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The Black Book of Government Waste in Bulgaria 2016

  “How is this possible?” This is a question that very often came to our minds while compiling the cases for this publication. The Black Book of wasted taxpayers’ money is now presented in it’s second edition. After the tremendous positive feedback in 2015, the organisations behind this project have decided to continue with this project. There seems to be no shortage of examples where the money that citizens and companies

Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance

Long queues,  limited working hours, crippling bureaucracy, lost or damaged papers and ultimately  remaining unheard when reaching out to the public administration. A story, most can relate to. Many still face the bureaucratic hurdles on a daily basis, but others have completely crossed them out. The introduction of ICT in governance brought about a new level of public services, making all aspects of public action more effective, transparent, and immediate,

Employment and Social Entrepreneurship Support Policies for Roma and Refugees in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s population is aging and shrinking. Labor Market demands are shifting quickly from low skill to high skill. Twenty percent of Bulgaria’s youth are NEEDS (not in employment or education). Almost 50% of Roma in the country have primary or lower education. On the other hand, continuously growing numbers of refugees, some with unique technical skill sets, will continue to come into the country and need to be integrated into

Wir suchen eine Finanzadministratorin / einen Finanzadministrator für die Projekte in Südosteuropa

Das Büro Südosteuropa der Stiftung mit Sitz in Sofia sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine Finanzadministratorin / einen Finanzadministrator für die Projekte in Südosteuropa in Teilzeit (20 Stunden / Woche) Tätigkeiten u.a.: Finanzplanung in Projekten sowie die Budgetierung von Maßnahmen Abrechnung aller Projektaktivitäten Prüfung und Sicherstellung der Abrechnungsfähigkeit von Ausgaben Controlling der Buchhaltung für die einzelnen Projektländer Cash Management verschiedener Projekte Prüfung von Geschäftsvorfällen in den Projekten entsprechend den internen und externen Vorgaben Beschaffung und

Europe & Liberty 2016 – A Great Intellectual Experience in the Mountains

Are there limits to free speech? Should we recognise intellectual property? Why do libertarians disagree? These were just a few of the tough questions that were extensively discussed during the sixth consecutive summer school “Europe & Liberty”. Held between 31 July and 6 August in the picturesque mountain village of Bansko in Bulgaria, this event was the next step of the successful collaboration by the Institute for Market Economics (IME),

Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance in Romania

Experience sharing in the area of e-Governance among experts from Estonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Romania in search for the best working practices for successful introduction of e-reforms. This was the overarching topic set for discussion at the ELF Workshop “Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance in Romania”. The event was the second of two expert workshops within the ELF annual project, supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Southeast

Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance in Bulgaria

Held in the conference premises of the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 6th July 2016, the workshop “Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance in Bulgaria” was the first of two within the framework of the annual ELF project “Re-Designing Public Services for the 21st Century – e-Governance in Southeast Europe”. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Southeast Europe supported ELF with the organisation of the

UN: Searching for the Next Secretary-General – an Opportunity for Southeast Europe?

With less than six months until the date when the successor of Ban Ki-moon will be named, the candidates for the UN`s first have already started their campaigns. The candidate list includes four male and four female competitors, most of whom come from East and Southeast Europe. Bearing in mind the rotational regional representation and the growing pressure within the General Assembly for the election of a female UN Secretary-General,

Economic Empowerment of Women: A Change with Velvet Gloves

How to foster female entrepreneurship and leadership in a country where women represent only 10% of the top-management staff? How to encourage women to make the first step towards economic independence? These were the topics of the conference “A Change with Velvet Gloves”, organised by Forbes Magazine Bulgaria and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, together with the Forbes Women Society, on 10 May in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The event gathered

Free Market RoadShow 2016 – A Time for Change in Europe

While the ranks of critics of modern capitalistic society increase, a new economic model based on shared goods and services is going viral across the globe. It makes supply more obtainable and affordable than any time before, while cutting taxes and downsizing the government`s role.   This year`s journey promoting free market ideas across Europe and the Caucasus checked into Sofia, Bulgaria on 4th April. For the second year in