Publications

“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. [...]

“The political initiatives of the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU – from empirical facts to expert evaluation”

The article “The political initiatives of the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU – from empirical facts to expert evaluation” by Mirela Veleva-Eftimova  &K. Haralampiev proposes a novel instrument for expert evaluation of political initiatives of the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This evaluation will create a possibility for assessment of the leadership performers of the Presidency as a key mechanism for implementation of the EU integration policies. [...]

“The Next Seven of the European Union”

The collection of articles of European Studies Department international conference “The Next Seven of the European Union” has been published. Are we ready for the next seven years of the EU? What ambitions and what reforms should shape the future of the European Union, how will the crisis affect the euro area, which path will the European Union's economy take? [...]

Living Archives

The two volumes "Living Archives" - National Archive of Memories of the Process of Bulgaria's Accession to the European Union have been published. [...]

Courses

 Paradigmatic Alternatives for Studying the EU Enlargement

The course aims to introduce PhD students to the diversity of perspectives of the EU enlargement process, tracing the history of the development of this specialized academic tradition of the last 30 years. It clarifies at the same time the paradigm grounds for the differences in the approach to the research subject, but also the practical and political consequences of the different interpretations of the studied problem. Doctoral students will receive  knowledge of the history and current state of research on Eastern EU enlargement in terms of substantive diversity and methodological differences contained in the main scientific achievements of this academic tradition; competence to participate in academic debates on EU enlargement processes by understanding the grounds for differences in the positions of the disputing parties; competence to examine EU policies on its own by reflecting on one's own position on the study subject. Prof. Georgi Dimitrov

EU Policies – Simulation game

Prof. Ingrid Shikova The objective of the simulation is to take students close to the practice of negotiations and decision making process in the European Union.  The simulation methodology comprises preparatory lectures, readings, writing of position papers, simulation exercise. The simulation will present the EU as a negotiation system, the main actors: institutions, lobbies, public opinion, the EU negotiation culture etc.  The topic of the simulation game is decided every academic year according to the recent developments at the EU. This simulation will help students to: - gain an intellectual understanding of negotiators’ behavior and of the central concepts in negotiations as they apply in the European Union institutional context; - improve their ability to analyze the negotiation situation and learn how to develop a toolkit of useful negotiation skills, strategies, and approaches adapted to work in the European institutional context.

Empirical studies of the EU integration

Prof. Georgi Dimitrov This optional 30 hour course in the BA program gives a chance to the students of European Studies to become acquainted with some best foreign examples of empirical research on EU integration and to participate themselves in an actual research process in a comparative cross-country study. The course is meant to change annually its focus of research interest. For the first year the accent will be on a comparison of the integration trajectories of Bulgaria-Serbia-Slovakia; for the second year – Croatia-Serbia; for the third – Bulgaria-Romania-Macedonia. The students who take this course will:

  • have advanced knowledge about the processes of the enlargement of the EU in their historical dynamics and national varieties;
  • have sound knowledge of some major research trends in the Europeanization literature in comparative perspective;
  • be trained to take part in studies of the Europeanization processes as researchers;
  • be encouraged to pursue higher levels of academic career;
  • be prepared for the work necessary for a successful defence of their master and dissertation theses.

Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Simeonov The course Economic and Monetary Union is thought from several years. At the same time at EU level many reforms of the EMU were introduced after the crisis from 2007-2008 and several modifications of the functioning of the EMU were implemented. These reforms and modification lead to the need to introduce amendments in the course on EMU that is thought in the third year of the bachelor programme of the European Studies Department. One of the future amendments will be about the impact of EMU on the countries from South-East Europe. There are specific issues such as the unilateral euroisation of Montenegro and Kosovo, the currency board arrangement in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the substantial impact of the EMU on all countries in the region. The current syllabus of the EMU course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the EMU, the creation and the functioning of the EMU in the first years after the introduction of the euro. The update of the course will introduce several topics related but not limited to a) the substantial amendments of the EMU in the recent years, b) the debates for the future EMU development and c) the impact of EMU on the countries from South-East Europe.

History of EU Eastern Enlargement

Assoc. Prof. Mirela Veleva The main aim of the History of EU Eastern Enlargement course is to enhance student understanding of the current nature and operation of EU, to increase the chances of the students to pursue careers in areas related to EU administration policy making and politics at national or EU level by providing them with professional transferable skills and in more abstract terms to stimulate their European identity by including Eastern Europe and particularly Bulgaria in European integration historical narratives. The course is targeting advanced students, who would like to go deeper into the exploration of the nature and character of the EU, as well as the prospects for its future development. The students may be already acquainted with elements of EU studies from the point of view of history of European integration and current history of Europe. The core objectives of the course are twofold. The first it is designed to acquaint the students with the evolution and unfolding of eastern enlargement process and the factors that drove this process forward with special accent on the norms which are decisive in shaping the eastern enlargement and the main instruments of EU to “europeanize” Central and Eastern Europe.  Secondly, regarding the need of annual actualisation of the teaching content - the students will be provided with an opportunity to explore the issue of the chronological and institutional framework of eastern enlargement by the case of Bulgarian participation in it – the normalisation of the relationship with the EU, their institutionalisation, the official application for accession, and the process of negotiations – the main political factors in the domestic decision making process on EU issues, the impact of “Europe’ on domestic institution, the Bulgarian progress to membership according European institutions  - Council, Commission, Parliament. In the framework of the Centre of Excellence project, an actualization of the teaching content is foreseen, which will enhance student understanding of the nature and operation of the EU by institutionalization of the using of Electronic archive of the EU accession. Also, the new teaching content will enhance the European identity and the sense of European citizenship by developing a common historical narrative to Eastern and Western Europe and therefore stimulate the citizen activity at European level.