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Tenth Anniversary of the Diplomatic Institute

COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS OF TANYA MIHAYLOVA, DIRECTOR OF THE DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTE

Dear friends,

The year 2013 marks the Tenth Anniversary of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute. As its Director, I find this a pleasant and exciting occasion to address with words of gratitude those who have contributed all these years to the successful accomplishment of its mission as the first national diplomatic academy in the 135-year history of the Modern Bulgarian State.

  • I would like to thank the people who, ten years ago, had the courage and the professional competence to initiate the Institute and lay its strong foundations.
  • I would like to thank all my present and past colleagues who, with their enthusiasm and team spirit, have turned the Institute into a respectable and unique institution.
  • I would like to thank the governments and foreign ministers of Bulgaria who have created the conditions in which we have developed and in which we have implemented our motto: Docendo discimus By teaching, we learn.
  • I would like to thank all our national and international partners, who have helped us seek and follow our path.
  • I would like to thank the diplomats and officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • I would like to thank all our lectors Ambassadors, experts and university professors, who have shared their experience and knowledge in the trainings organised by the Institute.
  • Last but not least, I would like to pay special tribute to all our trainees whose hard work and achievements continue to give meaning to our undertaking.

Indeed, one could say that instead of 10 years since the creation of the Institute, it might be more accurate to think of it as 10 years of creating the Diplomatic Institute. I am certain that these 10 years will leave their mark on each and everyone who has been involved in its development. Today, as we commemorate this anniversary, it is not the past that we look to but the future. The Institutes maturity combined with the teams youthful spirit continuously gives us the motivation to set ourselves ever higher goals. It is my determination that in the coming years we will firmly establish ourselves as a supporting factor for the Bulgarian Diplomatic Service and for Bulgarian Foreign Policy in enhancing the prestige of Bulgaria both at home and abroad.

Tanya Mihaylova

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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

April:
- National Essay Contest Our world. Our dignity. Our future, within European Year for Development 2015 - See more
- Public presentation of the collection "The Future of NATO"
- Bulgarian-Romanian-Moldovan-Saudi Forum

May:
- Orientation course Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) under the auspices of the European College for Security and Defense, Varna, Bulgaria;

July:
- Awarding of the Annual Honorary Prizes of the Diplomatic Institute

September:
- Course in Energy Diplomacy

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10 years Diplomatic Institute

In order to mark the ten-year anniversary in 2013 of the establishment the Diplomatic Institute, in our new series "10 interviews" we will introduce you to 10 notable professionals, trained by the Institute. In the form of interviews, they will present their view of the Institute and share valuable experience from their career development.

Interview with... Mr. PETYO VURBANOV

1. Mr. Vurbanov, you have taken part in the first Basic Course in Diplomacy of the Diplomatic Institute in 2004, as well as in language courses organized by the Institute and you are currently a II rank diplomatic official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What role has your training in the Institute played for your professional development?

My participation in the Basic Course in Diplomacy and my successful completion of it allowed me to acquire my first diplomatic rank, i.e. it gave me the opportunity to join the Bulgarian diplomatic service. Therefore, the training was of key importance for my further professional development and I am grateful to the Institute for giving me that opportunity.

Before the establishment of the Institute every applicant had to prepare individually in order to acquire the rank of "attache". The Basic Course in Diplomacy facilitated considerably that task. I remember that, apart from the lectures, we had exercises which developed our ability to work in a team, prepare official documents, lessons how to act in front of media and about diplomatic protocol, how to negotiate and many other interesting and helpful things.

I try to preserve and develop my language skills, which, as you know are very important for MFA officials, so I regularly participate in foreign language courses, organized by the Institute. They are a great opportunity.

2. Considering your career development would you participate in future courses, organized by the Institute and if yes which one/ones?

Yes, definitely. Only a few days ago I participated in a training seminar on Multilateral negotiations within the EU, organized by the Institute and taught by the director of the "Clingendael Institute", from the Netherlands. It was interesting and also helpful to take a break from daily work, in order to learn new things.

In view of the growing tendency to use the Bulgarian diplomatic service to benefit the economy of the country, I would like to participate in an Economic Diplomacy Course. As far as I know there were already several of these courses, in which, unfortunately I was not able to take part.

3. Tell us about you diplomatic service abroad and about your responsibilities there. Could you share the most valuable experience that you gained and also, how was the training from the Diplomatic Institute helpful during your service.

So far I have only had one mission abroad. From 2007 to 2010 I was third secretary in the Political section of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to NATO in Brussels. Working in a diplomatic mission is very different from working in the ministry and it helped me gain valuable experience, especially when it comes to dealing with colleagues from other countries. Conduct is very important in such an environment, in which self-confidence plays a crucial part, including when it comes to dealing with difficult or unexpected situations. I believe that the most valuable thing about the Diplomatic Institutes training is its contribution towards the development of the necessary professional self-confidence.

4. The Diplomatic Institute offers training courses for mid-career diplomats. How do you think such training should be organized, in view of their professional needs?

To be honest, I am not familiar with the training courses for mid-career diplomats. However, I think that it is important for such a course to offer an in-depth analysis of the main objectives of Bulgarian foreign policy. Often, in the course of their career development, MFA officials specialize in a certain department, which to a certain degree makes them lose track of other targets on the ministrys agenda. As you know, in practice, foreign policy questions are interconnected with one another for example regional politics and bilateral relations with countries with our participation in the EU, NATO, UN and vice versa. I think it would be good for the course to have modules which improve individual skills for example classes focusing on rhetoric and behavior in front of media, apart from the ones which develop your personal knowledge.

