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Daniela Mineva

Senior Analyst
Economic Program


Master's degree in Macroeconomics, University of National and World Economy, Sofia  


Daniela Mineva has 17 years of experience with EU and other donors financed projects in the areas of anti-corruption, management of EU funds and Cohesion policy, innovation policy, competitiveness and hidden economy. She has participated in the development of a number of national S&T policy related documents: e.g. the Regional Innovation Strategy for the South-West region of Bulgaria, Annual Reports on the Bulgarian National Innovation Policy 2006 and 2007, commissioned by the Ministry of Economy and Energy, analytical report, e-Bulgaria report. She is country correspondent at the European Commission's information platform on European, national and regional research systems and policies - ERAWATCH. In 2009 she participated in the projects “Contribution of policies at the regional level to the realisation of the European Research Area” and “European Observatory of Research-Active Universities and National Public Research Funding Agencies”. She has worked on a Feasibility study on establishing a European platform for cooperation between labour inspectorates, and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies, to prevent and fight undeclared work.

In 2010 and 2011 she worked on the Regional Innovation Monitor project, an initiative of the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry and on the project “Delivering Policy Analysis on the Performance of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013”, with a focus on innovations, energy efficiency and RES, financed by DG Regional Policy. In 2012-2013 Ms Mineva participated in two projects related to the development of the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Bulgaria. Since November 2012 she is involved in the project Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe: Capacity Building for Monitoring, Advocacy and Awareness Raising (SELDI), funded under IPA Civil Society Facility Framework Partnership Agreements and DG NEAR. The SELDI initiative ( includes 34 CSOs partners and 5 anticorruption agencies from the Western Balkans, aiming to contribute to a dynamic civil society in the region, capable of participating in public debate and influencing policy and decision-making process in the area of anti-corruption and good governance. Since 2016 she is also implementing a Service Contract to Support the European Platform tackling undeclared work, which analyses the possibilities for collaboration between public bodies and social partners from different European countries in tackling undeclared work, irregular migration, social securities and tax fraud, social dumping, etc. The project is commissioned by DG Employment and implemented by the ICF Consulting Services Ltd. She is also involved in the project State Capture Estimation and Monitoring of Anticorruption Policies at the Sectoral level (SceMaps) since 2019.

Research Focus

Anti-Corruption, Informal Economy, Innovation Policy, Management of EU Funds and Cohesion policy, Competitiveness and Business Environment

Selected publications

  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Practitioners’ toolkit: Cross-border concerted and joint inspections, 2020;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Practitioner toolkit: Information Tools and Approaches to Reach out to Workers and Companies in the Fight against Undeclared Work, 2018;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Toolkit on Risk Assessments for more efficient inspections as a means to tackle undeclared work, 2018;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Medium-Scale Study: Evasion of Taxes and Social Security Contributions, 2018;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Medium-Scale Study: Measuring Cross-Border Undeclared Work, 2018;  
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Learning Resource: Risk Assessments for More Efficient Inspections, 2018;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Learning resource paper: Information Tools and Approaches to Reach Out to Workers and Companies in the Fight against Undeclared Work, 2018;
  • European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Practitioner’s Toolkit: Drafting, Implementing, Reviewing and Improving Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding to Tackle Undeclared Work, 2017;
  • SELDI, Hidden Economy and Good Governance in Southeast Europe Regional Assessment Report, 2016;
  • SELDI, Shadow Power: Assessment of Corruption and Hidden Economy in Southeast Europe, 2016;
  • SELDI, Energy Governance and State Capture Risks in Southeast Europe: Regional Assessment Report, 2016;
  • CRPM, CSD, Monitoring the Hidden Economy in Macedonia: Trends and Policy Options, 2015 (co-editor);
  • CRPM, CSD, Background Analysis on the Spread and Trends of Hidden Economy in Macedonia, 2015 (co-editor);
  • SELDI, CSD, Anti-Corruption Reloaded: Assessment of Southeast Europe, 2014;
  • Bulgarian Corruption Assessment Report: Anti-Corruption Policies against State Capture, CSD, SELDI, 2014;
  • SELDI Background Document 2: Corruption and Anticorruption Monitoring Instruments in Southeast Europe, November 2013 (co-author);
  • SELDI Background Document 1: Recent Developments and New Prospects: Major Corruption Challenges in Southeast Europe, May 2013 (co-author);
  • SELDI Policy Brief 1: Major Corruption Challenges in South-East Europe, May 2013 (co-author);
  • SELDI Strategy and Action Agenda for Good Governance and Anticorruption in Southeast Europe, 2013 (co-author);
  • 2013 report, ARC Fund, 2013 (co-author);
  • 2011 report, ARC Fund, 2010 (co-author);
  • Knowledge and Advisory Services Program on Innovation: Smart Specialization Strategy Report, The World Bank, January 2013 (contributor);
  • RTDI Evaluation Standards: Research, Technological Development and Innovation Evaluation Standards, Published by EVAL-INNO (Fostering Evaluation Competencies in Research, Technology and Innovation in the SEE Region), 2012, (co-author);
  • 2012: ICT and Innovation Demand, ARC Fund, 2012 (working group);
  • Bulgaria Country Report on Achievements of Cohesion Policy, DG Regional Policy, a report to the European Commission Directorate-General Regional Policy, 2011;
  • ERAWATCH Analytical country report 2010: Bulgaria, ERAWATCH Network, 2010 (co-author);
  • Policy Paper on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Residential Housing, DG Regional Policy, 2011 (co-author);
  • Bulgaria Country Report on Achievements of Cohesion Policy, DG Regional Policy, November 2010 (co-author);
  • Delivering Policy Analysis on the Performance of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, Policy Paper on Innovation: Bulgaria, DG Regional Policy, August 2010 (co-author);
  • 2010, ARC Fund, 2010 (co-author);
  • Innovation and Research in Bulgaria on the Eve of EU Accession: Lessons from a Peer Country – AUSTRIA, Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Forschung, Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Graz-Wien, Austrian Science and research Liaison Office Sofia and ARC Fund, 2007 (co-author);
  • Annual Reports on the State and Development of Innovation Policy in Bulgaria 2007, Ministry of Economy and Energy (co-author).


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