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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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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 »

Round table: Anti-Corruption Measures in Law Enforcement Institutions and Agencies
On 3 February 2015 the Centеr for the Study of Democracy (CSD), together with representatives of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), held a round table discussion on anti-corruption measures in law enforcement institutions. The goal of the discussion was tо develop instruments which can reliably monitor and assess the anti-corruption efforts of the Ministry of Interior. more »


Corruption Pressure and Involvement 2014

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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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"Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognized CIPE leaders and partners for their contributions to advancing business ethics. Ethisphere recognized Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman of the Center for Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, and Dr. Jesus Estanislao, Chairman of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors and the Institute for Solidarity in Asia. The Center for the Study of Democracy, a long-time CIPE partner, is a champion of anti-corruption efforts in Bulgaria and has played an integral role in the efforts to combat corruption, promote transparency and accountability."

CIPE Executive Director and Partners Honored in Ethisphere Business Ethics Ranking, CIPE website, 31 December, 2014

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