5. In your opinion, what role do institutions like the Diplomatic Institute have in the diplomatic profession and Bulgarian foreign policy as a whole?

Without a doubt, they are extremely significant. As I said before, the trainings of the Institute constitute a gateway to a career in diplomacy. With the additional training it offers, the institute gives MFA officials the opportunity to continually improve their knowledge and skills during the course of their career development. No less important are the public activities organized by or with the cooperation of the Institute lectures, conferences, publications etc. which allow us to "stay tuned" with global events and at the same time give us an outside look on our work in the ministry.

6. Do you follow the Institutes public activities and cooperation projects and how would you rate them?

Unfortunately, I am unable to follow regularly the Institutes public activities, but as is obvious from its webpage, the event schedule is quite hectic. I try to attend some of the public lectures, which it organizes, because they are an opportunity to meet and hear people with an interesting biography, occupying important positions, who have a lot to say and who otherwise you rarely have the chance to meet.

7. What will you remember the Diplomatic Institute with, either during you training or afterwards, during you work?

With the laid-back attitude of the people working in the Diplomatic Institute, and with their enthusiasm for their job. When the first Basic Course in Diplomacy, in which I participated, was held in 2004, everyone was very enthusiastic and excited. The Institute had been established a year earlier and everything was still in the process of being developed. Since then many new things have been accomplished.

8. In 2013 the Diplomatic Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary. What would you wish to the Institute or in general, to the structures it cooperates with?

I hope they preserve their enthusiasm for their work. I know they have a lot of plans and projects for the future. I am certain they will be successful.

Mr. Petyo Vurbanov has a Masters degree of International economic relations from the University of National and World Economy. His Master thesis is on Bulgarias participation in economic cooperation in SE Europe. He took part in educational courses on international security in the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies Germany and also in the NATO Defense College in Rome.

He joined the diplomatic service in 2005 when he acquired his first diplomatic rank attache. In the same year he started work in the NATO department of the Security Policy Directorate. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as third secretary in the Political section of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to NATO in Brussels. He returned to the Security Policy Directorate after the end of his mission abroad. In September 2012 he started work in the EU Institutional and Economic Affairs Department of the European Union Policy and Institutions Department.

He has lectured in the educational courses of the Diplomatic Institute on Bulgarias role in NATO. He has a publication on "The European Prospects of Turkey and Bulgarias Position" in "International relations" Magazine.

He is fluent in English and Russian and has a working knowledge of French.

He is 33 years old, married, with two children.

NEWS

22.04.2015

The director of DI took part in a discussion about the European Security Strategy in Brussels

On 21 April in Brussels, the European Institute for Security Studies organized a conference on The EU in a changing security environment.

The conference speakers were Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and also Mr. Alain Le Roy, First Secretary of the European External Action Service and Special Advisor Mrs. Nathalie Tocci. Regarding the update of the European Security Strategy, a mutual agreement that the EU should be proactive in the changing geostrategic environment was reached. Bulgaria supports a gradual and pragmatic updating of the European Security Strategy that responds adequately to the dynamic and changing challenges, in cooperation with strategic partners.

Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute and representative of Bulgaria at the Board of Directors of the European Institute for Security Studies, took part in the debate.

During her visit to Brussels Mrs. Mihaylova discussed future joint initiatives with the Bulgarian representative in the European Parliament, Mr. Andrey Kovachev.

21.04.2015

End of the essay contest Our World. Our Dignity. Our Future

On 20 April 2015, the National essay contest on the topic Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future ended. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the framework of Bulgarias National Programme for marking the European Year for Development 2015. There were over 120 participants in the contest students from 11th and 12th grade and students from Bulgarian universities from over 30 villages and towns in Bulgaria.

The essays will be assessed by a special commission, which includes experts from the Diplomatic Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria. The two best of high-school students and the two best essays of university students will be awarded. The four winners will visit the European institutions in Brussels in June 2015. Their essays will be published on the website of the Diplomatic Institute, as well as in the online Diplomacy Journal, and the authors will receive certificates for their excellent performance. The final results will be announced on the Institutes website in the period 11th - 15th May 2015.

20.04.2015

Third workshop on the relations between Bulgaria, Romania and Saudi Arabia

The Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, in cooperation with the Institute for Diplomatic Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, the Association Friends of the Arab World and the Bulgarian-Saudi Business Council, will hold a third workshop dedicated to the relations between Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Saudi Arabia. The forum will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hall 101, on 23 April (Thursday), from 9:00 a.m.

Participants will be Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Mr. Borislav Kostov, Director General on Bilateral Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, the Director General of the Institute of Diplomatic Studies of Saudi Arabia, Prof. Abdulkarim H. Al-Dekhayel, the Director General of the Diplomatic Institute of Romania, Prof. Dan Petre, Dr. Saud Altammamy and Prof. Abdullah Mathker Alotaibi from the Department of Political Science at King Saud University, Prof. Vladimir Chukov, Prof. Aleksander Fedotov, Director of the Centre for Eastern Languages and Cultures at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, among others. The event will be held in English with provided simultaneous translation.

