"Economic Policy Review" Bulletin ISSN 1313 - 0544


The Local Business Environment Index 2011 is issued for a second year and aims to explore differences in business environment at local level and to indicate where in Bulgaria (in which city) is easiest to do business. The index covers all 28 districts of Bulgaria, each of them represented by one city – the district center. The assessment is based on the results of each city on the following ten indicators.

Prices Keep on Rising in March

Krasimir Petkashev / 11.05.2011
March is another month of rising prices. According to NSI data, the overall consumer price index (CPI) marks a monthly increase of 0.6% and compared to March 2010 the increase is 5.6%. The last time the annual inflation rate was over 5% had been recorded in February 2009, after which its rate fell gradually (less than 2%), but by July 2010 a new rise began.

Economic Library of IME and BMA - Events & Photos

Institute for Market Economics and Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation created the first economic library in Bulgaria. The official opening of the library was in June 2010.

The Price of Hiding the Truth

Mihail Andreev / 11.05.2011
There were already numerous discussions on the topic of the creation of Euro Plus Pact, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the covered in mystery Bulgarian position. Fully expected, the debate focused on direct, measurable effects for the country, when and how Bulgaria will pay for an eventual rescue of unconscientiously acting European governments.

Labour Market “Active” Measures 2000 – 2011

Zornitsa Slavova / 11.05.2011
The general conclusion of the review of administrative activity on the labour market shows that significant amount of funds are spent, which in most cases do not lead to desired results, but deprives taxpayers of part of their earnings in the form of taxes that finance these policies.