Publications

“The Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union – from Empirical Facts towards Expert Evaluation”

There is no such thing as unsuccessful rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union – this rather humorous maxim, which is widely popular among academic and political experts on European affairs, has the potential to discourage any attempt at evaluating the Presidency. [...]

“The Call for More Europe – Ambitions and Realities”

On October 14-15, 2021, the Department of European Studies held its Eighth International Scientific Conference, named "The Call for More Europe - Ambitions and Realities". [...]

“Europe – Green, Digital, Global”

  The annual student scientific conference "Europe - Green, Digital, Global" of the Leonardo da Vinci promotion  in European Studies, was held on June 1, 2021 in Aula Magna of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". [...]

“Strategic Autonomy – the New Project of the European Union”

The paper "Strategic Autonomy - the New Project of the European Union" by prof. Ingrid Shikova was published in "Diplomacy Journal”- 25/2021. The article focuses on the concept of strategic economic autonomy, which is becoming an increasing need for the EU as a result of the lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis. [...]

“The European Union and the new normal – from social isolation to civic awareness”

The collection of papers from the fifth joint doctoral conference of Department of European Studies, Department of Political Science and Department of Public Administration on the topic "The European Union and the new normal - from social isolation to civic awareness" has been published. It took place on 21st November 2020. [...]

News

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:

Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva successfully defended her dissertation for the academic degree “Doctor of Science”

On 16 July 2018 Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva successfully defended her dissertation for the academic degree "Doctor of Science" in the professional sphere 3.3 Political Science (European Studies - Enlargement Policy of the European Union). The topic of her Doctor of Science dissertation is "Dynamics of the national interests as a condition for realization of the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union". [...]

Recent analyses

A TIME TO REFLECT AND A TIME TO ACT

WHEN TALKING ABOUT MACEDONIA, WE MUST FOCUSE ON THE FUTURE, NOT ON THE PAST. IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL

Differentiated Integration Management Through "SMART" Approach

RESULTS FROM THE EXPERT ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COUNCIL’S ROTATITING PRESIDENCY, CARRIED OUT BY BULGARIA IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 2018

Archive

“The Money Game (in the EUbudget for the period 2021-27)”

Better Late than Never!

BREXIT The Shakespearean Way

Bulgaria as a mediator between Russia and the EU: wanting is one thing, being capable of doing is another

Can the small steps become the "Balkan miracle"?

Crucial Months for the Future of the European Single Market

DID THE COOPERATION AND VERIFICATION MECHANISM AFFECT BULGARIA-ROMANIA?

Do We Need a Social Dimension of Europe?

Don’t Tell Me Where the Priorities of the European Union Are, Show Me the Financial Framework

European Elections 2019: the Procedures are Now Clear, May the Political Debate Begin

For a Change in the Status Quo, but Without Affecting the French Jewel – CAP

From Western towards European Balkans

GYMNICH - What is That?

How irresistable can an offer be?

How not to look like those we oppose – EP Resolution on countering propaganda (of Russia)

Let’s Talk About the Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Participate now! It matters…

Protecting Whistleblowers in The European Union – a First Step on a Long and Uncertain Road

Punishment or praise for whistleblowers – the European citizens can decide

Referenda in the EU – who is afraid of the direct democracy thermometer?

Spray against refugees (and what Europe do we aim for?)

The “Orban” formula

The Brexit Drama – End of First Act

The Eastern Enlargement and the European Perspective for the Western Balkans - Is It Not Time for the Copenhagen Criteria To Be Updated?

The Elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – three key battles for the future of the EU

The Grand Coalition in the European Parliament and the future of the European political consensus

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Kosovo Condition under the Condition of the “Objective Circumstances”

The Rotating Presidency – Ambitions and Realities

The Rotating Presidency Urgently Needs an Internal Political Consensus

The Sixth Scenario and the Eurozone

The Transformative Power of the Irish Border

The Underwater Rocks on the Way to the Digital Single Market are not Bulgarian. But They Exist Nonetheless.

The Western Balkans Have the Right to Participate in the Debate on the Future of the European Union

The Western Balkans, The Bulgarian Presidency…and Christmas Miracles

The White Paper on the Future of Europe – All and Nothing

Things Do Not Always Happen by the Book

Thou Who Do Not Resist Evil, Thou Foster it

Turkey’s Accession to the EU and the Emperor’s New Clothes

United in Sanctions?

We Are Dancing “RACHENITSA” under the Benevolent External Monitoring

What’s New in the Debate on the Future of the Economic and Monetary Union?

Will “The Republic on the Move” Turn into „Europe on the Move”?

Zbyshko and the Teutonic Peacock Feathers – about the Risk of Polish Challenges to Germany