15.04.2015

Letter of gratitude to the DIs Director from the President of the Republic of Croatia

Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, sent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic a letter to congratulate her on becoming President of the Republic of Croatia. In response, Ms. Grabar-Kitarovic, a long-term member of the Diplomatic Institutes International Advisory Board, sent a letter of gratitude, expressing her support to the Institutes activities, as well as to the successful cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute and the Diplomatic Academy of Croatia.

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06.04.2015

Public presentation of policy paper by Tonka Kostadinova, trainee attache in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Today Ms. Tonka Kostadinova, trainee attache in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, completed her training in diplomacy after presenting a policy paper about Bulgarias role in regional cooperation in Southeastern Europe. The Bulgarian presidency of the SEECP, 2015-2016.

Her presentation and recommendations, concerning the upcoming presidency of the SEECP, were followed up by a discussion. Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, expressed her gratitude for the excellent work and awarded Ms. Kostadinova a certificate for the successful completion of the Diplomacy Course for trainee attaches organized by the Institute. The event gathered all of the Ministrys trainee attaches, Ms. Kostadinovas policy paper consultants, officials from the Southeastern Europe Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and colleagues from the Diplomatic Institute.

06.04.2015

Bozhidar Dimitrov appealed to the future consuls to cooperate in the search and preservation of historic monuments

Within the 11th Consular Diplomacy Course, the director of the National History Museum, Bozhidar Dimitrov presented a lecture on Activities of the diplomatic and consular missions in promoting Bulgarian culture and preserving the cultural heritage (Bulgarian history sources, valuable collections, objects of historical and cultural past, etc.). He pointed out that it is tradition for Bulgarian diplomats to seek out material and immaterial monuments in the lands of our neighboring countries which once belonged to Bulgaria. The identifying activities began even before the Liberation, after 1860 when the Bulgarian Orthodox church became autocephalous. Prof. Dimitrov told of interesting cases when Bulgarian diplomats have found historical monuments. The soldier monuments in the Republic of Macedonia have risen from 470 to 505 in the past 25 years.

The historian urged our future consuls to contribute to the discovery of illegal antique trade. In the USA alone, the annual trade of Bulgarian antiques reaches 20 million dollars.

02.04.2015

The collection Future NATO was officially presented

Today the collection Future NATO, published by the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and the G.S. Rakovski National Defence College was officially presented at the Ceremonial Hall of the Central Military Club. The collection comprises the papers of both Bulgarian and foreign participants in the international conference, organised by the Diplomatic Institute, the National Defence College and The Atlantic Club in Bulgaria in 2014 on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the accession of Bulgaria to NATO.

The president of The Atlantic Club, Dr. Solomon Passy, reminded of the accession of our country to the Alliance on 29th March, 2004. He stressed that our membership in NATO nowadays was not trivial, but on the contrary quite relevant, because of the events in Ukraine and was also a vital guarantee for our security. Since 1949, this is the only limit that has not been braved yet. According to Passy, there is a reputation war in the field of electronic media. Dr. Petio Petev, Director of the NATO and Regional Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasised the role of the Diplomatic Institute in the timely publication of the Future NATO. Dr. Petev also disclosed that its leitmotif was the philosophy of the Future NATO, while the symbolic values had remained unchanged. There is a need of a new strategic concept because of the modern political situation terrorism, cyber-attacks, immigration waves, and the fundamental regional changes the annexation of Crimea, the emerging of ISIS, factors which have altered the worlds balance. Bulgaria is an active member of NATO, stressed Dr. Petev. The country had also taken part in the training conducted in Eastern Europe along with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Romania. In light of the recent phenomenon called hybrid war, Dr. Petev called for a clear distinction between the freedom of speech and misinformation.

The ambassadors of the USA, Hungary, Morocco, Egypt, Mongolia and Pakistan extended greetings.

27.03.2015

Training seminar for civil servants

On March 27, 2015, in fulfillment of the Memorandum for Cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute and the State Agency for Refugees a one-day training seminar was held, with the topic: Informational and analytical activities in public administration: sharing of practices for employees of the Information about the countries of origin and analysis Department of the Agency. Course lecturers were Ms. Desislava Ivanova, Head of the Information, positions and statements Department in the Foreign Policy Planning, Information and Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Valentin Katrandjiev, chief expert at the Training, Research and Projects Activities Department of the Diplomatic Institute. The participants in the training seminar were introduced to the substance, stages and methods of the informational-analytical work. The seminar ended with performing an expert task on a specific international case study.

27.03.2015

Opening of the international forum Education without borders

The twelfth edition of the international forum "Education without Borders" started today. It will take place within the next three days at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The most comprehensive educational fair in Bulgaria enjoyed great interest from exhibitors, visitors and the media. The platform represents many foreign and Bulgarian educational institutions and employers, and includes the useful initiative "Education and career", which provides information about internships, career development opportunities and programmes for intercultural exchange.

The official opening of the event was attended by representatives of the Bulgarian institutions and the diplomatic corps. At the invitation of the organizers, Ms. Silvana Tsokova, Acting Head of the Public Affairs and Cooperation Department of the Diplomatic Institute, addressed the forum with a welcoming speech on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Katya Todorova and the Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Ms. Tanya Mihaylova. She expressed the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DI to such initiatives, and welcomed their positive role in the development of educational mobility, meeting the needs of a dynamic society. Emphasizing on the mission of the forum to contribute to a successful career and personal development beyond any borders, Ms. Tsokova mentioned the various trainings organized by the Institute, as well as its internship programme which aims to achieve succession between the academic and professional sphere. The motto of the Institute which is generally valid for all participants of the exhibition, "By teaching others, we teach ourselves", found place in the context of the welcoming speech.

