"Economic Policy Review" Bulletin ISSN 1313 - 0544


The study “Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2012” provides a snapshot of the socio-economic conditions of Bulgarian districts as of mid-2012, as well as their development since the year 2000. It was first presented in beginning of November in Sofia. The study was carried out by the Institute for Market Economics and its partners from Microstat Analytics with the financial support of the “America for Bulgaria” Foundation.

Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) of the European Union: Analysis and Potential Effects on Bulgaria

The analysis discusses the changes that the EU is planning to implement in the upcoming MFF, explores the reasons behind them and makes conclusions about their effect on the Bulgarian economy. The main points of interest include the basic structure of the MFF, the proposed reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, the heading for Smart and Inclusive Growth and the way the budget is financed.

GIFTED Project: Groundbreaking Innovative Financing of Training in a European Dimension

The five partners working on the GIFTED Project met for a two-day-meeting in Brussels for the concluding part of the research activities of the project and to discuss future activities. The project aims at analyzing the current financing frameworks for adult learning and is set to develop an innovative financial tool, which can help increase the flexibility and efficiency of the system.

IME Alternative State Budget with Low Taxes 2013

Alternative Budget 2013 looks at the budget as a tool for growth and not just as a self sufficient accounting instrument. We put our focus on the middle class and jobs creation, as this is the only way towards recovery and poverty reduction. Budget 2013 must not only spend public money effectively and achieve results, but also be resilient to shocks – that is one with no deficit and with automatic mechanisms for negative scenario.

Plain Packaging and its Unintended Consequences

The Institute for Market Economics has just published its latest Economic note on the effects of the EC proposal to revise the Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) to adopt a requirement of plain packaging.