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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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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 »

 
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 »

 
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 »

 
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Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2017

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

En 2016, un autre rapport, signé du Center for the Study of Democracy à Sofia, indiquait qu'un adulte sur cinq était mêlé à une activité de corruption, en payant ou en acceptant un pot-de-vin.
 

En Bulgarie, une corruption endémique,  Le Journal du Dimanche, 1 janvier 2018

 

 
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“Republic of Macedonia has no alternative for EU and NATO integration. Over 75 percent of the citizens support EU and NATO integration. We share same values. We proved that Republic of Macedonia is a committed partner, during EU migrant crisis and many NATO missions since 2002. Our ambition is invitation to join NATO and to open accession negotiations with EU in 2018. We are ready both politically and institutionally.”

Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of Macedonia during the International Conference: Democracy That Delivers: Ten Years Later. Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans, Sofia, 16 May 2018

 

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