26.03.2015

The 10th edition of the Winter School of Diplomacy has ended

The Winter School of Diplomacy was organized for a tenth consecutive year by the Diplomatic Institute in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the European Academy-Berlin. The event took place between 16 and 20 March 2015 in the town of Sandanski. The topic of the seminar was "Policies of EU and NATO in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region: foreign policy, security and energy issues. Twenty-four young diplomats from 15 countries from the Balkans, the Black Sea region and EU Member States participated in the event.

During the first two days of the programme the participants presented positions of states different from their state of origin, on the main topic of the event. The discussions which followed were moderated by Prof. Stratenschulte, Director of the European Academy-Berlin. The following three days of the seminar included lectures and interactive activities, prepared by officials of the MFA, the Diplomatic Institute and external experts. Ms. Daniela Shili, Mr. Slavcho Neikov, Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Simeonov, Mr. Rositsa Stoeva, Ms. Antoaneta Primatarova and Dr. Valentin Katrandzhiev were invited to present and discuss with the young diplomats different policies related to the Black Sea region and Southeast Europe.

Some of the topics discussed were the Strategy for the Danube region and the mechanisms for successful negotiations between the countries from the region, the energy challenges in Southeast Europe, the EU Enlargement Policy for the Western Balkans and the role of Bulgaria in it, the benefits of the EU membership and the policies of the Asian countries in the Balkans. After the official part of the seminar the diplomats received certificates for their participation. In the last part of the programme the guests visited some of the most emblematic places in Bulgarias history. The participants also had a lesson of Bulgarian folk dances to immerge themselves in the culture of our country.

24.03.2015

Meeting with the Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Republic of Macedonia

A work meeting between Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Ms. Adelina Marku, Director of the Diplomatic Academy Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, and her substitute, Ms. Lidiya Boshkovska, took place within the range of the 10th Winter School of Diplomacy in the town of Sandanski. The topic of discussion were two projects of the Diplomatic Institute an upcoming training for diplomats from the Republic of Macedonia, and a joint project in energy issues, with which the Institute plans to apply within the Central European Initiative.

23.03.2015

Memorandum for cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute and BNR

Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Radoslav Yankulov, General Director of the Bulgarian National Radio, signed a Memorandum for cooperation between the two institutions. It foresees information exchange, informing the society and joint radio broadcasts about the training, research and public activities in the field of Bulgarian and international foreign policy. The Diplomatic Institute will provide information about its activities and its own and foreign lecturers, which will participate in the radio broadcasts on BNR. Radio journalists will be included as lecturers, geopolitical, geoeconomical and international relations experts, in the qualification courses of the Institute.

19.03.2015

The Minister of Foreign Affairs opened the European Year for Development in Bulgaria

The Opening Conference for the European Year for Development 2015 in Bulgaria, organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place on 19 March 2015 at the Concert Hall of the Central Military Club in Sofia. The European Year for Development (EYD 2015) will be celebrated in all EU Member States. Bulgaria joined the initiative with a National Programme prepared by the Diplomatic Institute and the MFA, which includes a multitude of activities throughout 2015.

The event was opened by Mr. Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Mr. Ognian Zlatev, Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, Mr. Teodor Stoychev, Acting Director of the Information Office of the European Parliament in Bulgaria, and Mr. Ventsislav Kirkov from the Bulgarian Platform for International Development. Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-president of the European Commission, greeted the participants and the audience with a video address.

In his speech, Minister Mitov outlined that reflections on what has been achieved until now will be made in 2015, and that a new ambitious agenda is to be implemented, aiming to bring sustainable development, which would give a quality boost to the economy, society and human rights. He noted that solidarity is an investment for the success and prosperity of all, and that the EYD 2015 aims are impossible to accomplish without the active involvement of CSOs. In addition, Ms. Mihaylova declared that solidarity is the main value of the EU, as well as an instrument of national foreign policy, through which Bulgaria can create a new image for itself before the international community.

In her video message, Commissioner Georgieva emphasized that 85% of the European citizens are convinced in the importance of development aid and that the EU is the biggest donor in the world. She added that the fight against poverty is a fight for peace which prevents extremist notions in the world.

The main values presented during the conference were solidarity, dealing with poverty and finding a uniform approach against global threats. Dealing with the lack of sufficient information for Bulgarian citizens was put forth as a challenge before Bulgarias National programme, regarding the benefits for donor-states resulting from development cooperation, as well as popularizing the successes which the EU has in this area.

The conference took place in two sessions, focusing on EYD 2015 as a platform for speeding up the dialogue between all interested parties on the possibilities and challenges before development cooperation, as well as on the topic of peaceful societies, the rule of law and good management as key factors of UNs new agenda for sustainable development after 2015. Participants in the sessions were representatives from MFA, the European External Action Service, the NGO sector and the academic society. The event gathered over 250 participants.

18.03.2015

18.03.2015

Press conference on the official opening in Bulgaria of the European Year for Development 2015

The communication campaign for the European Year for Development is directed mostly towards the young people, because solidarity is something, that we can teach, said Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute. We need solidarity, because it is essential for the European Union. At the same time, 64% of Bulgarian citizens think that their country should not be involved in development policy helping other countries. The campaign should approach more students throughout the whole country. The Diplomatic Institute will be its vehicle and the main partners in this action will be the NGOs. The advanced democracies helped us in the past, and we respect them for that, and now it is our turn to do the same for the developing countries, Ms. Mihaylova added.

