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Wednesday, 19 May 2021 18:06 Велизар Георгиев

panel_vodi_2021The second course of the National Program 2020-2021 ended with the current topic of water management. Maria Angelova - Head of the “River Basin Management” Department at the Ministry of Environment and Water, Ivan Ivanov - Chairman of the Management Board of Bulgarian Water and Sewerage Holding and Stanislav Vladimirov - Mayor of Pernik were lecturers on the topic. The trainees were acquainted with the ways in which water management is carried out at national and basin level, with the state policy in the management of water systems and facilities. Ivan Ivanov spoke about the challenges facing the water supply and sewerage industry, drawing attention to a new challenge - water shortages. In 2020, an entire regional town - Pernik, switched to water regime due to the emptying of a dam. Other settlements experience chronic water shortages at certain times of the year. The mayor of Pernik, Stanislav Vladimirov, also spoke about tackling this challenge. After the panel, the trainees had the task to make an analysis based on the technique "Tree of the problem" through which to analyze the problem of lack of drinking water in settlements. They received feedback on their work from the lecturers on the topic.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 22:03 Велизар Георгиев

hristova_i_mavrovThe third training day for the participants of the current class of the National Program of BSoP started with the topic “Political debates - argumentation, policies and policy debate”. Associate Professor Dr. Evelina Hristova from the Department of Media and Communication at NBU spoke to the trainees about the goals and objectives of a debate, the important factors for success in it. Dr. Hristova also paid attention to the specifics of a debate in the online environment. Miroslav Mavrov - Deputy Chairman of the Debates Association in the period 2011-2017, introduced the participants to the structure of the argument, its validity and force and how it can be refuted. Later, Mavrov showed the structure of the political debate and its various formats. Based on the lecture and the discussion after it, and on the pre-prepared learning task, the participants made a simulation of a Bulgarian parliamentary debate on "For and against majority elections for MPs."

After the emotional simulation of a debate, it was time for political negotiations. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Georgiev - Member of the Board of Trustees of NBU and Ivan Velkov - Deputy Chairman of the Sofia Municipal Council in the period 2015 - 2019 and a graduate of BSoP from Class 2014 spoke about the negotiation process and reaching coalition agreements. After this panel, the trainees again worked in small groups on a negotiation task aimed at forming a pre-election coalition.

The day ended with a meeting of the participants with Petar Sharkov - Executive Director of "Telerik School Academy". The special guest talked about the professions of the future and how we can prepare young people for them.

Monday, 17 May 2021 21:59 Велизар Георгиев

van baylenThe Dutchman Jakob van Beylen, who is a municipal councilor in Veliko Tarnovo and a passionate collector of Bulgarian carpets, was a guest of the current cohort of the National Program of BSoP. He spoke to the participants about the voting rules in the parliament and municipal councils and made a comparison between Bulgaria and the Netherlands. In his homeland, the option of "abstaining" in decision-making does not exist. Jakob van Bailen also touched on the issue of criticism of his own party. At the end of his participation, he showed the participants specially brought by him Chiprovtsi carpets, which are part of his collection of nearly 590 ancient Bulgarian carpets.

The second day of the second course began with a panel on the municipal budget. Zdravko Sechkov, Executive Director of the Foundation for Local Government Reform, acquainted the trainees with the legal basis for its compilation, as well as with its structure. Donka Mihailova - Mayor of Troyan, Elena Baltadzhieva - Mayor of Kavarna and Lilia Donkova - Mayor of the Kremikovtzi district of Sofia shared their practical experience in compiling the municipal budget and the opportunities to implement policies through it.

Refugee inclusion policies at the local level were also a topic discussed during the day. Lecturers included Narasimha Rao, a representative of the UNHCR to Bulgaria, Bonka Vasileva, a member of the 45th National Assembly, and Dr. Sagar Al-Anezi, a member of the Refugee Advisory Council. Philanthropy was the last topic of this training day. Iliana Nikolova, Executive Director of the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation, spoke about donations as an opportunity for local development. Lidia Chorbanova, Ivan Velkov and Kalina Georgieva, graduates of BSoP in different years, shared with the participants the realized donation causes of their cohorts.



Sunday, 16 May 2021 21:57 Велизар Георгиев

silviq_georgieva_05_2021May 16 was the first day of the second course for Class 2021 of the National Program "Governing Skills". After a long break between the courses, which was necessary due to the pandemic situation, hotel "Riu" -Pravets again gathered the forty trainees of the current cohort. Among them are a member of the European Parliament, members of the 44th National Assembly, a mayor, municipal councilors, representatives of NGOs, professional organizations and businesses.

The start of the training was given by Silvia Georgieva, Executive Director of the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB). "Challenges and risks for local authorities in Bulgaria. The process of decentralization”. This was the topic of her lecture, through which she introduced the participants to the responsibilities of local government, the process of decentralization, regionalization and the nature of the Regional Development Councils. Silvia Georgieva also gave examples of successful mayors who changed settlements and the world with their decisions. The first day of the course ended with a conversation about philanthropy and Dimi Panitza - founder and patron of the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP). Memories from the meetings and joint work with him were shared by the lawyer Andrey Delchev, who is Chairman of the Board of BSoP. The trainees were officially introduced to the new Executive Director of BSoP – the political scientist Dr. Ivan Nachev.



