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The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and the French Embassy in Bulgaria organize a round table "How private and public actors can work together for innovation and economic growth to fight against climate change?" The event will be held on 12.11.2015 at 18:30 at the Institut français de Bulgarie, 3, Slaveykov square, Sofia.

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The Training of trainers for experts of the Ukrainian School of Political Studies is a joint initiative of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” and the Ukrainian School, and is implemented with the support of the Association of Schools of Political Studies under the auspices of the Council of Europe. It took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1 to 7 December 2014 and 6 alumni of the Ukrainian School of Political Studies took part in it. The training method used was intensive adults training.

The goals of the project are to disseminate 13-year practice of the Bulgarian School in the area of trainings of political and civic leaders and to methodologically support the Ukrainian School of Political Studies.

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The Summer Academy for Strengthening Democracy in the Euro-Med Region is an initiative of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and is organized in cooperation with the Tunisian School of Politics and the Citizenship School of Political Studies in Morocco. The central theme of this year's Summer Academy is "Democracy and education".
The main goal of the Summer Academy is to reinforce the democratic reforms and the establishment of democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean through experience sharing and cooperation among active participants in the political life of the countries in the region and the EU. The Summer Academy brings around the same table prominent young leaders, aged 25-40 from Morocco, Tunisia and Bulgaria and aims to promote cross-border constructive dialogue and establish transnational networks among democracy practitioners, activists, thinkers, political parties and civil society from North Africa and Europe. All participants are alumni of the National Programmes of one of the three schools and are members of the global alumni network of the schools of political studies under the auspices of the Council of Europe.

The Academy is supported by the South Programme II "Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean" (2015-2017), funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. This year's Summer Academy follows the successful inaugural events that took place in the summer of 2014 and 2015.

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Within the project, an interactive web tool "CivilRightsWatch", featuring the fundamental civil and political rights guaranteed by the Bulgarian legislation, will be developed. A series of tests will allow citizens to check if they know how institutions operate, the responsibilities of the President, the Prime-minister and Members of Parliament, as well as their understanding of the mechanisms of the judiciary, the forms of civic participation in the development of public policies and their rights and obligations as voters. In addition to their results, citizens who take the tests will also be provided with the correct answers to wrongly answered questions.

The aim of the project is to measure the level of citizens' understanding of their own civil rights and to strengthen their willingness to actively participate in the decision-making process. The data obtained on the understanding of government body functions and opportunities for citizens to influence national and local policies will be used for developing future projects for raising awareness on the topic and civic education.

The project is aimed at socially engaged citizens who use the Internet as a primary channel for obtaining information and knowledge. The project is implemented with the financial support of the Council of Europe.

 

The Summer Academy for Building Democracy through Cultural Diplomacy Academy is supported by the Programme “Strengthening the Democratic Reforms in the South Neighborhood”, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The goal of this project is to bring together National programs`  alumni of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”, the Tunisian School of Politics, the Citizens’ school for Political Studies in Morocco to encourage the multicultural dialogue, to promote an active debate between them on the values of democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and to provide space for brainstorming and discussing ways of facing together our common challenges. 18 young leaders from these three countries took part in the Academy– both from the political parties and the civic sector. The training took place in Bulgaria, from 4th  to 8th  June 2014.

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The project aims to increase the awareness and improve the capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change through: analysis of local conditions and causes of emergencies in the settlements; study and analysis of the working mechanisms to inform and educate people; activities to increase the role of the media.

Through recommendations based on the analyzes we will help local authorities to take action to improve management practices by ensuring the participation of citizens in the implementation of policies for balanced development and sustainable use of natural resources. Beneficiaries of the project are local communities, young people and decision makers, the media as a key factor for public awareness and response.

The project is implemented by EcoObshtnost Foundation and the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and is financed by the NGO Programme under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.

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The goal of the project is to improve the knowledge and skills of local leaders for developing public policies at local level, to help them create a mechanism for solving local problems and through this, to increase civic participation in decision making processes.

The project is focused on local communities, which will identify the most pressing problems and will select local leaders, who will be trained and propose solutions for these problems. The solutions will be discussed back with local communities. The aims of these discussions are first – the trained leaders to transfer their knowledge and skills to the other members of the community, and second – to involve the community in practical resolve of the problems using the mechanisms of active citizenship.

Within the project, 12 communities and non-formal civic groups at local level, including young people and representatives of ethnic groups, will be activated. Each community will select two local leaders, who will attend a three-module training programme. Twenty-four community discussions will be organised and all local stakeholders will be invited and actively involved in the discussions. The project will create conditions local stakeholders to participate in resolving local problems and will stimulate active citizenship.

The project is implemented by Platform AGORA – Active Communities for Development Alternatives and Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and is financed by the NGO Programme under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.

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Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" works on a project “New Member States: Climate Protection and Economic Growth” in partnership with the Global Climate Forum. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security. Due to the project’s importance for the Bulgarian economy and environment in it actively involved  are the administration of the President of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Worksand the  National Statistical Institute.

 

The project aims to support more active involvement of the Roma community in the public policies development and decision-making processes by creating conditions for young Roma to publicly discuss their problems and seek solutions for them.

