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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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Training Module ‘The Status of Victims of Crime in Criminal Proceedings and Their Access to Legal Aid’
On 20 March 2014 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a training module on ‘The Status of Victims of Crime in Criminal Proceedings and Their Access to Legal Aid’ where judges, prosecutors, attorneys and representatives of the Ministry of Justice participated. more »

 
Delegation from the International Department of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) Visits CSD
On March 17th 2014, a delegation from the International Department of the Communist Party of China lead by Ambassador Zhou Li, Vice Minister, visited CSD. more »

 
Public Discussion: Corruption and Anti-corruption in Bulgaria (2012-2013)
On 29 November 2013, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation presented CSD’s annual policy brief on “Corruption and Anti-corruption in Bulgaria 2012 – 2013”, as well as the latest results from the Corruption Monitoring system, developed by CSD and the sociological agency Vitosha Research. more »

 
Public Discussion: Hidden Economy in Bulgaria 2012-2013
On 20 November 2013 the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation presented CSD’s annual report on the Hidden Economy Index for the period 2012 – 2013. The event was attended by representatives of government agencies, non-governmental and international organizations, diplomatic missions and local media. more »

 
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The regulation of RES created a regulatory chaos at the outset, with the constant back-dated changes and the search for partial solutions, which is now coming back as a boomerang. This once again shows lack of capacity in the regulator, severed links and dialogue within the system between the separate enterprises. The observed escalation and public discussions about withdrawal of licenses indicates that retention of growth in electricity prices without seeking structural changes in the energy system cannot remain without consequences.

R. Stefanov: The Created Regulatory Chaos is a Problem of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission and the Government, Bulgarian National Radio, 19 March 2014

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"I would like to congratulate the organisers of this event for their laborious effort that allowed them to gather here leading figures of the European legal practice to speak and discuss on such an important and modern-day issue as the risks and impacts that fraud and corruption create on public procurement all over our continent.  … It is widely acknowledged that corruption has the natural power to continuously change its characteristics. Over the last few decades, its presence has increased in public administration becoming a source of serious and systematic loss to public budgets. And it is also true that few activities create greater temptations or offer more opportunities for bribery and extortion than public sector procurement."

Mr. Nikolas Kanellopoulos, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights in Greece at the International Seminar: EU Financial Interests under Threat: New Approaches in Assessing the Risks from Public Procurement and EU Funds Fraud, 31 October – 1 November 2013

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