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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 2014
In 2014 CSD continues to focus on unfinished domestic reforms and international challenges to the country. more »

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Round Table "Energy (In)Security in Bulgaria: National Policy and European Perspectives"
On 25 July 2014, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) presented its report on Energy Sector Governance and Energy (In)Security in Bulgaria. more »

 
Public discussion "Management and disposal of seized and confiscated criminal assets in EU countries"
On 11 July 2014, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a public discussion on "Management and disposal of seized and confiscated criminal assets in EU countries". The aim of the discussion was to review the current state of play, significance and recent developments in this field. more »

 
SELDI Policy Advocacy Workshop: Improving Governance in Southeast Europe: a Civil Society Update and New Public-Private Partnership Solutions
On 20 June 2014 the SELDI network held an Policy Advocacy Workshop: Improving Governance in Southeast Europe: a Civil Society Update and New Public-Private Partnership Solutions in Istanbul, Turkey. During the workshop, the SELDI partners presented and discussed the preliminary findings of the regional Corruption Monitoring System and the national Corruption Assessment Reports carried out in nine countries in 2014. more »

 
Round Table: Energy Security in the Black Sea Region in the Wake of the Ukrainian Crisis
On 10 June 2014, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) co-hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. the roundtable Energy Security in the Black Sea Region in the Wake of the Ukrainian Crisis. The former Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr. Boyko Borisov was a keynote speaker at the roundtable. Other participants included U.S. businesses, representatives of embassies of Black Sea and Central and East European countries, Washington based policy institutes and academics. more »

 
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Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2013 – 2014

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

The strategy to cut off the transfer of knowledge in the energy industry has worked in the past. But the impact of technology sanctions is slow, and it could take a decade to feel the full effect. In a way its impact depends on Russia's perception as to what the negative consequences will be. And it seems they do not deem it important for the time being. Russia is more resilient, and it has withstood in the past such cut offs, but, nevertheless, the end result is not good for the country and its economic development.

Ruslan Stefanov: US-EU sanctions: Why they target Russian energy of tomorrow, not today, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 July 2014

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“The report of the Center for the Study of Democracy on Energy Sector Governance and Energy (In)Security in Bulgaria offers an in-depth analytical perspective on the Bulgarian energy sector and highlights some of the main challenges that the country faces if it is to diversify its energy sources. The report also provides a useful tool for working towards a common EU energy policy based on competitiveness, security of energy supply, and sustainability. We are delighted to have had the privilege of hosting one of the two public discussions in Washington, DC, featuring this newly released and groundbreaking report earlier this month under the aegis of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program.” 

Mr. Christian F. Ostermann, Wilson Center  during the public discussion Energy Security in the Black Sea Region, Washington, DC, 19 June 2014 

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