During the project the reasons for low level of civil participation of Roma minority will be identified, necessary knowledge and skills for increasing civic participation will be defined, and training of young Roma, who are public opinion leaders, will be implemented. The main goal is to encourage the young people to transfer the acquired knowledge and skills to other members of their communities and to contribute to positive change.  Within the project, the Roma trainees should develop and publicly present nonfinancial projects related to important issues for their community. They will be supported by mentors - Bulgarians or Roma, who are recognised political and civic leaders. The Program participants, who will be from different regions of the country, will create a network for experience exchange in solving Roma problems and promoting civic participation. The project is implemented by the Association "New Road - Hairedin" and the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and is financed by the NGO Programme under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.

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Philanthropy is in the heart of the activities of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” and in our aspirations for changing the society for better.  The project  “Inspiring Others, Generating Change and Transforming Society – Philanthropy as a Core Value of the Leaders”  is financed by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the USA. The main goal of the project is to further support the community of young philanthropic leaders, who see individual acts of giving and volunteering as irreversible steps towards considerable social change. We want to encourage political and civic leaders to strengthen and expand their experience in the field of philanthropy, to inspire and involve others and with their deeds to provoke changes in their communities and the society in general. We want to push the dialogue between generations by enriching philanthropic community and establishing philanthropy as a basic virtue of the contemporary leader and as an integral part of leadership. 

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The project "Supporting the Creation of a Multiparty Dialogue in Times of Transition: Experience Sharing between Bulgaria and Morocco" is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung. Its purpose is to support the establishment of an active dialogue between the political parties and the civil society in Morocco, the implementation period being 2014-2015. The Citizen School of Political Studies in Morocco is a partnering organisation in realising this project.

The project will identify the specific training needs of young and active leaders from the entire political spectrum and the main actors of civil society, who have an influence on the formation of public opinion. The BSoP will support the Moroccan school in the communication with the political parties in the country for their inclusion in the training programs of the school. A special handbook will be elaborated, who will contain knowledge and expertise related to the role of political parties – good practices of financing, participation in the electoral process, building a stable multi-party democracy. Moroccan experts will visit Bulgaria for an additional training related to the tools for creating a suitable environment for multiparty dialogue between all stakeholders.

 

Although legislation in Morocco has introduced quotas for women's participation in the organs of legislative and executive powers, many challenges remain to their active participation in public and political life. The goal of the project "Empowered women – active participants in politics and in decision-making process in Morocco" is to support women who have already taken this path and to reassure them about the importance of their participation. The project is funded by the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

A documentary research on the participation of women in public and political life will be conducted as part of this project, its purpose being to analyse Moroccan and international studies made to that point. The organisations working in the sphere of women's participation – non-governmental associations, women's wings of political parties - will be identified and their representatives will participate in a focus group discussion about the challenges to the inclusion of women in politics and in the civil society sector. The purpose of the focus group is to verify and complement the findings of the documentary study. The final document will serve as the basis for the analysis of the training needs of women – active participants in the process of decision-making, in determining the knowledge and skills they would need, as in the planning of trainings meeting their necessities.

 

The project is financed by the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Its aim is to train a group of 24 young Tunisians, actively engaged in the political and civil life of their country during its transition period towards democratization. The project involves needs assessment, participants and lecturers’ selection, program development, training implementation and feedback evaluation. The training is planned to take place before the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Tunis, which will be held at the end of October 2014. Partner in this project implementation is the Tunisian School of Politics.

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The project “More citizen participation and more reason in elections: online tools and public debates for engaging citizens with National and European elections in Bulgaria” is financed by the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe and implemented in partnership with the Centre for Liberal Strategies. Its aim is to involve citizens in the political process, to raise their interest in elections and informed decision making, and to broaden their knowledge about political parties and their strategic documents. The project seeks a change in attitudes among Bulgarian citizens towards policy, elections and political parties.

 

The project “ Linking Expertise of Civil Society, Businesses, Academia and Young Political Leaders”, financed by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, supports the National Program of the School, in which young political and civic leaders train their leadership skills. Its aim is within the Program to build a new type of communication between the political parties, business and civil society structures; communication leading to practical solutions and stimulating democratic development of Bulgaria and its economy.

 

The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and the German Embassy to Bulgaria organized a conference "Energy Efficiency Investment Mechanisms". It defined the optimal policy mechanisms that could bring sufficient investments flow into energy efficiency projects in the building sector and the industry in Bulgaria.

The conference was held on 14.11.2012 at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bulgaria (St. Fr. Joliot Curie 25, Sofia) and started at 9:00.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delian Dobrev. Among the participants were Miriam Ott- German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety,  Diana Mangalagiu - University of Oxford, Krasimir Naidenov -  Director of the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development.
The forum discussed opportunities for investments in energy efficiency technologies and the necessary national, European and global sources for them. The participants deliberated the potential role of Bulgaria as a regional EU center of energy efficiency and how the EU targets to increase energy efficiency affected national economies. Moreover German, English and Bulgarian politicians, economic analysts and business leaders exchanged knowledge and ideas between them.

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