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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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Governance Practices in the Transition to a Low-carbon Future
Europe is at a crossroads in its transition towards a sustainable energy system, which aims to address challenges related to climate change, high levels of pollution and growing energy security concerns. more »

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 »


Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2018

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"There should be reconciliation between Western Balkan states", said the Director General of DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission Christian Danielsson during the international conference Democracy that Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans. "An element that is essential to have in mind is that the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries is a political choice on their side -- to use the opportunity that is there. What is called for is substantial reforms to address the issues relating to fighting corruption, issues relating to governance, issues relating to rule of law."

Christian Danielsson, EC: "There should be reconciliation between Western Balkan states", Information Agency Focus, 16 May, 2018



“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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