Publications

RESULTS FROM THE EXPERT ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COUNCIL’S ROTATITING PRESIDENCY

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.

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RESULTS FROM THE EXPERT ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COUNCIL’S ROTATITING PRESIDENCY

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.  [...]

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. [...]

Do not kill the desire for European integration in North Macedonia!

If the European Union really wants to be a transformative power, it must decide to start negotiations with North Macedonia. This decision is important not only for the future of the country but also for the future of Europe. In order for Balkan countries to enjoy stability and development to continue democratic and economic reforms, the door to the European Union must be open rather than closed. When they enter the open door, it will depend on each country's readiness for reconciliation, on the implementation of the necessary reforms and its preparation to "bear" membership of the European Union. This means putting a "strict but fair" conditionality, as well as that all participants in this process should do their job. [...]

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. [...]