015, the Centеr for the Study of Democracy, in partnership with the Media Program Southeast Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, held a conference on Media as an Instrument for State Capture. more »

CSD Policy Forum: Energy Security and Good Governance in Southeast Europe: Risks and Challenges Towards an EU Energy Union
On 24 February 2015, CSD organized in Brussels a policy forum addressing the main obstacles before the creation of the EU Energy Union, focusing in particular on governance implications for Southeastern Europe in the context of the sizable shifts in the national energy policy of individual member States and amid rising tensions with Russia. The event served as a platform for discussion of the future options for energy market integration in Southeast Europe, the challenges of local bad governance, and the obstacles before a regional energy strategy. more »

SELDI Policy Forum: Good Governance Agenda for Southeast Europe: the Role of Civil Society and the European Institutions
On 24 and 25 February 2015 SELDI presented the key findings and policy recommendations from the first two years of the initiative in Brussels. The conclusions from the SELDI Regional Anti-Corruption Report: Anti-Corruption Reloaded: Assessment of Southeast Europe were discussed with representatives of the civil society, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Given the major significance of the good governance and anti-corruption issue in Southeast Europe and the prospects of the countries from the region of joining the EU, the event aimed to contribute to promoting the civil society - state dialogue in identifying effective counter-measures and possibilities for future collaboration among all stakeholders. The forum charted the needed governance reforms to prepare the countries for accession once the enlargement freeze of the EU is lifted. more »

Workshop: Public Institutions’ and CSOs’ Role in Countering Tax Evasion and Fraud
On 18 February 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy, in collaboration with the Center for Research and Policy Making organized a workshop dedicated to the public institutions’ and CSOs’ role in countering tax evasion and fraud in Skopje. more »


Corruption Pressure and Involvement 2014

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Bulgaria is still plagued by “country-wide corruption, which a recent study by the Sofia-based think tank [Center for the Study of Democracy] found to be at its highest in 15 years, across civil and political sectors.”

Broken Dreams: The Aftermath of 25 Years of Democracy in Bulgaria, Time, 10 March 2015

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"Rule of law is the key underlying factor towards EU accession. The Union acknowledges that it is not a corruption-free area and has started to address the challenge accordingly, integrating the fight against corruption across the majority of EU policy areas. Corruption is neither solely political nor simply a moral issue but a practical problem generating significant financial losses and enabling organized crime. Thus the European Commission is continuously working to adopt innovative tools and approaches in pursue of strengthening the good governance in the region."

Mr. Morten Jung, Head of Unit, Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programming, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission at the SELDI Policy Forum: Good Governance Agenda for Southeast Europe: the Role of Civil Society and the European Institutions, 24 and 25 February 2015

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