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Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:53 Велизар Георгиев

dimitrius_saitWith a lecture delivered by the President of the Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International and European Studies at the Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Prof. Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, started the last, fourth, course of the National Program. In front of the participants - political and civic leaders - Prof. Triantaphyllou talked about the major international players and the processes between them. He emphasized on the possibilities to avoid creating a world of dystopia.

"In these difficult times, the belief in the European Union, in the European project, is what can pull us forward. But these processes can not be driven only by the elites. The voice of ordinary citizens should also be heard," said the professor, adding that the glue that holds the world after 1945 begins to wither, and the only way to go forward is everyone to fight for what he believes in.

Before moving to the new themes and tasks, the participants in the National Program "Governing Skills" presented their group homework. The task was to make suggestions about the energy mix of Bulgaria, placing a major emphasis on Bulgaria's energy security.

Comments on the homework were given by the jury – Mr. Ivan Hinovski, Chairman of the Bulgarian Energy Forum and Mr. Yavor Kuyumdzhiev, Member of the BSP National Assembly.

The fourth course of the National Program is devoted to European policies and will continue until 21st of March at the Riu Hotel in the town of Pravets.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:15 Велизар Георгиев

energetika_saitWhat is the strategic vision for the development of Bulgarian energy?

This was the topic of the panel "Long-term Strategies of Bulgaria", with which finished the third course of the National Program "Governing Skills". It was attended by the energy experts Valentin Nikolov, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Yavor Kuyumdjiev, a member of the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Slavcho Neykov, Chairman of the Energy Management Institute. Within the panel the homework that the participants should prepare for the next course was also presented. They will have to make suggestions on what should be the energy mix in Bulgaria by placing a major emphasis on Bulgaria's energy security.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:13 Велизар Георгиев

valchev_saitThe topic "for" or "against" the ratification of the Istanbul Convention was also debated in the training room of the current cohort of the National Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics. Simulation of a radio debate was one of the tasks for the participants during the third day of the third course of the Program. Before standing in front of the microphone as defenders of one or the other position on the case, the trainees were introduced into the intricacies of radio broadcasting by the journalist Kiril Valchev, who is a host of the political broadcast "The Week" on Darik Radio.

Earlier during the day, the participants divided by groups were tasked to conduct a stakeholder analysis. "Stakeholders are the people who have an interest in a policy, who are influenced by it, can influence it, or both", explained Emilia Zankina, Deputy Rector of the American University in Bulgaria, to the participants.

Developing a stakeholder analysis will also be the task for the individual homework of all participants in the National Program. It will be rated by Emilia Zankina.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:11 Велизар Георгиев

monika_saitWith a lecture on the importance and priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, started the third day of the third course of the National Program "Governing Skills" Guest speakers were the Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency Monika Panayotova, who is a graduate of the Bulgarian School of Politics and Juliana Nikolova, Director of the Europe Portal.

In front of the audience of political and civic leaders, Juliana Nikolova talked about the functions of the EU Council.

Deputy Minister Panayotova reminded the students of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency and said that it was a negotiation marathon, as on the final would be taken into account how many legislative changes the Union had made. "The Council of the EU and the European Parliament are co-legislators and partners by participating equally in the adoption of the majority of EU legislation proposed by the European Commission", recalled Monika Panayotova and pointed out practical examples from the negotiation process between the EU Council and the European Parliament at the time of the Presidency of Bulgaria. These includes the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the European Solidarity Corps Regulation.

During the discussion, the participants were interested whether there were young people interested in volunteering during our Presidency and what was planned to be done on the issue of the Western Balkans.

Monday, 12 February 2018 20:09 Велизар Георгиев

donchev_saitThe current cohort of the National Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics had a conversation with the politician and person Tomislav Donchev. The Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria was a guest in the "30 minutes in the company of ..." on the second day of the third training course.

"Approximately 10 years have passed since my entry into politics, and for that period I have split up with a lot of illusions, some of which I would even call romantic," the Deputy Prime Minister told the forty political and civic leaders, including MPs, mayors, - members and representatives of civil organizations participating in this year's BSoP program.

