Media Development Center

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Overview

Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.25 Fte (1)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

0

High-level Commission meetings

0

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Media Development Center   (MDC)

    EU Transparency Register

    807154029069-26 First registered on 23 Nov 2017

    Goals / Remit

    The Media Development Center, Sofia (MDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1998 to promote independent media in Bulgaria and to foster capacity-building of the media by encouraging good practice in journalism, stimulating the professional ethics, institutionalizing the dialogue among the state administration, the media and the NGO sector, and to boost the networking and cross-border cooperation in the region of Southeast Europe.

    Main EU files targeted

    Anti-SLAPP Directive/Daphne's Law

    Address

    Head Office
    1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, 57, Tzar Simeon St
    Sofia 1000
    BULGARIA
    EU Office
    1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, 57, Tzar Simeon St
    Sofia 1000
    BULGARIA

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    1

    Employment timeLobbyists
    25%1

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    0.25

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    South East European Network for Professionalisation of Media - http://seenpm.org/
    European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI) - https://eavi.eu/
    Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection - https://see-whistleblowing.org/

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year

    7,479€

    Major funding types in closed year

    Donations, EU funding, Grants

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Grant EC - DG Justice 2,113€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    None declared

    Groups (European Parliament)

    N/A

    Communication activities

    1. https://eatproject.eu/

    Media Development Center was an active member of The Expanding Anonymous Tipping (EAT) Project was set up with the aim of extending the user base for secure online dropboxes, particularly among private enterprises and public institutions within 11 southern and eastern EU Member States. The Project focused on those EU member states which scored most poorly on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

    Nine partner organisations were involved in the Project, which ran from January 2018 to January 2021. GlobaLeaks was the EAT Project dropbox provider.

    The legal framework around whistleblowing evolved over the course of the project thanks to the passage of EU Directive 2019/1937 (the EU Whistleblowing Directive). The EAT Project produced tools and other materials to assist the effective transposition of the Directive into national law. Partner organisations were involved in national debates about the implementation of the Directive in many EAT Project countries.

    MDC within the other activities conducted an informational campaign in the Bulgarian media about the wistleblowers protection and EU Directive 2019/1937 (the EU Whistleblowing Directive):

    https://offnews.bg/a/a-744278.html?preview=ok&fbclid=IwAR2dzT_JpS-3KJeF0ZsaTW83oivGmFZTwNyy9KAGk-e2t-XoKeKFpMwzrK4

    https://bnr.bg/post/101259227/centarat-za-razvitie-na-mediite-predlaga-25-sigurni-kanala-za-signali-za-narushenia-i-korupcia

    2. https://www.mediacenterbg.org/news/monitoring-of-the-media-coverage-of-the-new-law-on-the-protection-of-persons-reporting-or-publicly-disclosing-information-on-breaches-the-whistleblowing-law-which-transposes-the-re/

    MDC is working on the initiative "STILL ON THE WAY – BULGARIAN WHISTLES ROADMAP", providing ongoing monitoring of the process of the transposition of the EU Directive (2019/1937) in Bulgaria both on legislative and political levels within the period September 2022 – June 2023 and ongoing monitoring of the media coverage on the issue and respectively the way the general public is informed on the rights and opportunities the Directive offers for the citizens within the period September 2022 – June 2023. Production of short analyses of the media coverage and the way the Bulgarian citizens are being informed on the issue.

    3. https://www.antislapp.eu/about

    Media Development Center is a member of Pioneering anti-SLAPP Training for Freedom of Expression (PATFox) Project, that seeks to train the lawyers defending journalists and media organisations, NGOs and activists against companies and governmental figures using lawfare to shut down legitimate criticism.

    PATFox is identifying and provide of lawyers in eleven EU member states in techniques and strategies for defending against SLAPP suits.

    PATFox develops Europe’s first anti-SLAPP curriculum, drawing both on international expertise and European human rights principles, and local procedural knowledge and case law.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    None declared

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