Tanya Mihaylova urged the media to become part of the team who will explain the values of solidarity. She invited the journalists to the conference, with which the Minister of Foreign Affairs would open the European Year for Development in Bulgaria.

Solidarity is one of the key values in the EU, said Ms. Maria Pavlova, Head of International cooperation for development department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She emphasized that in 2005 a European consensus was achieved about the main values and goals and the most important of them is solidarity. Bulgaria has to be involved in this, because, as a EU Member State, the country has to follow its international obligations. The priorities for Bulgaria in the medium-term programme 2013-2015 are the Western Blkans and the Eastern partnership, which is very important for the EU. She defined the donorship as an investment in security and prosperity. In that way Bulgaria will limit the migration, the tension will be reduced and conflicts will be escaped. Ms. Pavlova added that Bulgarias main idea is to have very specific goals, because is not a big donor and the help it provides should be focused. In that way business contacts will expand, opening up new prospects for the business, and historic heritage will be preserved.

16.03.2015

Start of the 10th Winter School in Diplomacy

On 16 March, in the town of Sandanski, started the 10th edition of the international seminar Winter School in Diplomacy, organized by the Diplomatic Institute, in cooperation with the German Hanns Seidel Foundation. The topic of this years seminar is Policies of EU and NATO in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region: foreign policy, security and energy issues. Twenty-four young diplomats, representatives of 15 countries from Southeast Europe, the Black Sea region and several EU Member States will take part in the training.

This years international forum was opened by Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute and H.E. Mr. Detlef Lingemann, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bulgaria. Mr. Bogdan Mirchev, the representative of the Hanns Seidel in Bulgaria, and Prof. Eckart Stratenschulte, Director of the European academy in Berlin, also took part in the opening. Mrs. Dzhema Grozdanova, Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee sent a congratulatory address to the young participants and wished them success in the seminar.

During the first two days of the Winter School each participant will present the above mentioned policies of a country different from their own. Prof. Stratenschulte will be the moderator of this exercise for eighth year in a row. Lecturers in the five-day seminar will be experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Diplomatic Institute, as well as NGOs.

13.03.2015

Orientation course in Common Security and Defence Policy, Vienna

Between 9th and 12th of March 2015, within the training programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), the Austrian Defence Academy, which is a ESDC partner, conducted an Orientation course in Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) of the EU in Vienna. Mr. Valentin Katrandjiev, Chief Expert at the Training, Research and Project Activities Department of the Diplomatic Institute, took part in it. His participation was part of his familiarization with the issues of CSDP, the methodology and logistics of conducting training courses within the framework of the College. As of February 2015 Mr. Katrandjiev is the representative of the Diplomatic Institute in the meetings of the Academic Council of ESDC.

13.03.2015

Memorandum for cooperation with Angel Kanchev University of Ruse

On 12 March 2015, in Ruse, the director of the Diplomacy Institute Tanya Mihaylova and Prof. Hristo Beloev, rector of Angel Kanchev University of Ruse signed a Memorandum for cooperation between the two institutions.

09.03.2015

Eleventh course on consular diplomacy

The eleventh course on consular diplomacy started today. It is organized by the Diplomatic Institute together with the Consular Relations directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants are civil servants, whose work is related to the consular activities of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad. The course was opened by Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute and Mr. Rakovski Lashev, Director of Consular Relations directorate. During the five-week training period the participants will extend their knowledge on important topics in the consular field. The lecturers in the course are experts from the Consular Relations directorate, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the State Agency for the Bulgarians living abroad and other institutions. This training is a compulsory element of the preparation of all consular servants before their departure for a mission abroad.

09.03.2015

The American Jewish Committee supported Europe and Bulgaria

Europe could lean on USA for a military protection to a great extent. Europe can share the burden. This advice was given by the executive director of the American Jewish Committee David Harris, who held a public lecture in Sofia, organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.

What shall we do, if Putin leaves us no choice, if he treads down our values, if he transforms the whole of Europe with his impudent threats and tries to spoil everything that Europe has created so far? Together we would be in a very stronger position, argued Harris. He was determined that the question about Ukraine is very important the story of it is not finished writing, and, still, there could be no more chapters, but we cannot stand at the fence waiting to see what it will happen.

The USA would pay a very big price, he said, if we think that the oceans will defend us, if we dont take any steps. America has to address itself and to call to mind that when it refused to take part in the United Nations, it turned against its own values, emphasized Harris. He is hopeful about the future international relations, stating Im a convinced transatlantic, and Ive been so all my life, Ive always believed in the relation between America and Europe. I believe that there is a bridge not only between interests, but also between values.

In his words, the European Union is the most successful peace project in the history of the Earth. Harris also paid tribute to our nation for one of the political decisions which have made us famous throughout the world the salvation of the Bulgarian Jews in World War II.

05.03.2015

Development Policy seminar has ended

The third and final seminar on Development Policy, organized by the Diplomatic Institute with the cooperation of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael ended on 27 February 2015. The training was closed by Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the DI, and Prof. Paul Hoebink, the lecturer of the course. Both of them gave out certificates for participation to the trainees and made analyses and conclusion of the training. The course was attended by civil servants from almost every Bulgarian ministry, representatives of different NGOs and teaching institutions, which deal with Development Policy.

