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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.

 
Monday, 02 October 2017 15:27 Велизар Георгиев
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The Executive Director of the Bulgarian School of Politics, Irina Alexieva, accepted the challenge, and she was appointed as an adviser to the Bulgarian EU Commissioner in Brussels since early October.

 "I agreed to become adviser to the EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. Next months will be extremely important for Bulgaria, and I think that each of us has to help with whatever we can," Mrs. Alexieva wrote to the 600 graduates of the school. She added that in the time she is absent, the Bulgarian School of Politics remains in the good hands of long-time employees of the organization.

 "I count on your support for the cause and the mission of the Bulgarian School of Politics and the team that works for you," concluded Irina Alexieva.

 
Monday, 25 September 2017 16:36 Велизар Георгиев

marocco_22.10.2017The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" organized a Training of Trainers on "Empowering Women - Active Participation in Policy and Decision Making Process in Morocco" on 22 and 23 September 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.

Ten women who are representatives of political parties, local and regional authorities and civil organizations participated in the training. For two days they developed their skills and knowledge in order to further organize trainings to empower women in decision-making process.

The training was opened by the Executive Director of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" (BSoP), Mrs. Irina Alexieva, the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Morocco, H.E. Boryana Simeonova and the Director of the Moroccan Citizenship School of Political Studies Mr. Youssef Laaraj.

H.E. Ambassador Simeonova officially opened the training on the day of the national holiday of Bulgaria and one day after the Islamic New Year. She welcomed the interest of the participants to engage with the development of Morocco. The Bulgarian diplomat identified the participants as the future of Morocco and encouraged them to develop their skills and knowledge in order to maintain friendly relations between Bulgaria and Morocco.

Youssef Laaraj reminded the long-standing partnership between the BSoP and the Moroccan Citizenship School of Political Studies. He reviewed the various educational initiatives for young people and women in Morocco and the role of similar training programs for the development of the new generation of political and civic leaders and their empowerment. Mr Laaraj addressed the role of education and the need to reform it. "First, we have to decide what kind of young people and women we want to develop, with what kind of values and in what way and then to move on to reforms."

Special case studies were prepared by Mrs. Latifa Soufiani and the international coach, Mr. Mustapha El Haddad, through which participants developed their leadership and communication skills and saw how the learning process of adults is done in practice.

At the end of the day the participants and lecturers were welcomed at a reception given by the Ambassador of Bulgaria to Morocco H.E. Boryana Simeonova. The reception was attended also by representatives of other diplomatic missions.

The second day of the training began with the presentation of Mrs. Raja Morjani, an international human rights expert. Mrs. Morjani made an overview of women's participation in political and public life in Morocco. She made an overview of the effect of the new Moroccan constitution from 2011 on the women's rights and the introduction of women's quotas for senior electoral posts. Before the changes, 0.66% of the Moroccan parliament members were women. In 2011 this percentage is already 17%. Today, 81 out of 395 seats in Moroccan Parliament are taken by women.

One participant compared the status of women's rights in some areas of Morocco such as "getting off the donkey and boarding on the plane." Another participant who lives in a small settlement shared her experience that she was the first woman ever to visit the local café.

The participants united on the conclusion that, in order to improve the status of women, they have to learn to network, to fight together for global aims and to cooperate.

In the second part of the day, the participants learned how effectively to defend their thesis in a TV debate. Every female participant had the opportunity to practice what they have learned by recording a 30-second speech and getting feedback from the TV and radio journalist Jalal Makhfi.

At the end of the day, Yassine Souidi, an expert of youth policy, presented the various ways to combine theoretical lectures and practical case studies in their future trainings.

The Training of Trainers was officially closed by the directors of the Bulgarian and Moroccan School of Politics who gave certificates to all of the participants. 

The training was co-organized with the Citizenship School of Political Studies (Ecole Citoyenne des Etudes Politiques - ECEP) of Morocco and was funded by the International Organization of La Francophonie.

 
Saturday, 08 July 2017 18:24 School of Politics
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Vice-President Iliyana Yotova arrived in Pravets in order to award the diplomas to the participants at this year's International Summer Academy of the Bulgarian School of Politics.

The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Andre Azoulay, Senior Advisor to the King of Morocco, the Ambassador of Morocco to Bulgaria H.E. Ms. Zakia El Midaoui and Mr. Michael Remmert, Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Department of Council of Europe.

"I am sure you have been looking for and have found a solution to overcome this crisis that has conquered our society. Over the past week you have heard many speakers, people with their own opinion, you have created many contacts and I am sure you will have solutions for some of the problems”, said the Vice-President of Bulgaria. Iliana Yotova did not miss to mention that the Bulgarian School of Politics has trained many of the current Bulgarian politicians and representatives of civil society.

Each of the 21 participants from Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Bulgaria received their diploma personally from Mrs. Yotova with a wish for future success. No one missed the opportunity to take a photo for a memory with the Bulgarian Vice-President. The Executive Director of the Bulgarian School of Politics Mrs. Irina Alexieva gave each participant traditional Bulgarian souvenirs and wished good luck to the participants of the Academy. The day ended with a lot of photos, invitations and promises for visits in different countries.

 

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