"Economic Policy Review" Bulletin ISSN 1313 - 0544

IME Study: Assessment of the people not in employment, education and training (NEETs) in Bulgaria and policy measures to effectively address their integration

IME / 03.10.2019
Despite the positive trend of the labour market in recent years, Bulgaria is still struggling to offer inclusion opportunities for a significant share of young people. The present report provides a thorough analysis of the level and geographical distribution of NEETs between 15 and 34 years old, as well as of the main factors that determine youth inactivity. It also reviews the current policies implemented by the Bulgarian government related to NEETs and provides a series of recommendations that could support the sustainable inclusion of inactive young people.

IME Study: Judicial Map. An Attempt to Restart the Debate

30.05.2019
The study shows that there is no coherent judicial organization model. Therefore, the judicial map is a sum of all courts and prosecutor’s offices without a guiding organizational criterion except for the instance control one. Throughout the years, the hierarchical division was supplemented by the atypical for Bulgaria division of jurisdiction according to the accused individuals, as specialized criminal courts and prosecutor’s offices hear cases on the basis of this principle.

IME REPORT: AFFORDABILITY OF CIGARETTES IN BULGARIA IS IMPROVING, BUT STILL 1.6-1.7 TIMES LOWER THAT THE EU AVERAGE

14.12.2018
The Institute for Market Economic (IME) published a detailed analysis of price elasticity of tobacco product in Bulgaria and examination of affordability issues in respect to EU harmonization policy on excise duties. The report is part of IME initiative “By the book”*, which aims to study possible improvements in current policy and the ways to overcome institutional weaknesses which allow for illicit trade of tobacco products. The report covers the full period 2007-2018 and provides commentary on the recent public consultation on EU excise policy towards tobacco products.