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Making Democracy Deliver in the Western Balkans

In 2018 the EU, NATO and the countries from the Western Balkans have a unique chance to reinvigorate the Euro Atlantic perspective of the region. The European Commission has rightly prioritized the rule of law and security, including hybrid threats, in its new Enlargement Strategy. The accession of Montenegro to NATO and the opening up of EU accession prospects for Serbia and Montenegro have been a strong signal for political engagement with the Western Balkans. more »

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Countering Malign Russian Influence and Propaganda in Moldova
In the last years Russia has reinforced the use of media propaganda and disinformation as one of its major instruments for exercising malign influence over national internal and foreign policies in the Central and Eastern European countries, in favor of the Kremlin’s economic and political interests. more »

 
Decentralisation and democratisaion of Bulgaria’s energy sector: reaching EU’s main energy and climate goals
Lack of consistency in the field of energy policies, insufficient administrative capacity as well as heavy administrative and tax burdens are among the main obstacles preventing Bulgaria to unlock its huge potential for the decentralization of electricity generation. These were some of the points outlined by the speakers in the “Decentralisation and democratisaion of Bulgaria’s energy sector: reaching EU’s main energy and climate goals” round table. more »

 
Energy Security Risks and Energy Security Agenda in Southeast Europe
Overcoming the energy security risks of Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe including the widespread energy poverty, low energy efficiency and dependence on one supplier of oil and gas remains a distant perspective. The diversification of the natural gas supply has stalled and the liberalization of cross-border gas trading is yet to be unlocked. more »

 
Strengthening Cooperation in Energy Sector between Korea and Bulgaria
Тhe Center for the Study of Democracy together with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria organised the Korea-Bulgaria Energy Forum “Strengthening Cooperation in Energy Sector between Korea and Bulgaria”. more »

 
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Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2018

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

"The Center for the Study of Democracy, based in the capital, Sofia, outlined in a report last year a portrait of a state so riddled with graft that one in five adults, or 1.3 million people, were thought to have taken part in a corrupt transaction, such as paying or receiving a bribe."
 

Bulgarian Journalist, Host of Anticorruption TV Show, Is Raped and Killed, New York Times, 8 October 2018

 

 
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"Frauds became more complicated in order to hide criminal activities. … Fifteen years ago, if we were investigating, we would find that the criminal inserted one artificial fake company in the sub-contracting chain. Today, if we were to check the same structure we would find six, eight or ten levels of sub-contractors, including off-shore companies. We must follow the cash-flow and this means we have to adapt ourselves also to the new modus operandi. This is why it is very important for us to use innovative methods to investigate, to detect but also to prevent fraud and corruption."

Amira Szönyi, Head of Unit Agricultural and Structural Funds II, OLAF, during the International Conference: Standing Up To State Capture: Innovative Methods to Investigate Fraud and Corruption in EU Funding for Agriculture, Sofia, 13-14 September 2018

 

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