04.03.2015

Liberation Day commemorated in Istanbul with the exhibition The Sea brings all that is distant together

The exhibition The Sea brings all that is distant together, which presents the Western Black Sea coast in 33 maps and engravings, marked Bulgarias national day (March 3) in Sheraton Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition was opened with the speech of Assoc. Prof. Ivan Iltchev, the rector of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. The event was an initiative of the Institute for Culture at MFA and the Consulate General in Istanbul.

The exhibition features old maps and engravings from the II-XIX c., which uniquely recreate the spirit of the Black Sea and provoke the development of new perceptions and rationalizations about its contemporary dimension as one of EUs borders. The maps were put on display for the first time on 24 January, 2014 in The Mission gallery at the Institute for Culture on the occasion of Bulgarias presidency of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC.

Following Istanbul, the exhibition will be displayed in Burgas. At a later stage, thanks to the Diplomatic Institute at MFA, the exhibition will be part of the International Map Year 2015/2016 programme, under UN patronage.

Owing to the vast interest to the cultural event in Istanbul, the exhibitions catalogue has been published on the Morski Vestnik (Marine Newspaper) Varnaofficial website.

26.02.2015

Essay contest Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future

The Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs announces a National essay contest on the topic Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future. The contest is organized on the occasion that the year 2015 was declared as European Year for Development by the European Parliament. Bulgarian students from 11th and 12th grade and students from Bulgarian universities can take part in the contest. The winners will visit the European parliament and other European institutions in Brussels in June 2015, and their essays will be published on the website of the Diplomatic Institute, as well as in the online Diplomacy Journal. The final results will be announced in May 2015 on the Institutes website.

For more information see the Announcement.

25.02.2015

Opening of the training seminar on "Development Policy"

The third and final training seminar on "Development Policy", organized by the Diplomatic Institute in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' started on 25 February, 2015. The training is designed for the specialized interagency working group on development policy, which includes representatives of specialized and regional directorates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant government departments. In this year's seminar representatives of almost all Bulgarian ministries are taking part. Among them are employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as representatives of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and other ministries.

The seminar was opened by Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute; H.E. Thomas van Orshot, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Sofia and Mrs. Maria Pavlova, Head of "International Cooperation for Development" department in the "UN and Development Cooperation" directorate of the MFA. After the welcome addresses, Prof. Dr. Paul Hyobing from the Institute of International Relations "Clingendael" began his lectures, sharing with participants the rich experience of his country in the field of development cooperation. The course will continue until February 27, 2015.

24.02.2015

The Diplomatic Institute mentioned in a Qatari yearbook for 2014

A publication, dedicated to the work of the Diplomatic Institute of Qatar in 2014, pays special attention to the cooperation with Bulgaria, in particular, to the Memorandum of Cooperation signed between Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of Bulgaria and her Qatari counterpart Dr. Hassan al Mohanadina.

The bilateral meeting and the signing of the document took place during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev in Doha in March last year. With the Memorandum the two countries agreed to cooperate in the fields of: training of diplomats from both countries, research work, exchange of lecturers and students in seminars, training courses, conferences etc.

The memorandum reflects the initiative of the Qatar Institute, launched in 2013, to expand its partner network. In the yearbook for 2014 the Memorandum with the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute was named first, prior to the agreements with Kuwait and France.

23.02.2015

From Migration to Mobility

The Diplomatic Institute organized a presentation of Anna Krastevas new book From migration to mobility: policies and roads with the participation of the author, who is a member of the Institutes National Advisory Board. The director of the Institute Tanya Mihaylova pointed out that the ten-year work of the professor at the New Bulgarian University is not only useful for the administration, but also constitutes a reading with deep and profound aestheticism the book presented scientific facts, as well as examples from literature and painting.

Assoc. Prof. Krasteva introduced the audience to the issue of migration with a quote of Mihail Veshims book The English Neighbour. She stressed that when the former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan was awarded with the prize for human rights Sakharov, he coincidentally called the European Union for better migration policy. The migration policies are the most difficult, said Assoc. Prof. Krasteva, because they are the heart of the identity. For the last five years ten priorities in this area have been changed. The reason for this is that much more attention is being paid to the immigration policy, than to integration policy. So, in her opinion, the approach of the politicians and administration must be changed.

18.02.2015

First meeting of the new Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Institute

The new National Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Institute, approved by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, met for their first meeting. The Board includes prominent scholars in the social sciences and diplomats: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Valentin Poryazov, Assoc. Prof. Zdravko Popov (first director of DI), prof. Milan Milanov (second director of DI), Assoc. Prof. Anna Krasteva and Prof. Antony Todorov (New Bulgarian University), Antoinette Primatarova (Centre for Liberal Strategies), Prof. Dinko Dinkov (University of National and World Economy), Yasen Georgiev (Executive Director of the Economic Policy Institute). Board members are also Prof. Ingrid Shikova, Slavcho Neykov of the Energy Management Institute, Maya Dobreva Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Emilia Nikolova Acting Director of "Human Resources", who were absent due to work commitments.

The Director of the Diplomatic Institute Tanya Mihaylova presented a report of the activities of the Institute in 2014. Within the 12th Course in diplomacy for trainee attaches, that took place last year, a patron of the graduate class was elected for the first time the great Bulgarian journalist and diplomat Simeon Radev.

