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Christian Filipov

Christian Filipov contributes for on topics involving his native Bulgaria, including economics, politics and security issues. A lawyer by training, Christian is an international trade and development consultant traveling frequently between Europe and the United States.

In 15 years of professional activity, he has drawn on his specialized knowledge of EC Trade Regulations and regulatory impact assessments (RIA), along with other areas of legal and regulatory reform associated with EU integration. Consequently, he has deep knowledge of the conditions foreign investors in the Balkans have to face, from the aspects of economic, legal and governmental interaction.

An expert in legal and regulatory reform and reform action plans, organizational restructuring and change management, Christian also has long experience in the preparation of impact assessments of proposed legislation, and harmonization of domestic laws with international best practice and EU requirements. He has a significant background in legislative drafting and familiarity with the general legislative process.

Christian’s expertise in these areas and in developing assessments, policy recommendations, policy briefing reports and reform-targeted action plans has come into play in numerous important consulting projects involving the Balkans. He served as an Impact Assessment and Policy Development Expert in 2009-2010 for a Bulgarian government assignment designed to improve the management of projects funded under the EU Operational Programs. He was also a Public Administration Reform Expert for USAID in Kyrgyzstan, advising the government on public administration reform and restructuring. On another USAID project, designed to streamline business permits and inspections (SPIRA), Christian served as Team Leader, advising the Bosnian governments on how to improve the regulatory climate for business and investment by reducing administrative barriers to business and introducing European regulatory models and regulatory impact assessments.

From 2002-2005, Christian Filipov worked on several other USAID projects with the Pierce Atwood Attorneys group, as an expert on energy law. One project, on the Balkans Regional Energy Market, saw him advising several Balkan governments on energy sector restructuring and the requirements for compliance with EU directives on natural gas and electricity markets, and the Energy Community of South East Europe (ECSEE). In another project, on Bulgaria’s energy regulatory development, Christian provided advice on drafting domestic energy sector legislation conforming to EU Directives and ECSEE requirements, implementing EU-compliant licensing, regulatory reporting and audit procedures.

In these and in other projects Christian Filipov played a direct role in helping Bulgaria achieve the economic reforms necessary for joining the EU. For example, he served as a Policy Advisor for the World Bank in 1999-2000, advising the Bulgarian government on how best to modernize the civil service, strengthen the judiciary, and to assess regulations proposed for the elimination of trade and investment barriers, while improving the capacity of market supervisory institutions and promoting entrepreneurship and competition.

In addition to writing for, Christian has published numerous assessments, research papers and technical documents deriving from his work for commissioning parties including the World Bank, UC Berkeley’s International and Area Studies Research Centers, and the University of Dundee’s Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence.

Along with his native Bulgarian, Christian is fluent in English and German, with a very good command of Russian and Serbian as well. Christian holds several advanced degrees, most recently, earning a Regulatory Impact Analysis Certificate from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium (2006). Prior to that he received his Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1997). He also earned a Master of Law (LL.M.) in 1993 and Diplomjurist (J.D. equivalent degree) in 1992 from the University of Leipzig in Germany, as well as a Certificate on EC Trade Regulations from the European Law Institute at the University of Turin in Italy (1994).

Status: Christian Filipov is currently available for speaking engagements and event participation.

All previous Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Christian Filipov

The Development of International Terrorism, as Assessed by the Former Communist Bulgarian Secret Services: Interview with Professor Jordan Baev (January 7, 2011)

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them: Speculations on the Future of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (October 25, 2010)

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