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CSD awarded five stars from Transparify
In the 2016 Transparify ranking, the Center for the Study of Democracy is awarded five stars for a second time, along with two SELDI members from Montenegro – the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) and Institute Alternative (IA). Transparify, a non-profit initiative based in Georgia (Caucasus), provides the first-ever global rating of the financial transparency of 200 major think tanks in 47 countries. more »
 
Strengthening Resilience to Corruption and State Capture in Southeast Europe
The past year has vividly exposed governance vulnerabilities in Southeast Europe and how they threaten to undermine the region’s European perspective. The migration crisis, the economic stagnation, and the Russia-EU geopolitical stand-off have shown the need to reinvigorate the European Union’s engagement with the region. A critical part of this engagement remains the need to reduce corruption and state-capture vulnerabilities in Southeast Europe, in particular in the energy sector. more »
 
Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2016
The Center for the Study of Democracy presented the results of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016. In 2016, Bulgaria ranks 50th out of 61 economies, while in 2015 it ranked 55th. more »
 
State Capture: Drivers, Outcomes and Measurement
The Center for the Study of Democracy, coordinator of the SELDI initiative and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)held a workshop: State Capture: Drivers, Outcomes and Measurement in Istanbul, Turkey, on 3-4 December 2015 with the support of the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations. The workshop gathered leading European and US anti-corruption and good governance experts to refine the definition of state capture and identify potential ways to measure the phenomenon, including in particular sectors, such as energy, banking, telecommunications, etc. more »
 
Enhancing CSOs Advocacy Efforts for Countering Corruption in Critical Sectors in SEE: Leveraging the EU Accession Process and State of the Art Research
On 29-30 October 2015 the SELDI and ANTICORRP initiatives organized one and half day conference in Podgorica to discuss with local and regional stakeholders the best methods for transforming the existing cutting-edge anti-corruption and good governance research into efficient policy and advocacy tools. The participants focused on the role of the civil society in evaluating the impact of current anti-corruption measures and stressed on the need of stronger collaboration with the public institutions, the media, and the general public. more »
 
Detecting and Tackling Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion and Corruption in Direct Taxation
On 15 – 16 October 2015 CSD organised a visit of Swiss Federal Tax Administration experts in Bulgaria. Mr. Emanuel Lauber, Head of the Division of Penal Affairs and Investigations and Mr. Dieter Krähenbühl, Deputy Team Leader of the Division of Penal Affairs and Investigations took part in the Annual Meeting of the National Revenue Office, giving a lecture on the 15th to an audience of some 50 tax office directors, senior inspectors from the regional offices and the central office leadership followed up by a working meeting with the directors of the risk assessment and policy analysis directorates. more »
 
Hidden economy in Bulgaria: data, trends and analyses
On October 16, 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted an academic data confrontation seminar on hidden economy in Bulgaria. The seminar brought together leading researchers and practitioners to discuss different methodologies, empirical data and estimates of hidden economy in Bulgaria. more »
 
Tackling the Hidden Economy: Employing Best EU Policy Practices for Growth and Jobs
Macedonia features in many discussions as a country with high hidden economy. The European Commission has repeatedly voiced its concerns in its regular country reports about the size and proliferation of hidden economy practices. Undeclared work is of particular concern to the authorities, provided the very high and stubborn levels of official unemployment. more »
 
Preparation and Improvement of the Draft National Program for Prevention and Reduction of Corruption and Prevention and Reduction of Conflict of Interest 2016 – 2019
On 9 September 2015 Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, SELDI Coordinator and Director of the Economic Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Ms. Emina Nuredinoska, Director Civil Society at SELDI partner MCIC, met with the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption in Skopje to provide input to the next Anticorruption Strategy. more »
 
Making Bulgaria’s Anticorruption Policy Work: Sharing Experiences from European Success Stories
The challenge of corruption stands high on the political agenda, both in Bulgaria and on EU level. Experience shows that successful action against corruption is not preceded by improvement of economic conditions, on the contrary – designing and implementing effective anticorruption policies is the precondition for economic growth. more »
 

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