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Friday, 09 December 2016 21:26 School of Politics

diplomirane_2016Forty participants in the National Program “Governing Skills” of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” received their diplomas at a special graduation ceremony. The event was on 9 December. The diplomas were awarded by the Chair of the Board Ms. Sasha Bezuhanova, the Board Member Ms. Boriana Dimitrova and the Executive Director Ms. Irina Alexieva.

On the same day the Class 2016 hosted a special Networking event for the alumni of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”. The event took place at Festa hotel Sofia and over 100 people from all School’s cohorts took part in it.

Friday, 02 December 2016 19:11 School of Politics

debat_nbu_2016The programs and the opportunities for education, internship and entrepreneurship among youngsters insured by the EU are practically endless, as long as they are ambitious, active and search for the necessary information. This was the common statement of the Members of the European Parliament Mr. Andrey Kovatchev and Mr. Angel Dzhambazki during the lecture “Are you ready for your own business” that took place in the New Bulgarian University in Sofia.

The youth unemployment rate in the EU is almost 20% with Greece having the highest rate – 45% and Bulgaria being in the middle. Mr. Angel Dzhambazki said that the good education is the best option to turn this trend around and to provide young people with opportunities to find job. He added that it is a bit more difficult for young people to get into entrepreneurship which is also seen as a job alternative. However, Dzhambazki outlined about 10 programs which can finance young people – micro, for investments or for innovations.

“It is not for the EU or the government to find us job but to provide the relevant instruments to encourage entrepreneurship,” said Mr. Andrey Kovatchev. According to him, the connection between the education and the needs of the real business is broken which results in many young people being unable to find job after graduation and being forced to retrain. “The European programs funding is for free, however, the bureaucracy and the documentation connected with the reporting are very serious. The other option is to take a favorable business credit which should be paid back after this,” explained Mr. Kovatchev the advantages and disadvantages of European funding.

The obstacles for young people in Bulgaria to start their own business are mainly two – on one hand, corruption and bureaucracy in the administration and on the other, the clash between digital and analog people, answered Angel Dzhambazki to a student’s question. The education is extremely important and people should self-educate themselves and be awarded in order to keep pace with the developments. According to Mr. Andrey Kovatchev, another obstacle is the slow, ineffective legal system. He added that the average administrative echelon is sabotaging the introduction of the Electronic Government which is supposed to solve the problem with the bureaucracy, going from a counter to counter and the corruption pressure.

Today’s debate is part of the “Europe and I” project which the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” is implementing with the support of the European Parliament. The aim is to provoke the interest and the commitment of young Bulgarians towards the work of the European Parliament and their development opportunities in the EU.

Next year, during project BSoP will organize another debate with students about the role of free media for democracy in the European context, as well as an online photo competition, exhibition and discussion forum entitled “Am I going to vote on the next EU elections and why?”.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:14 School of Politics

europe_and_i_logoYou are welcome to join the debate on business and EU support mechanisms for entrepreneurship. The Members of the European Parliament Mr. Andrey Kovatchev from GERB and Mr. Angel Dzhambazki from IMRO will answer the questions of the students during the discussion “Are you ready for your own business?”. The event will take place on the 02.12.2016 (Friday) at 12.00 in hall 310 New Bulgarian University.

Friday, 25 November 2016 19:54 School of Politics

debat_aubg_2016The introduction of the new technologies is increasingly changing the labor market and our future depends on the type, quality and the level of education of the young people. This was stated today by the Members of the European Parliament Mr. Georgi Pirinski and Mr. Andrey Novakov during the debate “How are new technologies changing our life and work?”, conducted with students from the American University in Bulgaria and the South-West University in Blagoevgrad.

The discussion is part of the project “Europe and I” of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”, organized with the financial support of the European Parliament. The goal of the project is to provoke the interest and the commitment of young Bulgarians towards the work of the European Parliament and their development opportunities in the EU.

The unemployed in Europe are 22,780m, 50% of whom are permanently unemployed and have not been able to find job over a year, says Mr. Pirinski. The employment of young people under 29 years is a serious issue because the unemployment rate among them is higher than the average one for the country. Those are the results from a report on how digital technologies introduction is affecting the labor market and the employment. The most affected ones are the low-qualified and routine activities which are being automated. In response to this alarming data, the education should be even more broad-spectrum and furthermore the future is in increasing the number of self-employed people who can work remotely, adds Mr. Pirinski.

