Publications

Conference proceedings with the reports of the Fifth International Conference of the European Studies Department, “United We Stand Strong”

The Conference proceedings “United We Stand Strong” presents the reports of the Fifth International Conference of the European Studies Department, which took place in Sofia on 31st May – 1st June 2018, organized within the framework of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, with the support of Erasmus+ Programme. [...]

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           [...]

News

Prof. Ingrid Shikova took part in the conference “The Importance of the Romanian rotational presidency of the Council of the EU for Serbia and the Western Balkans”

Prof. Ingrid Shikova took part in the conference "The Importance of the Romanian rotational presidency of the Council of the EU for Serbia and the Western Balkans", organised by the Centre for Foreign Policy and Hanns Seidel Stiftung in Belgrade. She presented the results of the Bulgarian Presidency and discussed the perspectives for Serbia's EU integration process in the panel "Serbia and the Western Balkans - the perspective of the presidencies of the neighboring countries Bulgaria and Croatia". [...]

Why can’t Brussels improve Bulgaria’s judicial system?

The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism designed to improve the judiciary has failed to generate meaningful reform in Romania and Bulgaria, Professor Georgi Dimitrov, member of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Sofia University, says in an opinion piece for the latest issue of Kapital Quarterly, the English-language edition of Capital newspaper - See more here.  This is an abridged and simplified version of Prof. Dimitrov's analysis whose original version is available here.

Simulation game with the students from “Vasil Levski” Class of the European Studies Dept.

A simulation game was organized on 18 December 2018 with the students from “Vasil Levski” Class of the European Studies Dept. of Sofia University as part of the project activities under the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2016-2019). The students took up the roles of heads of state and government and had to take difficult decisions on the Multi-annual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027. The discussions were heated, the arguments were well-selected and convincing. [...]

Public Discussion “The accession of Bulgaria to the EU in the memories of participants – secrets and surprises”

A Public Discussion “The accession of Bulgaria to the EU in the memories of participants – secrets and surprises” took place on 17 December 2018 in Conference hall 1, Rectorate, Sofia University. The discussion was organized in the context of the preparation and publication of the unique digital archive with memories of the participants in the process of preparation and accession of Bulgaria to the European Union. [...]

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:

Recent analyses

BREXIT The Shakespearean Way

“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.

DID THE COOPERATION AND VERIFICATION MECHANISM AFFECT BULGARIA-ROMANIA?

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

From Western towards European Balkans

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 Importance of Being Earnest

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 Transformative Power of the Irish Border

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?

Will “The Republic on the Move” Turn into „Europe on the Move”?

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