Friday, 15 January 2021 13:33 Велизар Георгиев

european_union_logoThe beginning of 2021 was also the beginning of the new project of the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP). We called it "EU COOLture" and it is for young people in Bulgaria. The project will empathize them with European Union policies, will give them information on their role in their future educational and professional development.

Online ateliers, workshops, production of thematic products, recording of several podcasts are just some of the innovative activities through which the participating in "EU COOLture" young people will learn more about resource efficiency and circular economy, education through free movement and exchange in the era of “Covid-19 ”, resources in support of cultural diversity.

The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" will implement the project in the next ten months, thanks to the support of the European Union. Its activities will be available through online broadcasts, videos, publications and photos and on the special page of "EU COOLture" on "Facebook".

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:22 Велизар Георгиев

diana kovacheva_28.10.2020Complaints to the Bulgarian ombudsman increased by 30% in just two months. The increase is after the introduction of the state of emergency in Bulgaria in March due to Covid-19. Citizens most often complained about violated social and labor rights, violated right to health care and education, actions of fast loan companies, collection companies and private enforcement agents. This was shared with the freshmen from the National Program "Governing Skills" by the Ombudsman Diana Kovacheva. Kovacheva, who graduated from the BSoP in 2006, was a lecturer in the last fourth day of the first course of the National Program 2020-2021. In her lecture the National Ombudsman also spoke about the main powers of the institution, the actions and their results in last year and this year. She also paid special attention to the functions of the ombudsman for the protection of children's rights. Diana Kovacheva noted that the registered complaints and signals regarding the rights of children last year were 492 and were more than in 2017 and 2018. By type of violation last year the most (222) were complaints about violated rights and freedoms of children. The quality and access to distance education, the risk of domestic violence, bullying and neglect are among the problems of children in the coronavirus situation, Kovacheva noted and explained the specific work of the ombudsman to reduce and solve these problems.

The consultant on etiquette and protocol Maria Kasimova-Moase paid attention to the problems of ignorance and non-observance of basic rules in non-verbal communication. With many visual examples she explained good and bad messages that we send with behavior, gestures, clothing.

These two lectures were the last for the first course of Class 2021. The trainees parted with the hope that soon they will again have the opportunity to be together in the second course of the National Program "Governing Skills".

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:20 Велизар Георгиев

vrabevski_26.10.2020"Life is not a competition, but a degree of usefulness. My involvement aims to set an example that is contagious and I see that this works". With these words, Dr. Milen Vrabevski began his meeting with Class 2021. The philanthropist was a special guest at the end of the penultimate day of the first course of the National Program "Governing Skills". Dr. Vrabevski is the owner and director of the largest research organization in Southeast Europe, awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science with the Pythagorean Prize for the largest investment in research. He is also the founder of the Bulgarian Memory Foundation, which goal is to preserve the Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. For years, with personal funds, the doctor has funded programs for innovative education, career development of young people, the reintegration of the Bulgarian historical diaspora, develops various initiatives to combat the demographic crisis in our country. With these activities he ranks among the great donors of Bulgaria, among whom is Dimi Panitza - founder of the Bulgarian School of Politics. Passion at work, lack of fear, liberated consciousness, development of abilities, spiritual satisfaction, feeling of gratitude, empathy. These are the steps to success according to Dr. Vrabevski, which he shared with the new class of trainees of BSoP.

Earlier during the day, the participants worked on conflict management options. The lecturer on the topic was the professor of conflict management and editor-in-chief of the Duma newspaper Ivelin Nikolov. He gave the audience a definition of conflict, defined basic skills for its management, pointed out the styles of behavior in conflict and ways to resolve it. Divided into groups, the trainees did exercises, after which they had to answer the questions: in what kind of conflict have I participated?; what is the result?; what are the best ways to resolve these conflicts? Feedback from the work in groups Class 2021 received from Ivelin Nikolov.

Monday, 26 October 2020 21:19 Велизар Георгиев

ivan ivanov_26.10.2020Is the leader born or created, what is the profile of the leaders, their main features and personal characteristics? These were just some of the questions to which possible answers were given by the psychologist and Deputy Speaker of the 43rd National Assembly Dr. Ivan Ivanov. The current university lecturer was the first guest on the second day of the first course of the National Program “Governing Skills”. The trainees from Class 2021 of BSoP listened with interest to his presentation, full of examples, with interest filled in a self-assessment test for leadership orientation and enthusiastically worked in groups on their first learning task.

The working day continued with a panel for public speech and effective models of public speaking. Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva, a lecturer in rhetoric, academic writing and business communication at Sofia University, introduced the politicians and civic leaders present to basic rhetorical terms, the structure of political speech and pre-election political speech. What they learned from the lecture, the trainees practiced in group work, where each of them and the group prepared a speech on a predetermined case and from a predetermined position. They received feedback and recommendations personally from Prof. Mavrodieva. The development of the communication skills of the trainees continued in the following hours with new knowledge and exercise for formulating messages. The communication expert Mihail Stefanov gave a definition and examples of influential messages, showed what a message must contain to be successful.

The communication between the members of the new class continued outside the work environment. In an informal setting, they got to know each other and discussed the start of their common adventure, called the National Program "Governing Skills" 2020-2021.


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