The more we digitalize the economy, the more the need for broader roads and bigger ports will be also growing, so that the human factor will never be unnecessary, says the Member of the European Parliament Mr. Andrey Novakov. He added that the EU is realizing the need for digitalization and is investing efforts and money in it. Next year, Europe will invest half billion euro more in order to solve the youth unemployment problem. If currently Bulgaria is experiencing shortage of designers, doctors and architects, than it should think about encouraging young people to graduate from those subjects.

Both Members of the European Parliament were explicit that the EU is offering many programs, encouraging apprenticeship, internship and education because the transition from the school to the first job is the most difficult one not only in Bulgaria. The discussion continued more than 2 hours. The project “Europe and I” will continue with 2 more debates between Members of the European Parliament and students from leading Bulgarian Universities.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 18:06 School of Politics

logo_enBulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" is organizing a debate between MEPs Georgi Pirinski and Andrey Novakov and students of the American University in Bulgaria for the role and impact of new technologies on the life and work of young people. What are the challenges and opportunities facing Bulgaria and the EU in the context of the development of new technologies and what is their impact on households, businesses and the formation of national and European policy - these are some of the issues that will be discussed during the meeting.

The event will be held on November 25 (Friday) at 13.00 pm in room 103 Balkanski Academic Center, Skaptopara Campus Street, Svoboda Bachvarova 12 of the American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad.

The debate is part of the project "Europe & I", whose goal is to provoke interest and commitment of young Bulgarians to the work of the European Parliament and the opportunities for their development within the European Union.

During the project debates in two more leading universities will be conducted, there will be an online photo competition, exhibition and discussion forum by the end of June 2017.

"Europe & I" is a project of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitar Panitza", which is implemented with the financial support of the European Parliament

Sunday, 20 November 2016 13:42 School of Politics

20.11.2016Тhis year Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" introduced topics, related to children’s policies in the National Program. The first thematic cycle was dedicated to the state of child rights in Bulgaria and was held on a symbolic date – November 20 – the day of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Guest speakers were Ms. Velina Todorova – a member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child to the UN and Mr. Georgi Bogdanov – Executive Director of National Network for Children.

The panels devoted to children’s policies are implemented within the project “The Voice of Bulgarian children is heard by the policy-makers”, funded by Oak Foundation, and created to enhance the process of formulating and implementing child policies and to support the introduction of good practices in order to resolve current problems.

The main focus of the lecture was the need the policies and the actions of the public authorities to take into account the priority of children’s problems and needs. The speakers reviewed the most important topics and documents that relate the development and the protection of the child rights in Bulgaria, the creation of the Law on Child Protection and other regulations.

A second panel section for children's policies lies ahead in the second course of the Program, namely "Family policies in Bulgaria."

Saturday, 19 November 2016 19:15 School of Politics

pregovori_2016The accent of the third day of the National program was the topic “Conflict management and negitiations”. The lecture “Conflict management” was delivered by Mr. Ivelin Nikolov, who is a psychologist and a lecturer in conflict management. Under the guidance of Ms. Albena Komitova, trainer in mediation and member of the National Association of mediators, the trainees took part in a series of simulations on how to convince the opponent to say “yes”. Earlier in the day program included a panel on teamwork.

Friday, 18 November 2016 20:13 School of Politics

guri_2016"Only through education we can change the mindset and attitudes of the people." This is what the philanthropist Elvin Guri said to the participants in the National Program “Governing skills”. He was a special guest in the panel “30 minutes with…” Guri and his wife Ralica Again support education initiatives and institutions, among which the American University in Bulgaria, Junior Achievement Bulgaria and “Teach for Bulgaria”. He was a guest, as part of the efforts of the Bulgarian School of Politics to support philanthropy in Bulgaria.

The second day of the national program started with a lecture on the strategic thinking and leadership of change. The topic was delivered by Mr. Vladimir Borachev, who is a lecturer in the EMBA Program of the American University in Bulgaria and certificated coach. The program continued with a session dedicated to effective speaking and persuasive communication. Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva, who is a university professor in rhetoric, public relations and business communication, talked about models of political speaking and rhetoric skills that captivate the audience. Mr. Miroslav Mavrov, who is a Deputy Chair of the association “Debates”, illustrated the main participation rules in political debates.


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