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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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SELDI Policy Advocacy Workshop: Countering Corruption and State Capture for Transparent Energy Governance in SEE
On 28 April 2015, the SELDI initiative will hold in Belgrade a policy advocacy workshop dedicated to corruption and energy governance. The event marks the beginning of SELDI’s work in delivering anti-corruption solutions in the energy sector in Southeast Europe. more »

National Seminar: Combating child trafficking among vulnerable communities
On March 31, 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a national seminar to present the national report on Bulgaria “Child trafficking among vulnerable communities”. more »

Training: Models for Supporting Roma Child Victims of Trafficking with the Aid of Community-based Services
On March 30, 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a training session entitled Models for Supporting Roma Child Victims of Trafficking with the Aid of Community-based Services. more »

Expert workshop: Theory and implementation of the Integrated Anti-Corruption Enforcement Monitoring Tool
On 31 March 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted an expert workshop, intended to present and discuss the final version of the Integrated Anti-Corruption Enforcement Monitoring Toolkit (MONAC tool) along with the results from the pilot testing of the instrument. 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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