Publications

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

Media coverage

 

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: