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Friday, 12 April 2019 13:27 Велизар Георгиев

blagoevgrad_saitThe challenges of the European labor market have been discussed by experts with young people and students in Blagoevgrad.

The European labor market enables people to look for the best place to live and work. Despite the principle of free movement, the labor market is still very fragmented - one in Greece, another in Italy, the UK. Legislation is different, and therefore the results are very different. Youth unemployment in Germany and the Czech Republic is under 6%, in Spain and Greece 40%. In the Netherlands, for example, 84% of young people work while in Bulgaria the percentage is 17. One reason for the situation is that in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and northern countries at all, there is a lot of flexible labor legislation and various forms of employment are very common.

This was stated by the economic analyst Lachezar Bogdanov during a discussion with students and young people on "Youth employment - the challenges of the European labor market." The debate took place on 12 April at the American University in Blagoevgrad with the participation of Ivan Velkov , member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Industrial Association and Dobromir Ivanov, founder and manager of the Bulgarian Start-up Association. The organizer of the discussion is the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" with the support of the European Parliament. In his performance, Lachezar Bogdanov also talked about the future of the labor market, which with the development of technology, computers and robots became unpredictable. According to the economic analyst, the experts do not agree whether more low-skilled or highly qualified professions will remain in the past due to the development of artificial intelligence and computers. Ivan Velkov also advocated the thesis that machines are increasingly replacing the human labor force. He is Vice President of the Sofia Municipal Council, a university lecturer and entrepreneur and has recently joined the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Industrial Association.

Over the past few years, we have witnessed how different tasks performed by an expert can be executed by machines and systems, and the role of man in all these activities is becoming more and more controlling. Nowadays, in the current context marketing, finance and all the activities that improve the working environment and thus the living environment become extremely important, said Velkov. According to him, years ago, it was not possible for anyone to work in one place and at the same time to perform a project at another place, and to watch a movie that has nothing to do with his geographic location – all these changing activities make us all choose each day what and how to do. European programs provide a framework, an environment in which everyone has unlimited opportunities to choose. These choices depend mostly on man's motivation. "The changing environment creates new projects and new sectors in the economy," he summed up.

In the discussion, the manager of the Bulgarian Start-up Association Dobromir Ivanov took the stand on the topic of youth employment. "What makes a person successful is not his autobiography but his character. We shape our character every day, whether we do it consciously or not," Ivanov told the students from the American and Southwest Universities in Blagoevgrad, students from high schools and representatives of the youth structures of parties in the southern city. "We are struggling for hundreds of changes in the laws that affect the business and the economy as a whole, but without a change in our way of thinking, all this will crash, because everything depends ultimately on how people perform it," Dobromir Ivanov said.

The lecturers also addressed the issue of the literacy of the population in Bulgaria and the worrying situation of the demographic crisis. The discussion also focused on what the government could do to ensure a good working environment and to make Bulgaria more attractive to young people. Here, the role of MEPs, who in practice form the working conditions of the EU with their decisions, was defined as extremely important. "Now there will be new elections and the newly elected representatives in the European Parliament will have the opportunity to become ambassadors of the important topics, and subsequently their contractors. Here I would like to say that I was also pleasantly impressed by MEPs from other countries, who sometimes participated in Bulgarian themes, saw where the logic was and in the context of the European objectives went into details and stated: "You have the right, we can try to do something," said Ivan Velkov.

The debate in Blagoevgrad is the last of the planned five discussions with students, young people and people from vulnerable groups in different cities in Bulgaria. The aim of all of them is to raise awareness among young Bulgarians on certain topics related to the European Union and to pay attention to the importance of exercising the right to vote in the European elections on May 26th. The Forum in Blagoevgrad is part of the project "Europe Hears You. Vote!", which the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza " implements with the support of the European Parliament.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:52 Велизар Георгиев

kustendil_saitNearly 17 million Europeans are unemployed and 25 million children live in poverty, with the proportion of people aged 0 to 17 being higher than any other age group. More than 70 million people with disabilities are in the EU, and they often face obstacles that prevent them from working equally with others in society. The data was presented during the discussion "Social Policy of Europe and the European Pillar of Social Rights" organized by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" with the support of the European Parliament. The guests of the event were the Ambassador of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Bulgaria and Executive Director of the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation Iliana Nikolova and Lydia Chorbanova, Program Director of the Institute for European Strategies and Practices and Advisor to MEP Kostadinka Kuneva. Moderator of the discussion was Sasho Kovachev from "Largo" Association. The meeting was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Kyustendil Svetoslav Vassilev. 50 residents of Kyustendil, representatives of the municipality and trade unions, people from vulnerable groups and students attended the discussion.

