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, [...]


Shaping Our Common Future

Prof. Ingrid Shikova delivered a lecture on the topic “Multi-annual Financial Framework” of the European Union post-2020 – It Is Different This Time Around”, during the Bulgarian-Macedonian youth seminar “Shaping Our Common Future” in Berovo, Republic of Macedonia. [...]

Single European Market

Prof. Ingrid Shikova, Project Manager of our Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence was a moderator of the first session “Single European Market” of the European Parliament of Enterprises. The event was organized by Eurochambers and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Among the participants were entrepreneurs, ministers, and diplomats of the EU Member States. [...]

Fifth International Conference United We Stand Strong

The Fifth International Conference United We Stand Strong, organized by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, European Studies Department, “Jean Monnet” Center of Excellence with the support of “Erasmus Plus” Program of the European Union and “Hanns Seidel” Foundation took place in Sofia, EU House, on 31 May – 1 June 2018. [...]

“wE the youth” Student Conference

A Student conference of the Dept. of European Studies, Jean Monnet Centre with the support of Erasmus+ and Hanns Seidel Stiftung took place on 22 May 2018 (Tuesday) in the Rectorate of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. This year’s topic of the conference was “wE the yoUth”. The focus of the event was entirely on young people and their contribution to the development of the policies of the European Union. More information about the event can be found here:

Student Simulation game on next MFF

A simulation game of the students of the Class of William Shakespeare of the Dept. of European Studies took place on 8 May 2018 in the framework of the Jean Monnet CoE. The topic of the game is the negotiations of the next MFF. The students did not achieve consensus on the funding of the CAP and Cohesion Policy, but agreed to double the funding of the Erasmus Plus Programme. The simulation game took place at the National Assembly. [...]

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