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After years of empty promises, Bulgarians are growing upset and impatient for reforms

 An interview with Daniel Kaddik, Project Director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation Southeast Europe on the Bulgarian National Radio. During the recent presentation of the Bulgarian edition of the Black Book of Government Waste 2017 you encouraged the people in Bulgaria to get angry. Considering the results of the presidential elections, do you think that the Bulgarians got angry? Unfortunately, I see that Bulgarians are angry quite a lot. However, they

LIBSEEN Steering Committee Held a Strategic Consultation in Sofia

A strategic planning workshop of the Liberal South East European Network (LIBSEEN) was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, to evaluate the network’s capacity and to help strengthen the political cooperation within Southeast Europe. The strategic planning workshop came as the culmination of the efforts to revitalise regional cooperation in Southeast Europe over the past two years. LIBSEEN began to intensify its activities in 2015 following the establishment of its Steering Committee

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Was Presented a Special Award for Contribution to the Economic Freedom in Bulgaria

The 6th annual Forbes Business Awards ceremony proved to be full of surprises for the team of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Southeast Europe, which was presented a Special Award for Contribution to the Economic Freedom in Bulgaria. Held on 23th January 2017, the glittering event recognised and rewarded the business excellence of twenty-four companies in eight categories. “The Foundation is an important ally for us in Bulgaria – not just

“Who is behind the media?” Incubator workshop for new investigative journalists

Why do some media have the need to hide their ownership in faraway Caribbean States? Why are some journalists afraid to sign their name? Is the money for government advertising a means of bribery and control of the media?   These are a part of the questions discussed by sixteen Bulgarian and Macedonian journalists during the two-day workshop “Who is behind the media?” in Borovets, Bulgaria.  The event was held

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