“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. [...]


“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. [...]

Prof. Shikova comments on the accession to the Euro-area

The criteria are important, but trust is key: Prof. Shikova comments on the accession to the Euro-area for the online media, as well as on the European perspective for the Western Balkans and the forthcoming EU-Western Balkans Summit. The full interview is available here: in Bulgarian.

Forum “Future of Europe”, Sliven

Forum "Future of Europe", organised by Europe Direct and Municipality of Sliven took place in Sliven, Bulgaria this week. Prof. Shikova delivered a lecture on the European perspective of the Western Balkans and the EU budget post 2020 in the context of the first Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018. [...]

United We Stand Strong

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, European Studies Department, “Jean Monnet” Center of Excellence with the support of “Erasmus plus” program and “Hanns Seidel” Foundation organise: United We Stand Strong, Fifth International Conference On 1 January 2018 Bulgaria took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in a complicated and dynamic period, when important decisions are to be made. As a head of the rotating Presidency Bulgaria aims to achieve its set of goals through three easy-to-remember approaches, that comprise the three most salient areas for the future of the EU. They have become popular as the three “C”: consensus – competitiveness – cohesion. Competitiveness is crucial for the economic prosperity of citizens; cohesion is a precondition for a socially stable European Union, while consensus is necessary for the unity and progress of the EU. We shall not forget the forth “C” that stands for culture since culture is what distinguishes Europe as a hallmark for civilization. The motto of the Bulgaria presidency “United we stand strong” is also the title of the Fifth international conference of the European Studies Department. The main aim of the conference is to contribute to the priorities of the Presidency: [...]

Fourth International Conference “Rethinking the European Union”

The Fourth International Conference “Rethinking the European Union”, 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, in May 2017. [...]

Three Cs”- competitiveness, cohesion, culture

Today the minister, responsible for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2018, Mrs. Liliana Pavlova, publicly presented the position of Bulgaria on the political priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency. They are based on the concept of the “Three Cs”- competitiveness, cohesion, culture”, elaborated by Prof. Ingrid Shikova. Information about the public position can be found in the Bulgarian media here and here. The concept, elaborated by Prof. Ingrid Shikova can be accessed in the weekly analytical commentaries, published by our CoE project team members – here.

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

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

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The “Orban” formula

The Brexit Drama – End of First Act

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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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

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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

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

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