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Monday, 26 July 2021 21:02 Велизар Георгиев

budjet_2021The July heat did not reduce the desire to acquire knowledge and skills during the second day of the third course of the National Program for Class 2021. The day on July 26 started as usually at 9.00 with a training session on energy. Martin Vladimirov, Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy, briefed the trainees on possible scenarios for restoring and achieving Bulgaria's carbon neutrality by 2050. Immediately afterwards, Lachezar Bogdanov, chief economist at the Institute for Market Economics, spoke about the prospects for development of the Bulgarian economy. Immediately after the lecture, divided into groups of ten, the trainees had to deal with a training case. The aim was to analyze the medium and long-term effect on the Bulgarian economy of the measures taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each of the four groups finally presented two measures with alleged hidden effects from them and received feedback on their work from Lachezar Bogdanov.

In the afternoon, time was devoted to the national budget as a tool for prioritizing public policies. The lecturers in this session were Prof. Rumen Gechev - Member of Parliament from BSP and former Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Georgi Ganev - Member of Parliament from "Democratic Bulgaria" and university lecturer, Daniela Saveklieva - Member of Parliament from GERB in the 42nd, 43rd and 44th National Assembly. In the training task after the lecture, the trainees worked on the adoption of a state budget for a hypothetical year in the future.

Sunday, 25 July 2021 20:05 Велизар Георгиев

kacarov_25.07.2021"My presence here is one of the few pleasures I have had so far in my role as a minister." With these words Dr. Stoycho Katsarov began his lecture in front of Class 2021 of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza". The trainees entered their third study course on July 25, with the module dedicated to national priorities and national solutions.

Minister Katsarov outlined to the forty trainees, including MEPs, deputies in the 44th National Assembly, mayor, deputy mayor, municipal councilors, representatives of NGOs, professional organizations, etc., the challenges facing the healthcare system today.

He also shared the conclusions of the analysis of the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Bulgaria. According to the document, our country ranks third in the EU in terms of mortality from the virus. The reasons - poor health status of the population, poor condition of our health system, poor crisis management.

The trainees were also acquainted with the prepared National Plan for Control of Coronavirus during the next wave. The document defines different color zones depending on the 14-day morbidity per 100 thousand population, percentage of positive tests, occupied hospital beds and others. "The aim of the plan is to have predictability for both citizens and businesses," explained Minister Katsarov.

The trainees from Class 2021 also had the opportunity to talk to the Minister on topics that concern them. Various questions were asked about the probability and timing of a new wave of Covid-19, about the use of various drugs in the treatment of the virus, about the motives of the caretaker Minister of Health to take the post and others.

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".


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