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Friday, 15 January 2021 13:33 Велизар Георгиев

european_union_logoThe beginning of 2021 was also the beginning of the new project of the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP). We called it "EU COOLture" and it is for young people in Bulgaria. The project will empathize them with European Union policies, will give them information on their role in their future educational and professional development.

Online ateliers, workshops, production of thematic products, recording of several podcasts are just some of the innovative activities through which the participating in "EU COOLture" young people will learn more about resource efficiency and circular economy, education through free movement and exchange in the era of “Covid-19 ”, resources in support of cultural diversity.

The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" will implement the project in the next ten months, thanks to the support of the European Union. Its activities will be available through online broadcasts, videos, publications and photos and on the special page of "EU COOLture" on "Facebook".

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:22 Велизар Георгиев

diana kovacheva_28.10.2020Complaints to the Bulgarian ombudsman increased by 30% in just two months. The increase is after the introduction of the state of emergency in Bulgaria in March due to Covid-19. Citizens most often complained about violated social and labor rights, violated right to health care and education, actions of fast loan companies, collection companies and private enforcement agents. This was shared with the freshmen from the National Program "Governing Skills" by the Ombudsman Diana Kovacheva. Kovacheva, who graduated from the BSoP in 2006, was a lecturer in the last fourth day of the first course of the National Program 2020-2021. In her lecture the National Ombudsman also spoke about the main powers of the institution, the actions and their results in last year and this year. She also paid special attention to the functions of the ombudsman for the protection of children's rights. Diana Kovacheva noted that the registered complaints and signals regarding the rights of children last year were 492 and were more than in 2017 and 2018. By type of violation last year the most (222) were complaints about violated rights and freedoms of children. The quality and access to distance education, the risk of domestic violence, bullying and neglect are among the problems of children in the coronavirus situation, Kovacheva noted and explained the specific work of the ombudsman to reduce and solve these problems.

The consultant on etiquette and protocol Maria Kasimova-Moase paid attention to the problems of ignorance and non-observance of basic rules in non-verbal communication. With many visual examples she explained good and bad messages that we send with behavior, gestures, clothing.

These two lectures were the last for the first course of Class 2021. The trainees parted with the hope that soon they will again have the opportunity to be together in the second course of the National Program "Governing Skills".

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:20 Велизар Георгиев

vrabevski_26.10.2020"Life is not a competition, but a degree of usefulness. My involvement aims to set an example that is contagious and I see that this works". With these words, Dr. Milen Vrabevski began his meeting with Class 2021. The philanthropist was a special guest at the end of the penultimate day of the first course of the National Program "Governing Skills". Dr. Vrabevski is the owner and director of the largest research organization in Southeast Europe, awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science with the Pythagorean Prize for the largest investment in research. He is also the founder of the Bulgarian Memory Foundation, which goal is to preserve the Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. For years, with personal funds, the doctor has funded programs for innovative education, career development of young people, the reintegration of the Bulgarian historical diaspora, develops various initiatives to combat the demographic crisis in our country. With these activities he ranks among the great donors of Bulgaria, among whom is Dimi Panitza - founder of the Bulgarian School of Politics. Passion at work, lack of fear, liberated consciousness, development of abilities, spiritual satisfaction, feeling of gratitude, empathy. These are the steps to success according to Dr. Vrabevski, which he shared with the new class of trainees of BSoP.

Earlier during the day, the participants worked on conflict management options. The lecturer on the topic was the professor of conflict management and editor-in-chief of the Duma newspaper Ivelin Nikolov. He gave the audience a definition of conflict, defined basic skills for its management, pointed out the styles of behavior in conflict and ways to resolve it. Divided into groups, the trainees did exercises, after which they had to answer the questions: in what kind of conflict have I participated?; what is the result?; what are the best ways to resolve these conflicts? Feedback from the work in groups Class 2021 received from Ivelin Nikolov.

Monday, 26 October 2020 21:19 Велизар Георгиев

ivan ivanov_26.10.2020Is the leader born or created, what is the profile of the leaders, their main features and personal characteristics? These were just some of the questions to which possible answers were given by the psychologist and Deputy Speaker of the 43rd National Assembly Dr. Ivan Ivanov. The current university lecturer was the first guest on the second day of the first course of the National Program “Governing Skills”. The trainees from Class 2021 of BSoP listened with interest to his presentation, full of examples, with interest filled in a self-assessment test for leadership orientation and enthusiastically worked in groups on their first learning task.

The working day continued with a panel for public speech and effective models of public speaking. Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva, a lecturer in rhetoric, academic writing and business communication at Sofia University, introduced the politicians and civic leaders present to basic rhetorical terms, the structure of political speech and pre-election political speech. What they learned from the lecture, the trainees practiced in group work, where each of them and the group prepared a speech on a predetermined case and from a predetermined position. They received feedback and recommendations personally from Prof. Mavrodieva. The development of the communication skills of the trainees continued in the following hours with new knowledge and exercise for formulating messages. The communication expert Mihail Stefanov gave a definition and examples of influential messages, showed what a message must contain to be successful.

