The team that participates in the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the Department of European Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” presented the results of the first of its kind expert assessment of the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, carried out by Bulgaria in the first half of 2018.  [...]

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?

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.

European Perspective for the Western Balkans

Prof. Ingrid Shikova delivered a lecture on topical issues of the European Union to the Regional Academy “European Perspective for the Western Balkans”, organized by the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitar Panitza”, involving 28 young leaders from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, including journalists, experts, civil servants, representatives of NGOs. The participants were able to participate in a European council decision-making simulation game to open negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania and to speed up the process of accession of the countries of the Western Balkans to the European Union.The compromise they reached was negotiations with Northern Macedonia to begin in October 2019 and with Albania in January 2020. Prof. Shikova shared lessons from Bulgaria’s experience on the way to membership. The discussions were very lively and fruitful.