Open societies do not support only one conception of “truth”, they rather seek to establish laws and institutions, enabling people with divergent views to live together in peace.
Open Society Institute – Sofia is a non-governmental organization, acting for the public benefit, defending the values of the open society in Bulgaria and supporting the integration of the country to the European Union. The Institute is founded in 1990, thanks to a donation of Mr. George Soros.
Open Society Institute – Sofia upholds the following mission and aims:
- To promote, develop and support the values, dispositions and practices of the open society in Bulgaria.
- To support the democratization in all fields of the public and political life in the process of development of the mechanisms and structures of the civil society.
- To work for the extension and guaranteeing of the inviolability of civil freedoms and the respect of fundamental human rights.
- To support the strengthening of civil sector institutions.
- To work for the strengthening of civil participation and protection of the public interest in public policy-making.
- To encourage the extension of the public debate on issues of key importance to Bulgaria.
- To support the integration of Bulgaria to the European Union and work for the strengthening of regional cooperation.
In view of achieving its aims, Open Society Institute – Sofia is working on the following programs:
- Governance and Public Policies
- European Policies and Civic Participation
- Roma Program
- Legal Program
- Public Debate Program