Publications

The Eastern Enlargement of the EU

The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union is an extraordinary European achievement. It becomes possible, due to a series of compromises among the Member States, based on their national interests. Taken in their entirety, although important on their own right, they give shape to an inconsistent enlargement policy.

Rethinking the European Union?

Papers from the IVth scientific conference of the Dept. of European Studies at Sofia University, 2017. [...]

Perspectives for Adoption of the Euro in the Western Balkans

Authors: Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Simeonov, Anna Pecheva, Lilian Nikiforova, Slaveya Bizheva   [...]

Nature and History of Monetary Unions

Author: Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Simeonov           [...]

60 Years Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaties of Rome

The Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute organized a round table on 10 March 2017, [...]

News

Book Presentation: Economic and Monetary Unions: Theory and Practice

On 12 December 2018 at 16:00 at EU House, Sofia, 124 "Rakovski" Str., the book "Economic and Monetary Unions: Theory and Practice" by Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Simeonov will be presented. Assoc. Prof. Simeonov is the Head of the Dept. of European Studies and member of our Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence team. The book examines the theoretical and practical aspects of Economic and Monetary Unions with a focus on the European EMU, and also contains up-to-date information about Bulgaria.

It is too early to assess the Brexit deal

Associate Professor Kaloyan Simeonov comments Brexit, budget implementation of the new Italian Government as well as the path of Bulgaria towards ERM II and the Euro. See more here.

Sixth International Conference “EU post 2020 – New Europe in a New World”

The European Studies Department “Jean Monnet” Center of Excellence with the support of “Erasmus plus” program and “Hanns Seidel” Foundation organise the  Sixth International Conference “EU post 2020 – New Europe in a New World” dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the European Studies Department. It will take place on 30-31 May 2019 in Sofia. More information can be accessed here (in English)

The European Union needs our support, when in a difficulty!

The depth of the problem with the current state of the European integration, which also gives rise to the cacophony in the political circles in Bulgaria as a result of the European Parliament decision to initiate a procedure against the policies of the V. Orban government in Hungary, continues to nurture the media interest on the issue. In its Friday edition on 28 September 2018, "Capital" daily published an interview with Prof Georgi Dimitrov on the topic. The original text of the interview can only be accessed here (in Bulgarian).

Could the patriots not be idiots?

A commentary by Prof. Georgi Dimitrov on the agressive "Orbanism" of the Bulgarian government has been published in the online media Offnews. See more here - in Bulgarian:

Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva successfully defended her dissertation for the academic degree “Doctor of Science”

On 16 July 2018 Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva successfully defended her dissertation for the academic degree "Doctor of Science" in the professional sphere 3.3 Political Science (European Studies - Enlargement Policy of the European Union). The topic of her Doctor of Science dissertation is "Dynamics of the national interests as a condition for realization of the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union". [...]

Interview with Prof. Ingrid Shikova for Europost: Migration is a test for EU unity

If Member States, due to differences in interests and public attitudes, fail to achieve an effective common response in the areas of freedom of movement, migration, and asylum provision, we cannot expect a stronger and more stable EU. And this plays right into the hands of populists, says Ingrid Shikova, professor in EU policies, in an interview for Europost. The interview is available here:  [...]

EU Enlargement and Perspectives for the Western Balkans

Prof. Ingrid Shikova was a guest lecturer at two conferences, dedicated to the EU enlargement and the perspectives for the Western Balkans, in the University of Niš and the University of Novi Sad. Her lectures were focused on the results of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 with regard to the Western Balkans. [...]

Recent analyses

The Importance of Being Earnest

“The Money Game (in the EUbudget for the period 2021-27)”

For a Change in the Status Quo, but Without Affecting the French Jewel – CAP

The Underwater Rocks on the Way to the Digital Single Market are not Bulgarian. But They Exist Nonetheless.

From Western towards European Balkans

Archive

Better Late than Never!

Bulgaria as a mediator between Russia and the EU: wanting is one thing, being capable of doing is another

Can the small steps become the "Balkan miracle"?

Crucial Months for the Future of the European Single Market

Do We Need a Social Dimension of Europe?

Don’t Tell Me Where the Priorities of the European Union Are, Show Me the Financial Framework

European Elections 2019: the Procedures are Now Clear, May the Political Debate Begin

GYMNICH - What is That?

How irresistable can an offer be?

How not to look like those we oppose – EP Resolution on countering propaganda (of Russia)

Let’s Talk About the Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Participate now! It matters…

Protecting Whistleblowers in The European Union – a First Step on a Long and Uncertain Road

Punishment or praise for whistleblowers – the European citizens can decide

Referenda in the EU – who is afraid of the direct democracy thermometer?

Spray against refugees (and what Europe do we aim for?)

The “Orban” formula

The Brexit Drama – End of First Act

The Eastern Enlargement and the European Perspective for the Western Balkans - Is It Not Time for the Copenhagen Criteria To Be Updated?

The Elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – three key battles for the future of the EU

The Grand Coalition in the European Parliament and the future of the European political consensus

The Kosovo Condition under the Condition of the “Objective Circumstances”

The Rotating Presidency – Ambitions and Realities

The Rotating Presidency Urgently Needs an Internal Political Consensus

The Sixth Scenario and the Eurozone

The Western Balkans Have the Right to Participate in the Debate on the Future of the European Union

The Western Balkans, The Bulgarian Presidency…and Christmas Miracles

The White Paper on the Future of Europe – All and Nothing

Things Do Not Always Happen by the Book

Thou Who Do Not Resist Evil, Thou Foster it

Turkey’s Accession to the EU and the Emperor’s New Clothes

United in Sanctions?

We Are Dancing “RACHENITSA” under the Benevolent External Monitoring

What’s New in the Debate on the Future of the Economic and Monetary Union?

Zbyshko and the Teutonic Peacock Feathers – about the Risk of Polish Challenges to Germany