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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 PRIORITIES
  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: Europe and Energy Security: The Coming Winter and Beyond
On 28 October 2014, the Center for Study of Democracy organized a round table with Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf, Professor from the US National War College. She presented her research titled “Europe and Energy Security: The Coming Winter and Beyond”, which was followed by a discussion with the participants. more »

 
International conference: Energy Security and State Capture Risks
On 27 October 2014 the Center for Study of Democracy and the Southeast Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI) organized an international conference on Energy Security and State Capture Risks in Europe with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Department and DG Enlargement. The event served as a platform for discussion of the main problems of the common European energy security amidst the continuing conflict in eastern Ukraine and state capture as a specific security risk factor for the countries of Southeast Europe. more »

 
TeliaSonera Business Day 2014: Exploring the Shadow Economy Around the World
On 8 October 2014, CSD presented its experience in measuring the hidden economy in Bulgaria at the TeliaSonera Business Day: Exploring the Shadow Economy Around the World. The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the TeliaSonera Institute at SSE Riga and Telia Sonera were the hosts of the event. more »

 
States and States of Informality in Europe: Current and Future Perspectives
On 4 September 2014 in Sofia, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in cooperation with the Sheffield University Management School (UK) and the Institute of Public Finance (Croatia) organised an international Marie Curie conference on tackling the Informal economy and undeclared work in Europe. more »

 
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Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2013 – 2014

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

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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“The Ukraine crisis has also reminded us that energy security can be an issue of national security, not just for Ukraine, but for many other allies as well. Russia will remain the major supplier to Europe, there is no doubt about it, but once alternatives are in place, Russia will become more flexible when negotiating on price and contract terms.”

Mr. Michael Ruehle, Head, Energy Security Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Headquarters at the International conference: Energy Security and State Capture Risks, 27 October 2014, Sofia

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