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Programming EU funds in Bulgaria: Challenges, Opportunities and the Role of Civil Society

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Hristova Kurzydlowski, Desislava

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Abstract "While expectations were high for Bulgaria’s EU membership, it has been marked by numerous domestic challenges. This article explores the application of the principle of partnership in Bulgaria in programming EU funds for 2007-2013 as a litmus test for the capacity of the civil society and the preparedness of the state’s institutions for full-fledged membership. The article displays evidence that unsuitable adaptation and the remnants of the previous institutional establishment filter the EU leverage in the country. Furthermore, the article maps the role of civil society organisations in the process and identifies the main challenges and opportunities for their inclusion." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; European Structural Funds; Europeanization; civil society; Bulgaria; EU expansion; post-communist society
Classification European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 22-41
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 5 (2013) 1
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications