Annual Meeting and Conference in Sofia

States and-states of Informality in Europe. Current and Future Perspectives
GREY project Annual Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria
4 September, 2014

sgrada_CSDThis conference was a part of the work programme of the EU Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project ‘GREY’. The conference aimed at discussing and exploring recent advances on identified policy measures in the first phase of the project and propose measures which might be studied in terms of feasibility of transferring them to Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia.

Time and venue
The Conference will take place on 4 September, 2014 at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, 5 Alexander Zhendov st, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

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Conference programme 

Team meeting  3 September , 2014
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09:40 Introduction
10:00 Supervisory board management meeting
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Discussion of methodology – surveys
14:00 Research Ethics – training seminar lead by Peter Rodgers
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Training in Research Ethics and discussions, part 2


 Conference 4 September, 2014
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09:00 Opening and introduction:Dr Ruslan Stefanov (CSD), Dr. Shentov (CSD) and Dr. Stoyanov (VR)
9:20 Tackling undeclared work: a conceptual framework – Prof. Colin Williams, SUMS
10.00 Tackling the undeclared economy in Bulgaria – Rositsa Dzhekova, SUMS
10:20 Tackling the undeclared economy in Croatia – Josip Franic, SUMS
10:40 Tackling the undeclared economy In FYR Macedonia – Rositsa Dzhekova, Josip Franic, Lyubo Mishkov (VR)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 International roundtable- Chair: Prof Heyes (SUMS)Policy Measures: lessons from other countriesInternational invitees:Dr. Piet Renooy (Regioplan, the Netherlands);

Sigrid Rand (IWAK, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main Germany);

Natasa Vidmar (Ministry of Economy, Slovenia).

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Non-observed economy and the official statistics, Milen Kolev, Department of Macroeconomics statistics, Bulgaria
14:20 Factors of informal economy dynamics in Bulgaria, Stephan Petranov, Association of industrial capital in Bulgaria
14:40 The concept of informality and public policy approaches, Prof Tanya Chavdarova, Department of Sociology, Sofia University, Bulgaria
15:00 Ass. Prof Emilia Chengelova, Institute for the study of societies and knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Science.
15:20 Policy measures towards undeclared economy. Identifying policy measures: evaluating their effectiveness and transferability – Rositsa Dzhekova, Lyubo Mishkov, Josip Franic, Marijana Baric
15:40 Coffee Break
16:15 Roundtable discussion (Chair: Prof Williams)Tackling undeclared work: ways forward for Bulgaria, Croatia and FYR Macedonia
17:15 Closing remarks: Ruslan Stefanov
19:30 Social dinner for representatives of the project and guests