"Now where, what is going on and how," the participants asked Tomislav Donchev adding that they wanted to hear a reply from him not only as a politician but also as a philosophy graduate.

The Deputy Prime Minister was categorical that the world was changing and he was excited by questions such as: "What will happen to people whose professions will be dropped in the future?" and "Isn't the possibility of a multiple increase in people's lifetimes going to lead to a conflict?"

The Deputy Prime Minister could not think of a concrete example of a political decision he made, which was in contradiction with his inner conviction.

Specifically, however, he talked about reforms in the administration, deinstitutionalization, education. He also shared his views on the political system in the future.

Monday, 12 February 2018 17:16 Велизар Георгиев

sigurnost_saitOn the basis of sociological data and their own knowledge of the economic and political situation in Bulgaria and Europe, the participants in the National Program "Governing Skills" had to formulate priorities for political parties from different parts of the political spectrum. The learning task was a part of their work in small groups during the second day of the third course, which is currently held at Riu Hotel - Pravets. It was possible to cope with the exercise thanks to the lecture by the sociologist Boryana Dimitrova, which the participants heard before that. The Managing Partner of the Alpha Research Sociological Agency talked about the role of the political parties and the processes within them in overcoming democratic deficits, and then commented on how to deal with the learning task.

The day continued with a lecture on the prospects for the development of the Bulgarian economy. "What are the internal and external factors on which the economic growth of our country depends?" Answers to this question were received from Lachezar Bogdanov, an economist at Industrywatch.

Questions related to the challenges to the national security of Bulgaria, the participants in the current class of the Bulgarian School of Politics could ask during the third panel of the second school day. Guest speakers were the journalists Mohamed Halaf and Petar Karaboev, as well as the chairman of the Sofia Security Forum Yordan Bozhilov.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 20:03 Велизар Георгиев

ninova_sait"When I was studying at the Bulgarian School of Politics, I did not believe I would ever stand on the other side as a guest lecturer in the National Program." With these words, the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Cornelia Ninova, started her speech within the section "30 minutes in the company of ..." The President of the National Council of the BSP immediately gave the floor to the participants for questions on the grounds that obsessed with talking, politicians very often fail to hear the questions.

And those of Grade 2018 of the BSoP were not missing.

The young political and civic leaders asked the BSP's chair if she had to pass a new law on what it would be.

"A law on demography. We do not need roads when our nation disappears, "Mrs. Ninova said. The struggle with corruption would be the first thing the BSP's leader would do if she was in the executive power.

According to Cornelia Ninova, women in politics should not behave as men, though their work is such that they are sometimes forced to do so. In front of the participants in the National Program, the chairman of the Bulgarian left party said that her strongest support was her family and her team are the people.

"Whenever I am hesitant, I get on the car and go to the most remote village. From the conversations with people there I understand whether I have support or I have done something wrong, "said Ninova and advised the young politicians to always listen to people without being populists.

Cornelia Ninova answered many more questions related to healthcare, judicial reform, development of left-wing political parties in Bulgaria and Europe.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:00 Велизар Георгиев

detski_politikiWith children policies and in particular with children's justice in Bulgaria started the third course of the National Program "Governing Skills." The Executive Director of the National Network for Children Georgi Bogdanov, the Sofia District Court Judge Albena Boteva and the Child Justice Expert, Lawyer Ivan Georgiev talked about the problems of children's justice in Bulgaria and possible ways to solve them.

All three lecturers united around the idea that more humane child justice is needed, which can be achieved through changing the current Anti-Juvenile Delinquency Act, which is 60 years old.

"In this law there are measures that are extremely punitive, punish the children for things that we, elderly, are not sued for," said Georgi Bogdanov.

After the discussion, the participants divided into groups took the role of judges, lawyers, prosecutors and parents and made a simulation of a lawsuit in which a 15-year-old girl was accused.


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