"The European pillar of social rights has clear and specific dimensions to every citizen in the European Union," said Iliana Nikolova. She added that it is extremely important that we all know what the European Union does in the social sphere. The three basic principles of the European pillar of social rights include equal opportunities and access to employment, fair working conditions and social protection as well as inclusion. Each of them has specific dimensions and areas that covers. The principle of equal opportunity and access to the labor market involves four main points - education, training and lifelong learning, gender equality, equal opportunities for all and active support for employment. The fair working conditions cover all components associated with them such as safe and flexible employment, payroll, information on working conditions and protection in case of dismissal, social dialogue and employee participation, balance between work and personal life, healthy, safe and well-adapted work environment and protection of personal data. The third principle - social protection and inclusion, include care and support for children, social protection, unemployment benefits, minimum income benefits and old-age pensions, health care, integration of people with disabilities, long-term care, housing and support for homeless people as well as access to basic services.

"The European Social Pillar has not been easily created. Its creation has been speeded up by reasons we all have experienced more or less on our backs - the global economic crisis, the accession of Eastern European countries that were poorer, and at some point it turned out that inequalities were enormous", told Lydia Chorbanova during the discussion. For these reasons, Europe has set the target of reducing the number of people at risk of poverty by at least 20 million by 2020. In addition to setting up the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, a Development and Assistance Fund has been set up with a budget of € 3.8 billion, to be spent during 2014-2020 time period.

"Social policy is not the one to extinguish fires, help people in trouble or feed and dress someone. It is the work of the whole society, it is also the work of the citizens themselves. Social policy is that part of the policies that enables society to develop sustainably and live well, " Chobanova added. She was certain that we all must be active as a society in European life, and that the participation in the elections of the European Parliament is one of the ways to stay involved.

During the discussion, the participants also discussed further issues related to the Territorial expert medical commission reform, the absenteeism of students and the planned discontinuation of benefits, as well as the overall picture of the EU in regards to the labor force as a result of the demographic crisis and the continuing migration to the Old Continent.

The event in Kyustendil is part of the planned five debates with students, young people and vulnerable groups in different cities in Bulgaria. The discussions' aim is to raise the awareness of young Bulgarians on certain topics related to the European Union, to provoke their interest and commitment to the work of the European Parliament as well as to pay attention to the importance of exercising the right to vote in the upcoming European elections. The forum is part of the project "Europe Hears You. Vote!", implemented by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" with the support of the European Parliament. The project also gives young people in Bulgaria the opportunity to participate in an audiovisual competition. The winner of which will win a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels. The contest is now open for participation. Details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/europeandi.bg/.

Saturday, 30 March 2019 14:57 Велизар Георгиев

plovdiv_saitA political scientist, a political communications expert and a regional mayor have discussed with young people in Plovdiv the influence of the fake news on the European elections

"Fake news can not influence elections in which people have decided and gone voting. For more than thirty years I have been working on campaigns and I know that where people want to change something, they want to vote for someone and want things to happen, nothing is able to change their decision. During elections, we have the power to impose our decision. You should understand that the more you vote, the more politicians' bills on how the election results would look like get flurried. This is always a good news for us, the citizens. It is important that our interests are protected. "

This was stated by the political scientist Assoc. Prof. Tatyana Burudzhieva on Friday in Plovdiv. She, together with the political communications expert Prof. Rossen Stoyanov and the mayor of the Plovdiv region "South" Borislav Inchev, participated in a discussion with students and young people in Plovdiv on the topic: "Can the fake news threaten the European elections?". The debate took place at the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski". The Chairman of the youth organization of BSP in the "city of the 7 hills and current MP Teodora Halacheva as well as Miroslav Tenev, Chairman of the youth organization of GERB in Plovdiv were present at the event as well.