The communication between the members of the new class continued outside the work environment. In an informal setting, they got to know each other and discussed the start of their common adventure, called the National Program "Governing Skills" 2020-2021.

Sunday, 25 October 2020 21:15 Велизар Георгиев

otkrivane 25.10.2020In an unusual atmosphere, but with the usual enthusiasm Class 2021 of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" began its training on October 25. Member of the European Parliament, MPs, Deputy Regional Governor, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Councilors, representatives of the state and municipal administration, people from non-governmental organizations and business, judge, university lecturer, etc. are among the 41 participants selected for the National Program "Governing Skills" 2020-2021. Hotel "Riu" - Pravets brought together representatives of six political parties, civic and professional leaders for their first four-day training. The start of the first course of the National Program was given with a panel for leadership and strategic decision making. Vladimir Borachev, a lecturer in the master's program for executive staff at the American University from 2010 to 2017 and a certified coach, talked to the trainees about leadership, strategic thinking, and the decision-making cycle.

"A leader is as strong as his team," Vladimir Borachev told the trainees, adding that successful leaders develop successful leaders who develop successful leaders.

The first day of the first course of the National Program "Governing Skills" continued with various games for getting to know each other and team building.

Thursday, 27 February 2020 13:25 Велизар Георгиев

council_of_europe_logo_2013_revised_versionStrasbourg 25.02.2020: Osman Kavala, a leading Turkish philanthropist and human rights defender, who was released and then immediately re-arrested on trumped up charges, should be freed immediately, Nils Muiznieks, President of the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (ASPS), said today.

After 2 years in jail accused of masterminding the 2013 Gezi Park demonstrations Kavala, the founder of the Istanbul-based European School of Politics, was freed by a Turkish Court only to be re-arrested shortly afterwards charged with supporting the 2016 attempted coup.

This travesty of justice brings to mind Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin's Secret Police chief, who famously said "Show me the man and I'll find you the crime", Nils Muiznieks commented.

Last December, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Kavala's detention arbitrary and unlawful and ordered his release but Turkey's increasingly authoritarian President, Tayyip Erdogan, just couldn't care less.

Osman Kavala is innocent and must be released and compensated, said the President of the ASPS. Turkey clearly no longer respects the rule of law, he added, wondering whether the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers and its Parliamentary Assembly will ever find the courage to say so?

Nils Muižnieks President of the Association of Schools of Political Studies

Jack Hanning Secretary General of the Association of Schools of Political



- The Association of Schools of Political Studies (ASPS) was set up in July 2008 by the Directors of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe to play an enhanced role in the management of their programme, to strengthen links between the Schools and foster their activities.

- The first School was set up in Moscow in 1992. Since then other Schools have been established in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Moldova, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

- Nils Muiznieks became President of the ASPS in November 2018. He was the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights from 2012 to 2018. Previously he had held several important posts in Latvia including Minister responsible for social integration, Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute (ASPRI) and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies.



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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:26 Велизар Георгиев

pavel_ivanov_saitThe tradition that the graduates of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" have their charity cause will be followed by the Class of 2020. On the last day of the third course of the training program, the participants decided to organize an event with charity initiatives and an auction and with the raised funds to support young people for higher education. The choice will be made among young people from ethnic minorities, such as disadvantaged and deprived of parental care. Through the cause "Help the Future", those selected will receive scholarships for education.

Before setting their cause and wishing each other health and good emotions until their next meeting in March, the trainees learned how to evaluate the impact of public policies from Pavel Ivanov, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Administration. The lessons learned were trained in small groups by solving a special training task.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:25 Велизар Георгиев

natcionalna_sigurnost_sait_2With the chairman of the Sofia Security Forum Yordan Bozhilov and the Arabist Vladimir Chukov, began the third training day for the trainees from the current cohort of the Bulgarian School of Politics. The two experts spoke to the 40 participants in the National Program "Governing Skills" about the challenges facing Bulgaria's national security.

The day continued with a lecture on energy, its development and strategic importance for our country. Lecturers in this panel were Valentin Nikolov, Chairman of the Energy Committee at the National Assembly and the expert Yavor Kuyumdzhiev.

A special guest of the day was Sarah Perrin, CEO of Trust for Social Alternative, who returned more than 20 years ago and shared her impressions of Bulgaria on her first visit then and today. She also spoke about the work and priorities of the non-governmental organization that she manages.

The work day ended with a lot of work, but also emotions associated with mastering the skills to act in front of a camera and participate in a tv debate. Under the leadership of the journalist Boyko Vasilev, the trainees prepared and did a simulation of a television debate on the topic: "For or against the elimination of the flat tax".


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