Tanya Mihaylova outlined ambitious programmes for 2015 as well. The new guidelines, which the Institute will work on, are the European Year for Development and the preparation of Bulgaria for its EU Presidency in 2018.

Deputy Minister Poryazov shared the appreciation of Minister Daniel Mitov for the work of the Diplomatic Institute. He also expressed the willingness of the leadership of the MFA for Bulgaria to regain the key role in our region and to give publicity to the Bulgarian Presidency. Mr. Poryazov compared this role with our entry in the European Union.

18.02.2015

Book Presentation

On 23 February 2015, at 4.00 p.m., in Antarctica Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the new book by Assoc. Prof. Anna Krasteva "From migration to mobility: policies and roads" will be presented. See announcement.

16.02.2015

ASEF a bridge between Asia and Europe

His Excellency Ambassador Zhang Yan, CEO of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), delivered a lecture on "ASEF a bridge between Asia and Europe." The event was organized by the Diplomatic Institute, and opened by its director Tanya Mihaylova. Guest of honor was Nelly Kostova, director of the 32 Secondary School "St. Kliment Ohridski", which initiated the first independent project between a Bulgarian organization and ASEF: "Two continents one classroom. The joint project, which will take place in November this year, will be dedicated to the ICT in education and their introduction into the educational process.

ASEF is an intergovernmental nonprofit organization, a subsidiary body of the Asia-Europe Forum (ASEM). The Foundation is committed to political and global issues, issues related to international security and counter-terrorism, human rights, law and democracy. It has interests in the economy trade, investment, finance, IT. ASEF aims to improve dialogue and promote cooperation between Asia and Europe in the system people to people in areas such as culture, education, economy, environment, public health and sustainable development. For seventeen years since its establishment, it cooperates with more than 700 partners and has made more than 650 projects in which active participants were more than 17 000 people.

Ambassador Zhang put forward a proposal that in 2017 Bulgaria host a meeting on human rights. He urged the attendees to present their ideas and actively participate in the competitions for cooperation with ASEF.

The event was attended by 50 people representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, non-governmental and student organizations, the academic sector, the media and others.

12.02.2015

Meeting with the Ambassador of Japan

On February 12, 2015 the Diplomatic Institute hosted a working meeting between Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, and H.E. Mr. Takashi Koizumi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria. Mrs. Mihaylova introduced the Ambassador to the activities of the Institute, as well as upcoming projects and events.

At the meeting the economical and cultural cooperation between the two countries was discussed, as well as the prospects for cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute and the Embassy of Japan. These include the exchange of experience, expertise and lecturers, as well as publications for "Diplomacy Journal". The possibilities for modernization of the library of the Institute were also discussed with the purpose to improve information services and better promote the library fund of over 65,000 titles in the field of international relations, diplomacy, social sciences.

18.02.2015

Book Presentation

On 23 February 2015, at 4.00 p.m., in Antarctica Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the new book by Assoc. Prof. Anna Krasteva "From migration to mobility: policies and roads" will be presented. See announcement.

16.02.2015

ASEF a bridge between Asia and Europe

His Excellency Ambassador Zhang Yan, CEO of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), delivered a lecture on "ASEF a bridge between Asia and Europe." The event was organized by the Diplomatic Institute, and opened by its director Tanya Mihaylova. Guest of honor was Nelly Kostova, director of the 32 Secondary School "St. Kliment Ohridski", which initiated the first independent project between a Bulgarian organization and ASEF: "Two continents one classroom. The joint project, which will take place in November this year, will be dedicated to the ICT in education and their introduction into the educational process.

ASEF is an intergovernmental nonprofit organization, a subsidiary body of the Asia-Europe Forum (ASEM). The Foundation is committed to political and global issues, issues related to international security and counter-terrorism, human rights, law and democracy. It has interests in the economy trade, investment, finance, IT. ASEF aims to improve dialogue and promote cooperation between Asia and Europe in the system people to people in areas such as culture, education, economy, environment, public health and sustainable development. For seventeen years since its establishment, it cooperates with more than 700 partners and has made more than 650 projects in which active participants were more than 17 000 people.

Ambassador Zhang put forward a proposal that in 2017 Bulgaria host a meeting on human rights. He urged the attendees to present their ideas and actively participate in the competitions for cooperation with ASEF.

The event was attended by 50 people representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, non-governmental and student organizations, the academic sector, the media and others.

12.02.2015

Meeting with the Ambassador of Japan

On February 12, 2015 the Diplomatic Institute hosted a working meeting between Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, and H.E. Mr. Takashi Koizumi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria. Mrs. Mihaylova introduced the Ambassador to the activities of the Institute, as well as upcoming projects and events.

At the meeting the economical and cultural cooperation between the two countries was discussed, as well as the prospects for cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute and the Embassy of Japan. These include the exchange of experience, expertise and lecturers, as well as publications for "Diplomacy Journal". The possibilities for modernization of the library of the Institute were also discussed with the purpose to improve information services and better promote the library fund of over 65,000 titles in the field of international relations, diplomacy, social sciences.

09.02.2015

Interview for Military Television Channel

Interview with Tanya Mihaylova and Ingrid Shikova on the Challenges of the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU.

05.02.2015

Cooperation with the Institute for Energy Management

On 5 February 2015, the Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Ms. Tanya Mihaylova and Mr. Slavcho Neykov, Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Energy Management, signed a Memorandum for cooperation and partnership on energy diplomacy and joint training activities in this area. The agreement aims to strengthen the research capacity and awareness on issues related to energy security. In this context, both sides agreed to co-organize an international conference in the autumn of this year on "Security of critical energy infrastructure" with the participation of Bulgarian and foreign lecturers and experts.

