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,,Europe and I" is a project implemented by the Bulgarian School of Politics ,,Dimitry Panitza". Its purpose is to raise the awareness and interest of the Bulgarian public towards the role and work of the European parliament.The project is supported by the European parliament and will continue until the end of June 2017. The audience that has been targeted by the project is youngsters between the age of 16 and 29.

The project foresees debates between the members of the European parliament and youths from three Bulgarian universities on subjects like ,,The role of the free media in the European context'', ,,The new technologies and their influence on the life and work of people'' as well as ,,Are you ready for a private business''. During the meetings the Bulgarian members of the European parliament will formulate their message in the context of the opportunities and perspectives which the European Union provides for young people.

Bulgarian members of the European parliament will be invited to share their priorities within the BSoP's National program ,,Governing skills"

A photo competition ,,This is my Europe" will be held at the beginning of spring. A professional jury will evaluate the work of the young photographers and the best pictures will be presented at a special exhibition. 

The final event on the project will be a discussion on "Will I vote at the elections for members of the European parliament and why?". During this event the MEPs will answer questions raised by young people.

 

The project "The Voice of Bulgarian Children is Heard by the Policy-Makers" is implemented by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and is funded by Oak Foundation. It will be carried out from 2016 to 2019.The project is designed to enhance the process of formulating and implementing adequate child policies and to support the introduction of good practices in order to resolve current problems. It focuses on the group of political and civic policy-makers. We want that today's children of Bulgaria can feel safe and secure and that their voice is heard at all level of power.

 

The aim of the project is to analyse the social environment based on the experts knowledge and professional experience of the alumni of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza". It engages the whole BSoP alumni community, consisting of over 600 people, who are professional politicians, representatives of NGOs or branch organisations, or are magistrates. These are public opinion leaders, who can directly or indirectly influence public policies and processes within social and political life.

Based on the analysis of the social environment and its deficits, three key areas will be identified as problematic for Bulgaria. These will be thoroughly studied and BSoP alumni, split into different teams, will work on the problems, will give recommendations for overcoming the shortcomings and suggest reforms into policies. The three key areas will be discussed as with the alumni, as well as with the current participants in the National Program "Governing skills". The analysis will help further develop the BSoP's training programs and improve the way the School works with the alumni community.

The project is implemented by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza", with the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and will continue for 21 months.

 

Annually the Council of Europe supports the programs of 19 schools, members of the association of the schools of political studies. For this project the Council of Europe co-finances part of the national program “Governing Skills” of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”. A program, in which every year 40 representatives of all parliamentary political parties from both Bulgarian and European parliaments and civil society leaders take part. Every autumn, the Council of Europe hosts the World Forum for Democracy in Strasburg, and finances the participation of the graduates from the 19 schools within the network who meet in order to exchange experience and ideas.