The Centre for Liberal Strategies was established in 1994 as an independent non-governmental organization. Throughout its long history, CLS has always conducted research focused on public policy proposals, assisted in streamlining public debate, committed to supporting civic participation, and building an active civil society. The ambitions of CLS are to offer in-depth and careful expert analysis related to current issues of political, economic and social life, as well as to offer new approaches, to look for provocative perspectives through which to achieve a better understanding of the processes in the country, in the region and in the world.

Annual report 2020
Management Board
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Global Highlights Program Director
Executive Director, Member of the Board
Daniel Smilov
Member of the Board, Rule of Law Program Director
Georgy Ganev
Member of the Board, Member of Parliament, 47th National Assembly
Deyian Kiouranov
Founder and Member of the Board
Deputy Director of the ECFR and Director of the Sofia Office (creative leave)
Antoinette Primatarova
European Union Program Director (2002-2022)
Political Analysis Program Director
Social Context Program Director
Program Coordinator of the ECFR - Sofia Office, Western Balkans and Turkey
Yana Papazova
Program Coordinator
Rositsa Liubenova
Iliana Kondareva
Assistant at the Sofia office of the ECFR

We would not be what we are if we were not among our founders Rumen Avramov, who gave us the perspective of economic history, Yonko Grozev, with whom we developed sensitivity to the importance and fragility of human rights and Julia Gurkovska - Ju, who gave us the political as an adventure and taught us to sail the oceans out of curiosity. Over the years we have been with:

ECFR Coordinator from 2017 to 2019

ECFR Coordinator from 2017 to 2019

ECFR Program Manager from 2017 to 2019
Assistant and coordinator of the ECFR from 2016 to 2017.
ECFR Program Manager from 2013 to 2016

ECFR Coordinator from 2008 to 2016

Office Coordinator from 2000 to 2016

ECFR Program Director from 2010 to 2014

Program Director and Member of the Management Board from 2006 to 2012

Founder, member of the Board and program director from 1994 to 2012.

Program Director from 2000 to 2010

Program Director from 2000 to 2008
Program Director from 1996 to 2002

Program Director and Member of the Board from 1996 to 2001

The partner network we have created extends from Bulgaria through the Balkans, Europe, Russia to the United States. It includes partners we have worked with since the 1990s and together we have formed as independent NGOs and research centers, as well as established global think tanks with which we share common causes. Our partners are included in the projects we work on together.

CLS maintains its independence by diversifying funding sources. In our long history we have managed to ensure the implementation of the projects we work on through various donors. Of course, we can't help but mention the institutional funding, because they give resilience to think tanks like ours. In each project we indicate the funding organization.

Advisory Board
Dean of INSEAD, Professor of Macroeconomics and Econometrics
Professor of Law, New York University
Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Founder and honorary chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics

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