Impoving Bulgarian Local Government Integrity

This is a final conference aiming to present the results of the two years project “Improving Bulgarian Local Government Integrity” financed by the Matra Program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A summary report of the sociological survey conducted by Market Links in the ten municipalities will be present at the event. Representatives of the ten municipalities involved in the project will take part together with experts and representatives of the local governments from Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, experts, journalists, and NGO representatives. Implementing organizations are NGO Links, FLGR, CLS and transFORMA.
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National Conference

March, 20th 2009 (Friday)

Radisson SAS Hotel


Draft Program

9.00 – 9.30  Registration of participants
9.30 – 10.00  Opening session
                         Martijn Elgersma, Charge d'affaires a.i. - the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bulgaria
-                         Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Chair of the Board

10.00 -11.15   Improving the integrity of the Bulgarian institutions on national and local level. 
                           The new Conflict of Interest Act – critical comments and reactions by:
-                          Veselin Metodiev, MP, Chair of the Commission on State Administration at Parliament
-                          Eleonora Nikolova, MP, member of the Anti-corruption Commission at Parliament
-                         Alexander Kashamov, legal expert, Access to Information Program
11.15- 11.30  Coffee-break
11.30 – 13.00  Building integrity on local level: 
-                         Brede Kristensen, transFORMA, Romania
-                         Botyo Botev, Municipality of Sofia
-                         Nina Dankolova, Municipality of Mezdra
13.00 -14.00  Lunch
14.00 – 15.00  Presentation of the results from a survey conducted in nine Bulgarian municipalities
-                         Market Links Research Agency

15.00 - 15.30  Coffee-break
15.30 – 17.30  The European experience in introducing integrity systems
-                         Kristina Creosteanu, Romania
-                         Leo Platvua, The Netherlands
17.30   Summary of the conference results