Director: Lubov Panayotova
Expert International Programmes and Projects
The European Institute (EI) is a non governmental organization, founded in April 1999 in response to Bulgaria's increased efforts at speeding up the process of preparation for European Union (EU) membership.
The general experience of the Institute is substantial and fells into four main areas of activity:
- Policy research and advice - focusing on wider policy areas related to EU accession and the enlargement process.
- Technical assistance - providing in-house or external (local and international) consultations to different government and non-government stakeholders on specific policy issues related to both association and accession processes
- Public awareness - contributing to stimulating public debate about EU enlargement and informing stakeholders about the costs and benefits of accession at local, national and regional levels.
- Training and exchange of experience improving the competencies of different institutions and professional groups in areas of European integration, precession, structural funds and other Community assistance as well as exchange of negotiation experience between accession and association countries.
The EI is a member of:
- the Public Policy Centres Initiative (PPCI) set up in 1999 as a network activity of Local Government Reform Programme at the Open Society Institute Budapest, and
- the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN), a network of leading European think tanks and policy institutes focusing on contemporary European and EU political debate and policy analysis.
The EI proven information sources and contacts in Bulgaria, WB countries and other neighbouring countries are used in the following five areas:
- to provide strategic support in the introduction of the acquis communautaire and in the further development of the administrative capacity of the responsible institutions
- to sustain communication and interaction among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from South-Eastern and Eastern Europe and the enlarged European Union dealing with issues of EU integration
- to consolidate the role, capacity, awareness and influence of the NGOs in Bulgaria, the Western Balkan and NIS countries in view of successfully assisting the efforts of these countries towards accession negotiations, and
- to assist national, regional and local authorities to improve their capacity to implement and enforce the EU policies and strategies.
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