Publication, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Department of European Studies

The publication, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Department of European Studies at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski " and edited by prof. Nelly Ognianova, contains articles by professors at the department.

Democratization through Integration?

The accession to the EU is an indisputable sign of establishing democratic governance, but the problem is that some of the Central and Eastern European countries that are already considered consolidated are showing signs of retreat. [...]

How and Why Did the Laggards Turn Out to Be the Forerunners of a Major Transformation in the EU’s Integration Strategy?

How and Why?

The multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 – the political message for the future of the European Union

              An article in the latest issue of Diplomacy Magazine by Prof. Ingrid Shikova, MFF 2021-2027 - The Political Message for the Future of the European Union. Proceed to the magazine here:

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 four sections in the conference proceedings correspond to the four round tables within which the lecturers and researchers presented their reports: “The Future of the European Union and the Young People – Economic Growth and Social Cohesion?”, “European Perspective for the Western Balkans”, “Security and Stability in a United Europe”, and last but not least, “The Lessons Learnt: Enlargement, Communication, Rotating Presidency”. What future should we choose for Europe, how should we continue together, what decisions should we take, what concrete steps should we make in order to be united and strong? These were only some of the questions to which university lecturers, experts and students were searching for an answer in the discussions. In the fifth edition of the conference the presentations were organised as round tables, which gave the opportunity for a livelier debate and exchange of ideas between the panelists and the rest of the participants. The Conference Proceedings presents the reports of the lecturers from leading universities in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The publication is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and was accomplished thanks to the support of “Hanns Seidel” Foundation and the kind hosting of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria for holding the conference. United We Stand Strong

History of EU Eastern Enlargement

Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva

The main aim of the History of EU Eastern Enlargement course is to enhance student understanding of the current nature and operation of EU, to increase the chances of the students to pursue careers in areas related to EU administration policy making and politics at national or EU level by providing them with professional transferable skills and in more abstract terms to stimulate their European identity by including Eastern Europe and particularly Bulgaria in European integration historical narratives. The course is targeting advanced students, who would like to go deeper into the exploration of the nature and character of the EU, as well as the prospects for its future development. The students may be already acquainted with elements of EU studies from the point of view of history of European integration and current history of Europe. The core objectives of the course are twofold. The first it is designed to acquaint the students with the evolution and unfolding of eastern enlargement process and the factors that drove this process forward with special accent on the norms which are decisive in shaping the eastern enlargement and the main instruments of EU to “europeanize” Central and Eastern Europe.  Secondly, regarding the need of annual actualisation of the teaching content – the students will be provided with an opportunity to explore the issue of the chronological and institutional framework of eastern enlargement by the case of Bulgarian participation in it – the normalisation of the relationship with the EU, their institutionalisation, the official application for accession, and the process of negotiations – the main political factors in the domestic decision making process on EU issues, the impact of “Europe’ on domestic institution, the Bulgarian progress to membership according European institutions  – Council, Commission, Parliament.

In the framework of the Centre of Excellence project, an actualization of the teaching content is foreseen, which will enhance student understanding of the nature and operation of the EU by institutionalization of the using of Electronic archive of the EU accession. Also, the new teaching content will enhance the European identity and the sense of European citizenship by developing a common historical narrative to Eastern and Western Europe and therefore stimulate the citizen activity at European level.