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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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Financing of Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
Trafficking in human beings (THB) for the purpose of sexual exploitation has become one of the largest Bulgarian criminal markets since the beginning of the new millennium. Trafficking and prostitution not only generate huge incomes for Bulgarian organised crime but also have detrimental social and economic impact on local communities. more »

Priorities for the National Energy and Climate Plan until 2030: decentralization and decarbonization
Тhe Center for the Study of Democracy welcomed representatives from all relevant institutions on a round table discussion: “Priorities for the National Energy and Climate Plan until 2030: decentralization and decarbonization”. Experts from CSD presented the key trends and obstacles towards Bulgaria’s energy decentralization, based on the three SEERMAP scenarios for the development of the electricity sector in Southeast Europe. more »

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 »


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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