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Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2018
According to the 2018 World Competitiveness Yearbook of the Institute for Management Development (IMD, Switzerland), the Bulgarian economy, being driven by the EU, is slowly, though unimpressively, recovering. In 2018, Bulgaria ranks 48th out of 63 economies, an improvement of seven positions compared to 2015, but a decline compared to 2007. more »
 
Democracy That Delivers: Ten Years Later. Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans
The Western Balkans have made continued progress in addressing rule of law and governance issues since the turn of the century. The advancement has been made possible thanks primarily to triangulation of reforms, led by local civil society, reformist minded politicians, and external aid. The Corruption Monitoring System of the Southeast European Leadership for Development and Integrity, has shown that corruption pressure on citizens in the Western Balkans has declined by 15 percentage points between 2000 and 2016 but at 26% remains unacceptably high. more »
 
Promoting EU-Russia Non-governmental Cooperation
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) hosted a networking meeting with non-governmental stakeholders to discuss options for possible collaborative activities that facilitate EU-Russia dialogue on civil society and law-related issues. The meeting was held on the margins of the 8th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) which is taking place on 15-18 May 2018 in Sofia. more »
 
Enhancing the Integration of Women, Beneficiaries of International Protection by Development and Implementation of Multifaceted Integration Trainings
In the context of increasing refugee inflows in the European continent it becomes highly relevant to propose and implement practical actions responding to existing gaps in migrant/ refugee integration across the EU member states. Center for the Study of Democracy launched an initiative to enhance the Integration of women, beneficiaries of international protection by development and implementation integration trainings. more »
 
Countering Corruption in the Private Sector
The problem of private corruption is relatively new to corruption research, since traditionally corruption is seen as a public sector phenomenon associated with the use and abuse of public power, rather than with the operations of the private sector. The results from the first systematic study and report on private corruption in Bulgaria, implemented by the Center for the Study of Democracy, show that there are phenomena and practices in the private sector, which are to a large extent similar to the ones taking place in the overall corruption environment in the country. more »
 
South East Europe Electricity Roadmap until 2050: Decarbonization and Decentralization
Bulgaria faces the challenge to adapt the dynamically evolving European strategies and policies for a low carbon economy to its national priorities. The process of reaching the targets set by the EC reflects the regional characteristics of SEE and the technological potential of the Bulgarian economy and energy sector, which causes some tension between the market players, consumers and stakeholders, thus hindering adequate policy formulation and implementation. more »
 
The Illicit Tobacco Market: Limits to Institutional Enforcement
The trade in illegal tobacco products contributes to significant loss in state budget revenue for many countries. The traditionally high levels of illicit tobacco product’s consumption in Bulgaria have brought about an estimated BGN 4.83 billion in VAT and excise tax losses for the last ten years. The concerted efforts of Bulgarian authorities have brought about a significant reduction in the market for illicit cigarettes since 2015. more »
 
Mapping the Links between Russian Influence and Media Capture in the Black Sea Countries
The growth of Russian economic influence and propaganda in the media of Central and East European countries has become evident in recent years. To address these issues, CSD has engaged in analyzing the Russian economic footprint and ownership links in the media sector. The preliminary results show several similarities as well as differences between different CEE countries in the “tools” used by Russian-controlled media for disseminating content and political messages. more »
 
Tackling Foreign Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans
Тhe European Endowment for Democracy (EED) hosted the panel Tackling Foreign Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans in cooperation with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Jerzy Pomianowski, EED Executive Director, opened the event. more »
 
Foreign Meddling in the Western Balkans: Guarding against Economic Vulnerabilities
The Center for the Study of Democracy participated at a briefing at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, held in Washington D.C. The participants in the briefing noted that malign outside influence in the Western Balkans, in particular by Russia, is of increasing concern. The lack of a strong legal framework makes countries in the region especially vulnerable to foreign capital that can be used to sow instability, undermine integration, and delay democratic development. more »
 

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