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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.

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.


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