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Monday, 16 July 2018 08:25 Велизар Георгиев

The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" organized for a fifth consecutive time a training for Moroccan women leaders. The two-day seminar was held in mid-July in the capital of Morocco. A partner of the BSoP was the Moroccan Citizenship School of Political Studies. This year, the event was again supported by the Bulgarian Embassy in the African country and the International Organization of the Francophonie.

"Promoting women and their role in the social and economic development of the society" was the topic of the forum, which was officially opened by Irina Aleksieva - Executive Director of the BPU until 2017 and current advisor to the Bulgarian EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel. In her address to the participants Ms. Alexieva stressed on the importance of women in governance and the need of modern society to implement policies related to balance, flexibility and long-term development.

H.E. Boryana Simeonova, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Kingdom of Morocco, thanked the organizers for the traditionally good cooperation, a real result of which were already the hundreds of Moroccan graduates of the BSoP who had been trained both in Morocco and Bulgaria.

Within the two days, the participants gained skills in conducting information campaigns and acquired knowledge of the means, channels and tools needed to effectively implement and validate leadership causes. Guests and lecturers at the Rabat forum were also Rumyana Grozeva – Acting Executive Director of the BSoP, Youssef Laaraj - Director of the Moroccan Citizenship School of Political Studies, Maria Mihaylova - organizational psychologist and group psychotherapist, Raja Morgani - representative of the National Human Rights Council in Morocco, PR-experts and women ambassadors in the Kingdom of Morocco, personally invited by the Bulgarian Ambassador Boryana Simeonova.

The participants in the training program received official diplomas and are already part of the hundreds of BSoP graduates, including members of the two Chambers of the Moroccan Parliament, members of the municipal and mayoral administrations as well as of many other different organizations in the public and political life of Morocco.

Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:38 Велизар Георгиев

28.04_saitThe Bulgarian School of Politics organized another free training for its graduates. On the last Saturday of April, ten school graduates spent their day off in learning the ins and outs of organizing an information campaign on children's policies. Under the expert guidance of the communications expert Mihail Stefanov, political and civic leaders have learned the algorithm for building a successful information campaign as well as the most common mistakes that are made in organizing and implementing it. In order to practice the theory learned, the participants worked on a specific case study. They had to organize an information campaign, to convince local authorities and the public about the need for a mobile group to work with children with antisocial behavior.

The training "Strategic Planning of Information Campaigns for Children's Policies" is part of the project "The Voice of Bulgarian Children", which is funded by the Oak Foundation.

Saturday, 24 March 2018 19:10 Велизар Георгиев

obu4enie_saitGraduates of the Bulgarian School of Politics - current MPs, municipal councilors, representatives of the judiciary, businesses, civic organizations, lecturers were taught how to organize successful information campaigns for children's policies. The training took place on March 24th in Sofia and brought together graduates of different cohorts of the School who were all interested in developing and implementing successful children's policies and promoting good practices for children.

How do we organize an effective information campaign - organize an event, get into the media, challenge the interest of users in social networks, attract the attention of national and local authorities?

The answers to these questions were given to the trainees by the communication expert Mr. Mihail Stefanov. With a group task, based on a real problem identified in the analysis of the issues of the children from Southwest Bulgaria, the trainees had a simulation of an information campaign.

The "Strategic Planning of Information Campaigns for Children's Policies" training takes place under the project "The Voice of Bulgarian Children", which is funded by the Oak Foundation.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 14:08 Велизар Георгиев

iotova_saitThere is no debate, "No to Europe" but we can not continue without a radical change. That said the Vice President Iliana Yotova during a lecture in front of the graduates of this year's National Program "Governing skills" of the Bulgarian School of Politics. In front of the political and civic leaders trained in the program, the Vice President presented her opinion on the challenges facing the European project, its development and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Iliana Yotova is convinced that if the right policies were put in place in the most tranquil years of the EU, Member States would successfully meet the consequences of the economic crisis and let citizens feel why they needed Europe.

