Building a Pluralist Lobbying System in Bulgaria (January - December 1999)


The project aimed at developing and implementing working models of lobbying which represent organized local/municipal, civic and entrepreneurial interests. This was being achieved by developing and testing concrete strategies for the lobbying of state institutions by helping local pressure groups acquire and use extensive US and other international experience in the field.


The building of lobbying models, stipulated in this project, were based on the peculiarities of the political system in Bulgaria where there were four levels of possible interaction between pressure groups and the state:

-the parliamentary level,

-the executive political (e.g. Council of Ministers) level,

-the level of civil service, and the local/municipal level.


The models had been developed in such a way so that pressure on state institutions to be distributed according to the authority of the level, thus stimulating decentralization in decision making processes and satisfying certain local interests.


The duration of this project was one year and was being implemented with the financial support of the US Democracy Commission.

Empowering Local Business Communities for Human Potential Mobilization



As of November 2018, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) starts a new 34-month project that aims at mobilizing and advocating for local business communities to utilize the available human potential of retired people and to look for new models of labor mobility.

Read more... 03-12-2018
Овластяване на местните бизнес общности за мобилизиране на човешки потенциал


От ноември 2018 г. Институтът за регионални и международни изследвания (ИРМИ) стартира нов 34-месечен проект, насочен към мобилизиране и подкрепа на местните бизнес общности да използват наличния човешки потенциал на пенсионерите и да търсят нови модели за трудова мобилност.


Основната цел на проекта на ИРМИ е да овласти бизнес общностите с умения по застъпничество, работа в мрежи и стратегическо планиране, за да се справят с предизвикателството на намаляващия потенциал на човешки ресурси чрез изработване на жизнеспособни алтернативи за наемане на работа. 

Read more... 03-12-2018
Leaders’ Platforms for Regional Development (January 2015 - December 2017)


The project initiative aims to develop and put in practice a “bottom-up” approach to regional development by identifying and engaging the natural leadership potential  of Bulgarian regions within a coherent framework of debate and collective action.

Read more... 07-01-2015
Comparative Minority Study in Bulgaria (November 2006 - June 2007)

In November 2006 IRIS initiated a 9-month project for comparative study of the Turkish and Roma minorities in Bulgaria in the years of democratic transition (1989 – 2006).

Read more... 01-11-2006
Youth Tourist Exchange. Business Initiatives for Community Development in South Eeastern Bulgaria (December 2004 - August 2005)

In December 2004 IRIS Civil Society Development: Research and Training Program started the implementation of the nine-month project entitled Youth Tourist Exchange. Business Initiatives for Community Development in South Eastern Bulgaria (towns Loznitza, Zavet and Isperih)

Read more... 01-12-2004
Developing a Regulation Treating the Management, Control and Informational Provision of the National Operative Program for Regional Development (November 2003 - December 2004)

The project aim was to develop a Regulation Treating the Management, Control and Informational Provision of the National Operative Program for Regional Development as an instrument for the Bulgarian regional policy implementation.

Read more... 01-11-2003
Bulgaria on the Threshold of the European Union: Trilateral Co-operation and Development of Industrial Relations (September 2003 - October 2004)

The project was aimed at establishing an effective system for trilateral co-operation and dialogue between social partners in the field of industrial relations in Bulgaria on the basis of European historical experience and the principles laid down in the European Social Charter ratified in 2000.

Read more... 01-09-2003
Youth Community Council - Mission Possible: Civil Capacity Building in Local Policy-Making in Zavet (September 2003 - October 2004)

The project aim was to establish Youth Community Council in the Municipality of Zavet as a consultative body to the local authorities.

Read more... 01-09-2003