05.02.2015

Scholarship competition of the Diplomatic Institute

The Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria is organizing for the second time a national competition for an applied research paper on The challenges and the perspectives for the development of the Black Sea region and Bulgaria?s position in it. The aim of the competition is throughout a scholarship to keep on providing an opportunity to young researchers for a scientific and professional appearance in the field of international relations and diplomacy by presenting an analytical report on the above-mentioned topics. Read more

04.02.2015

A must-see!

On Thursday, the 5th of February, at 6.00 p.m. on the Military TV channel, Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will participate in the discussion on the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union in 2018. In the TV broadcast "European security", she, together with Ingrid Shikova, professor of EU policies at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", will discuss the challenges that our country faces in this important role in the European Union and in the world.

Bulgaria will take the lead of the Community in the second part of 2018. Until then the country should have from 1000 to 2000 administration officials, prepared to work entirely for the Presidency. The Diplomatic Institute will be entrusted with an important role in this process.

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03.02.2015

Public lecture of Ilgvars Klava

The ambassador of Latvia in Sofia, H.E. Ilgvars Klava gave a public lecture on The priorities of the Latvian presidency of the EU Council on a conference organized by PanEuropa Bulgaria, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Embassy of Latvia in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute and the European Commission Representation in Sofia. The lecture grew into a discussion which was attended by Ms. Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs, Ms. Gergana Passy, president of PanEuropa Bulgaria, Mr. Solomon Passy, president of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of Bulgaria, Mr. Ognyan Zlatev, head of European Commission Representation, and H. E. Marcie Ries, ambassador of the United States in Sofia.

29.01.2015

The Diplomatic Institute supports a campaign to overcome illiteracy

As a member of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA), the Library of the Diplomatic Institute joins the promotion of the programme Public Libraries 2020. It was initiated by the Reading and Writing Foundation, an organisation created by Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands in 2004, and it aims at decreasing the level of illiteracy in the Netherlands and drawing greater attention to that problem so that it could be solved. Today the campaign is spread across the whole EU. Its main purpose is the promotion of a debate about decreasing the illiteracy as well as representing the methods for libraries to help citizens meet the challenges of the modern world. Read more...

The ideas of the programme are being popularized by a video, which reflects the sensible matters of the XXI century which our society is facing and the everyday function of public libraries.

28.01.2015

Presentation of a new edition of the Diplomatic Institute

On January 28, 2015 in MFA Antarctica hall, the newest edition of the Diplomatic Institute was presented the sixth issue of the traditional DIs series Foreign Affairs Research Papers. It contains the analytical expert report The new foreign policy of the Republic of Turkey and the security challenges for Bulgaria, by Mr. Marian Karagiozov PhD student at the Institute of Balkan Studies with Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The event was officially opened by Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, and Mr. Valentin Katrandzhiev, research project manager and head expert at the Educational, Research and Project Activities Department of the DI. The expert report was published following the national competition for applied research project held in 2013, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Institute, and won by Mr. Karagiozov.

26.01.2015

Meeting with the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 26 January, at the Diplomatic Institute the first meeting between Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, and Mr. Borivoj Marojevich, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held. Ms. Mihaylova introduced the Ambassador to the activities of the Institute, as well as its upcoming projects and events. At the meeting future possibilities for cooperation in the field of the Institutes training and public activities were also discussed. Among them was the Winter School of Diplomacy, which the Institute is organizing for the tenth time in March this year and which traditionally involves diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as projects in the sphere of the European integration of the region, energy diplomacy, etc. The possibilities for exchange of lecturers and expertise, publications for Diplomacy Journal were also examined. Both sides expressed their readiness for long-term and useful cooperation.

26.01.2015

Meeting with the ambassador of Sudan

Today, at the Diplomatic Institute Ms. Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, had a meeting with H.E. Ms. Ilham Ibrahim Mohammed Ahmed, Ambassador of Sudan. During the meeting, the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2008 between the Institute and the National Center for Diplomacy of Sudan was discussed, as well as possibilities for future joint initiatives. Ms. Mihaylova explained to Ms. Ahmed about the activities of the Institute, after which the two discussed specific opportunities for cooperation regarding the exchange of lecturers and participants in training programmes, exchange of expertise and publications, working visits, public lectures, etc.

13.01.2015

>A new book by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Krasteva

The latest book by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Krasteva From migration to mobility: policies and roads was published. The author is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Institute and Head of the Political Science Department at the New Bulgarian University. The books ambition is to analyse migration three-dimensionally: How we think migration migration theories; How migration unfolds migration phenomenon; How we manage migration migration policy, with each question constituting one of the three parts of the book.

The study develops an original theoretical model, positioning migration in a four-pole coordinate system of the post-Westphalian state. The results of the study are summarized in seven groups of conclusions related to: the transition from migration to mobility; the dilemma flux or fluidity, structure or actors; the transition from arrows to spaghetti and the cosmopolitisation of biographies; the divergence between policies and paths; theorisation of the post-communist migration model; the dynamics of deterritorialization reterritorialization; the emergence of new digital diaspora and transnational contestatory citizenship.

A summary of the book can be found on the website of the online version of "Diplomacy Journal".

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