"Maybe we do not realize that the most serious crisis in the EU is the deficit of ideas," said the Vice President and stressed that the result is the strengthening of anti-European voices. She pointed out the particularly important role of national parliaments and local authorities in the negotiations for Multiannual Financial Framework. On the topic of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Iliana Yotova said that concrete results on the "Western Balkans" priority were needed. As extremely difficult and delicate, the Vice-President identified the role of Bulgaria as a mediator between the EU and Turkey. In the lively discussion then the 2018 graduates exchanged views on the future of Europe.

The Vice President Iliyana Yotova was the last speaker in the training of this year's cohort of the Bulgarian School of Politics. From October to March the forty participants in the National Program "Governing skills" went through four courses each of which was four days. The successful graduates will receive diplomas in a few months and will become part of the network of the Bulgarian School of Politics.

And as usual at each final, there was a picture of the participants, a lot of emotions and new friendships that everybody kept in the heart while leaving Hotel Riu in Pravets.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:06 Велизар Георгиев

boyko_saitFor or against the revocation of summer time. This was the topic of the simulation of a TV debate, which involved the participants in the National Program during the third day of the last training course.

Before moving on to the debate with arguments, the trainees listened with interest the journalist Mr. Boyko Vassilev. The producer and host of the "Panorama" broadcast on the Bulgarian National Television gave the students practical tips on how to behave in front of the camera and how to defend their thesis in 30 seconds.

Earlier during the day Professor Ingrid Shikova, Professor of European Studies at Sofia University, presented to the participants a lecture entitled "EU decision-making process" followed by a simulation game in which the program's trainees had to negotiate a multi-year financial framework of the EU.

Monday, 19 March 2018 20:03 Велизар Георгиев

fileva_saitThe second day of the fourth course of the National Program "Governing Skills", which is being held at Riu Hotel in Pravets, started with the "Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Program 2030". What is development policy and how it has developed during the years the trainees learned from Prof. Petranka Fileva and Dr. Ralitsa Kovacheva from the Faculty of Journalism at Sofia University.

The training day continued with the theme of the European perspective for the Western Balkans, where lecturers were the Director of South East Europe Directorate at the MFA Mr. Angel Angelov, the Director of the Sofia Bureau of the European Council on Foreign Relations Mrs. Vesela Tcherneva and Mr. Christoph Bender, senior analyst at the European Initiative for Stability.
At the end of the day, the rules of conduct in society drew the attention of the forty trainees of the BSoP. Mr. Anatoly Paziiski, a career diplomat and long-time head of the Internal Protocols and Ceremonies Department of the President's Office, was the lecturer on style, etiquette and protocol.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 21:01 Велизар Георгиев

noris_saitThe Irish politician and a human rights activist, Senator David Norris was a special guest in the "30 minutes in the company of ..." section at the end of the first day of the fourth course of the National Program "Governing Skills". The famous politician welcomed the trainees with a few words in Bulgarian and congratulated them on the fact that Bulgaria is now the capital of Europe. Senator Norris began talking about the Istanbul Convention by saying that he was aware that there were difficulties in accepting it in Bulgaria, while in Ireland this was not the case.

"I do not think there should be pressure on the Bulgarian Government to adopt the Istanbul Convention, I consider this approach to be wrong. This has to be done by a debate", said David Norris.

Homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland was a criminal offense 25 years ago. Norris's lawsuits against the state which were later on moved to the European Court of Human Rights have led the Irish Government to decriminalize homosexuality in 1993 and a few years ago to approve marriages between same-sex couples.

Senator Norris shared with the participants the path that he has gone to fight the rights of this community.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:58 Велизар Георгиев

evrodeputati_saitThe Bulgarian MEPs Mr. Vladimir Urutchev and Mr. Momchil Nekov were special guest lecturers and master of ateliers in the National Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics. On the first day of the fourth course they introduced the trainees to the work of the European Parliament, the complex system for making European policies and the differences with the Bulgarian Parliament.

The two European parliamentarians stressed on the diversity in the Parliament of Europe, which calls for seeking a compromise.

Later Mr. Vladimir Urutchev and Mr. Momchil Nekov presented to the participants in the program one of their priorities, on which they actively work in the European Parliament. The theme of the MEP of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Mr. Momchil Nekov, was: "Quality term" mountain product "- is there any ground for implementation in Bulgaria?". Mr. Vladimir Urutchev of the Group of the European People's Party focused his speech on legislation, myths and reality on the transition to low-carbon energy.


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