"You have to realize that whenever there is news, it has been reported by someone. This one has some purpose. In the case of the fake news, the intention is important," said Tatyana Burudzhieva to the young people. According to her, one of the biggest problems in this sphere is the lack of critical thinking, which is why people often believe in completely unreal information without questioning it.

Professor Rossen Stoyanov has called the young people to strive for more awareness and critical thinking. He told them to make more effort to reach the information. "This is a pill that will not cure us completely, but it will help us a lot," the professor said. According to him fake news thrives where awareness lacks. The fake news thrives where there is a low level of education and lack of awareness, and where the value system is broken and destroyed. The only way to fight them is the intellectual approach. "In the world of digital technologies, we are the active part", Prof. Stoyanov said.

"Europe - it's you! Europe is here and now!", the professor addressed the young people.

According to the Mayor of the Southern Region of Plovdiv, Borislav Inchev, Bulgarian society is increasingly ready to put questions of responsibility in its different dimensions, and the time has already come for people who generate fake news to be held responsible, including those who distribute it afterwards.

"The most important thing is that everyone will go voting. This means that with your voice you have expressed your opinion and give trust to the person or organization you voted for, to defend the things you believe in, "said Inchev to the students and the young people.

During the discussion, the role of traditional media as well as social networks in contemporary society was raised.

The youngsters have shown exclusive activity during the debate as well as good knowledge of topical issues in society, which often cause fake news.

The debate in Plovdiv is the third one of the planned five discussions with students, young people and people from vulnerable groups in different cities in Bulgaria. Before Plovdiv, debates took place in Veliko Tarnovo and Vratza. The aim of all of them is to raise awareness among young Bulgarians on certain topics related to the European Union and to pay attention to the importance of exercising the right to vote in the European elections on May 26th. The Forum in Plovdiv is part of the project "Europe Hears You. Vote!", which the Bulgarian School of Politics" Dimitry Panitza" implements with the support of the European Parliament.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:40 Велизар Георгиев
sresta_tarnovo_sait"I am convinced that what we are doing is in the name of the children and their better future. In order to provide them with a dignified life and to implement these children's development policies, not only documents and solutions, but also suitable and prepared people are needed. The human factor in this sphere is the most important one for realizing our common goals." This was stated by the district governor of Veliko Tarnovo, Prof. Dr. Lubomira Popova, who opened and attended a regional meeting on the problems of children from Northern Bulgaria. It was held on October 11 in the old capital and presented a national analysis of the problems of the young inhabitants of the country with emphasis placed on the children from Northern Bulgaria. The study was developed by the expert Mr. Ivaylo Milanov on the basis of the conducted and presented analyzes of the six administrative regions of Bulgaria.
Representatives of district administrations, local authorities, NGOs and graduates of the BSoP from Northern Bulgaria also learned about the European experience in solving children's problems thanks to the educational expert Ms. Mariana Georgieva, a PhD student in Pedagogical and Aging Psychology at the University of Veliko Tarnovo and at the Stefan Zweig University "In Salzburg.
The meeting in Veliko Tarnovo was part of the project "The Voice of Bulgarian Children".
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 18:37 Велизар Георгиев
sresta_plovdiv_saitThe graduates of the BSoP - the MP Ms. Asya Peeva and the Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Mr. Stefan Stoyanov, opened the regional meeting on the problems of the children in South Bulgaria.
The forum which is a part of “The Voice of Bulgarian Children” project was held on 9 October in Plovdiv and was attended by over 30 representatives of regional and local authorities, NGOs, representatives of the Agency for Social Assistance and    alumni of the Bulgarian School of Politics from Southern Bulgaria.
A national analysis on the problems of the small inhabitants of the country with an emphasis on the problems of the children from South Central, South-Eastern and South-West regions was presented during the event. The research was conducted by the expert Mr. Ivailo Milanov on the basis of the developed and presented analyzes of the six administrative regions of Bulgaria.
According to the document, the population in Southern Bulgaria under working age is almost twice as high as compared to the Northern part of the country. In 2017, 689,808 children lived south of the Balkan, which is 5432 more than in 2016. In North Bulgaria, however, in 2017 the number of children was 346,220 and continued to decline. Further statistics and conclusions on welfare, education, health and child justice were presented.
The educational expert Ms. Mariana Georgieva shared with the participants in the meeting Europe's experience of coping with children's problems.
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.


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