"Economic Policy Review" Bulletin ISSN 1313 - 0544

The Secret of IME (15 years since the registration of the Institute)

Krassen Stanchev / 02.04.2008
Outside the narrow professional circles it is unlikely that anybody knows that last week was the fifteenth anniversary since the registration of the Institute for Market Economics (IME). Many probably do not know also that after fourteen years of managing the Institute, the author is only a supervisor of its work. However, Svetla Kostadinova is already known as its director.

The Dundee Case – A Story of Hidden Nationalization

Adriana Mladenova / 02.04.2008
After more than two years of hassle and attempts to overcome the state machine and certain interests of the ruling circles, it looks like the Canadian company “Dundee” will start its projects in Bulgaria, but at a high price. The usual logic, that laws and rights of ownership must be respected, did not apply in the case...

Some Aspects from the New Sofia’s Management Programme

Metodi V. Metodiev / 02.04.2008
A relatively short period of time had passed after the local elections in Sofia, where the political status quo remain the same. Several months after the elections the mayor of Sofia decided to present his program until 2011.

The Labor Force and the “Import” of Workers

Zornitsa Manolova / 02.04.2008
There are a lot of talks recently about the shortage of labor in Bulgaria and the possible import of workers from abroad, which must fill the free job openings. It is important to clarify what causes this problem and what are the consequences from it and what could be done in order to satisfy all sides of the question.

GDP during 2007

Dimitar Chobanov / 02.04.2008
The National Statistical Institute announced the data about the gross domestic product (GDP) during 2007, which size is EUR 28 898.1 million in current prices. These numbers are preliminary and should be revised based on the annual information. In a similar manner was revised the data for 2006 (increase in the GDP by about EUR 138 million, which increased the base for comparison when calculation the growth for 2007) and for the first three quarters of 2007.

About the State Fees

Svetla Kostadinova / 02.04.2008
... This which comes to attention is the number of times bills have been adopted/amended related to the collection of state fees. The list shows that 28 changes have been passed, most of which are to increase the size of the fees.

Private Property?

Petar Ganev / 02.04.2008
In the Constitution of Republic of Bulgaria it is written that private property is sacred. This claim was often used recently with reference to the proposed by the Council of Ministers modifications in the Bill of State Property. It came about that the rulers stand firmly behind the idea of sacredness. Simply from time to time the property would become sacred for the owner himself.