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The loophole of in-house procurement

The loophole of in-house procurement

The in-house procurement procedures – the awarding of public contracts without tenders, has become a favorite way to allocate money in a non-transparent manner


Is State Capitalism Marching On?

Is State Capitalism Marching On?

Within a brief period, Bulgaria’s government has aggressively injected billions of levs into key sectors, and has effectively started nationalizing businesses


MRF Corporation

MRF Corporation

Launched as a party fighting for the political representation of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turks, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms has morphed into a quasi-business organization quietly pulling strings behind the scenes


Sofia is putting too many eggs in Gazprom’s basket

Sofia is putting too many eggs in Gazprom’s basket

The construction of TurkStream’s extension via Bulgaria will make the country too reliant on Russia again


Bulgaria's sluggish advance in the EU

Bulgaria's sluggish advance in the EU

The economy has grown, industry is turning towards higher technology, but reforms have stagnated, hindering the country’s potential


Bulgarian PM’s pride

Bulgarian PM’s pride

Boyko Borissov often boasts of the infrastructure improvements made during his tenure but the process is uneven and mired in inconsistencies and bad planning


Budget misspending

Budget misspending

Reform of public spending in a changing global environment


Corruption Watch: When it walks like corruption, when it quacks like corruption...

Corruption Watch: When it walks like corruption, when it quacks like corruption...

Beneficiaries of unlawful forest swaps get minor punishment


TOP 30 in food and beverages: A little richer menu

TOP 30 in food and beverages: A little richer menu

Most producers had a strong year but reported no record jumps


TOP30 of Bulgaria’s construction companies: Riding on the highway of public contracts

TOP30 of Bulgaria’s construction companies: Riding on the highway of public contracts

The sector has achieved significant revenue growth mostly stemming from government contracts for infrastructure projects, but also because of a revival in the real estate market


Derailing fair play

Derailing fair play

Bulgaria’s competition watchdog turns away foreign investors yet again


Bulgaria in toll hell

Bulgaria in toll hell

Burdened by a lack of foresight and competence, the government failed to live up to its promises when introducing a road toll system


The Battle for Sofia

The Battle for Sofia

After 14 years of undisputed GERB hegemony in Bulgaria’s capital city, Mayor Yordanka Fandakova finds a worthy opponent in ex-ombudsman Maya Manolova


Bulgarian Air Force finally gets on a westbound flight

Bulgarian Air Force finally gets on a westbound flight

The parliament ratified a deal to purchase eight new F-16 US made fighter jets


Guesthouses for politicians

Guesthouses for politicians

Ahmed Dogan: MRF honorary chairman strikes again in Varna


Hemus: a highway project rife with corruption opportunities

Hemus: a highway project rife with corruption opportunities

The Road Infrastructure Agency recently demonstrated how the authorities flagrantly flout public procurement procedures and transparency


Bulgaria embarks on a massive rearmament program without clear priorities

Bulgaria embarks on a massive rearmament program without clear priorities

The process of selecting a new jetfighter for the Air Force has demonstrated the Ministry of Defense’s inability to manage complex projects