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