Daniela Mineva

Research Fellow, Economic Program

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Master's degree in Macroeconomics, University of National and World Economy, Sofia 


Daniela Mineva has 15 years of experience with EU and other donors financed projects. She has participated in projects, related to anti-corruption, EU integration and Cohesion funds, informal economy, innovation policy, corporate governance, as well as the development of a number of national S&T policy related documents: e.g. the Regional Innovation Strategy for the South-West region of Bulgaria, Annual Reports on the Bulgarian National Innovation Policy 2006 and 2007, commissioned by the Ministry of Economy and Energy, ERAWATCH Research Inventory, Innovation.BG analytical report, e-Bulgaria report. She has prepared the Chapter ‘Labour Market’ for the 2009 RAXEN National Data Collection Report for Bulgaria, EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s National Focal Point on Racism and Xenophobia in Bulgaria. She was ERA-WATCH country correspondent for the period 2009-2012. In 2009 she participated in the projects “Contribution of policies at the regional level to the realisation of the European Research Area” and “European Observatory of Research-Active Universities and National Public Research Funding Agencies”. She has worked on a Feasibility study on establishing a European platform for cooperation between labour inspectorates, and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies, to prevent and fight undeclared work. Since 2010 she has also worked on the Regional Innovation Monitor project and on the project “Delivering Policy Analysis on the Performance of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013”, with a focus on innovation, energy efficiency and RES, financed by DG Regional Policy. In 2011-2014 she also worked on the EVAL-INNO project which aims to strengthen regional as well as national RTDI evaluation capacities in order to improve framework conditions for innovation policies, programmes, institutions and projects. In 2012-2013 Ms Mineva participated in two projects related to the development of the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Bulgaria.

Since November 2012 she is involved in the project Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe: Capacity Building for Monitoring, Advocacy and Awareness Raising (SELDI), funded by DG NEAR. The SELDI initiative (www.seldi.net) includes 42 partners (CSOs and anti-corruption agencies) from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Turkey, aiming to contribute to a dynamic civil society in the region, capable of participating in public debate and influencing policy and decision-making process in the area of anti-corruption and good governance. Since 2017 she is implementing a Service Contract to Support the European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, which analyses the possibilities for collaboration between public bodies and social partners from different European countries in tackling undeclared work, irregular migration, social securities and tax fraud, social dumping, etc. The project is commissioned by DG Employment and implemented by the ICF Consulting Services Ltd.

Research Focus

Anti-Corruption, Informal Economy and Undeclared Work, Innovation Policy, Management of EU Funds and Cohesion policy, Competitiveness and Business Environment

Selected publications 

European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Learning resource paper: Information Tools and Approaches to Reach Out to Workers and Companies in the Fight against Undeclared Work, March 2018 (co-author).
European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Case studies on cross-border cooperation, 2018
European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Practitioner’s Toolkit: Drafting, Implementing, Reviewing and Improving Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding to Tackle Undeclared Work, 2017
European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Factsheets on Existing Tools to Address Undeclared Work, 2017
European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, Learning Resource Paper: National and Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding to Tackle Undeclared Work, 2017
SELDI, Hidden Economy and Good Governance in Southeast Europe Regional Assessment Report, 2016
SELDI, Shadow Power: Assessment of Corruption and Hidden Economy in Southeast Europe, 2016
SELDI, Energy Governance and State Capture Risks in Southeast Europe: Regional Assessment Report, 2016
CRPM, CSD, Monitoring the Hidden Economy in Macedonia: Trends and Policy Options, October 2015 (co-editor)
SELDI Background Document 2: Corruption and Anticorruption Monitoring Instruments in Southeast Europe, November 2013 (co-author)
SELDI Background Document 1: Recent Developments and New Prospects: Major Corruption Challenges in Southeast Europe, May 2013 (co-author) 
SELDI Policy Brief 1: Major Corruption Challenges in South-East Europe, May 2013 (co-author)
SELDI Strategy and Action Agenda for Good Governance and Anticorruption in Southeast Europe, 2013 (co-author)
Innovation.bg 2013 report, ARC Fund, 2013 (co-author)
Innovation.bg 2011
report, ARC Fund, 2010 (co-author)
Knowledge and Advisory Services Program on Innovation: Smart Specialization Strategy Report, The World Bank, January 2013 (contributor).
RTDI Evaluation Standards: Research, Technological Development and Innovation Evaluation Standards, Published by EVAL-INNO (Fostering Evaluation Competencies in Research, Technology and Innovation in the SEE Region), 2012, (co-author). 
Innovation.bg 2012: ICT and Innovation Demand, ARC Fund, 2012 (working group).
Bulgaria Country Report on Achievements of Cohesion Policy, DG Regional Policy, a report to the European Commission Directorate-General Regional Policy, 2011.

ERAWATCH Analytical country report 2010: Bulgaria, ERAWATCH Network, 2010 (co-author)
Policy Paper on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Residential Housing, DG Regional Policy, 2011 (co-author)
Bulgaria Country Report on Achievements of Cohesion Policy, DG Regional Policy, November 2010 (co-author)
Delivering Policy Analysis on the Performance of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, Policy Paper on Innovation: Bulgaria, DG Regional Policy, August 2010 (co-author)
Innovation.bg 2010, ARC Fund, 2010 (co-author)
Innovation and Research in Bulgaria on the Eve of EU Accession: Lessons from a Peer Country – AUSTRIA, Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Forschung, Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Graz-Wien, Austrian Science and research Liaison Office Sofia and ARC Fund, 2007 (co-author)
Annual Reports on the State and Development of Innovation Policy in Bulgaria 2007, Ministry of Economy and Energy (co-author)


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