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.
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 Institute’s maturity combined with the team’s 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.
of the Diplomatic Institute
Tenth Anniversary of the 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.
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 Institute’s 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 ministry’s 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 Institute’s public activities and cooperation projects and how would you rate them?
Unfortunately, I am unable to follow regularly the Institute’s 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 Master’s degree of International economic relations from the University of National and World Economy. His Master thesis is on Bulgaria’s 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 Bulgaria’s role in NATO. He has a publication on "The European Prospects of Turkey and Bulgaria’s 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.
The Open Doors Programme of the Diplomatic Institute is an important part of the accomplishment of its mission, within its public policy. The programme is oriented towards the student and academic community, as well as civil, non-government and business organizations, research centres, public institutions, etc. Its main purpose is to involve the Bulgarian public in the world of diplomacy and foreign affairs through introducing it to its various aspects and provoking interest, and also to develop cooperation with public circles.
The Diplomatic institute "opens its doors" by organizing regular meetings where the team of the Institute invites to its premises or visits various universities and organizations. During the meetings the functions and activities of the Institute are presented, along with the essence of the diplomatic profession, the opportunities for career development within the MFA structure, etc. and current topics and practical issues in the field of international relations are discussed, within the context of the experience and practice of the Institute. The Diplomatic institute also provides to the participants in the meetings copies of its publications – journals, books, collections, handbooks, etc.
In 2013, in order to commemorate the special occasion of its ten-year anniversary and the European Year of the Citizens, the Diplomatic Institutes is visiting universities in Sofia and the country. Visits conducted in 2013 so far include:
11.03.2013 Visit to the University of Veliko Turnovo "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" and a discussion with students studying Political Science, International Relations, History, Public Relations and others
26.03.2013 Visit to the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" and a discussion on the topic "The Diplomatic Profession Today" with students in European Studies, International Relations, Law, Public Administration and others
26.03.2013 Visit to the American University in Bulgaria and establishment of future forms of cooperation between the university and the DI
07.04.2013 Visit to the University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski" and a discussion on the topic "The Diplomatic Profession Today" with students from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy and History
11-12.04.2013 Participation in the "Golden Apple of Succes" forum at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski",organized by the Career Development Centre of SU, where the Diplomatic Institute presented its activities
17.05.2013: Visit to Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" and discussion on "The Diplomatic Profession Today" with students in International Economics and Politics, Public Administration, Law, etc.
30.05.2013 Presentation of the activities of the Diplomatic Institute at the National Youth Forum "Including young people in the decision-making process. Structural dialogue and the young people".
13.12.2013 Visit of students from the Romanian High Scool "Mihai Eminescu" at the Diplomatic Institute and presentation of the Institute’s activities.
13-14.12.2013 Presentation of the Diplomatic Institute to citizens who visited the Open Doors Days organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In order to mark the Tenth anniversary in 2013 of the Diplomatic Institute, in our new series "Winners in essay contests" we will publish the essays of the winners in all 17 essay contests organized by the DI since its establishment to present day.
REPUBLIC of BULGARIA
COUNCIL of MINISTERS
DECREE No. 209
Dated: 29 September 2003
On Establishing and Closing Administrative Organs, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
THE COUNCIL of MINISTERS
D E C I D E D:
(1) Shall establish, pursuant to Article 60, paragraph 1, of the Law on Administration, a Diplomatic Institute, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as a legal entity, with its headquarters in Sofia;
(2) The organization and activities of the Diplomatic Institute shall be carried out under Rules, set up by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BULGARIA
"After 125 years, it is for the first time that Bulgaria's diplomacy has its own Diplomatic Institute. I sincerely believe that the Diplomatic Institute shall have both the strength and courage to carry on, in a dignified manner, the responsibility of being the pioneer and of laying down the foundations of this institution, which is vested to create the unified image of today's diplomat.
I wish you good luck!"
Dr. Solomon Passy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Message by the Director of the Institute
"The Diplomatic Institute, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, assumes a truly responsible task with the training and increasing of the professional competence of Bulgarian diplomats and civil servants, in accordance with up-to-date diplomatic standards, required to meet the new tasks and priorities of our foreign policy.
The requirements and responsibilities, which Bulgaria, and its diplomatic service, are facing now will be constantly on the rise. This is so because Bulgaria has its obligations as a full-fledged member of NATO, and as a future member of the European Union, because it is actively participating in the anti-terrorist community, and because it has been making its contribution to various international organizations. And last but not least, because Bulgaria has been actively involved in the global economy, international law, and intercultural communications.
The Diplomatic Institute will be at the service of diplomats and civil servants. It shall provide top-level training and qualification, through a network of effective cooperation with prestigious diplomatic schools and research centers in the world. The Institute will likewise involve Bulgarian academics. It will provide access to up-to-date libraries and information systems, and will make use of the optimism and energy of all its personnel."
Assoc. Professor Zdravko Popov, PhD
Art.81. (1) The Diplomatic Institute shall be a legal entity under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, headquartered in Sofia, and a subsidiary of the Ministry for the purposes of budgetary appropriations.
(2) The Diplomatic Institute shall be funded from budget revenues and revenues from its own activities.
(3) The structure and organization of the Diplomatic Institute shall be determined by statutes issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
(4) Employees of the Diplomatic Institute shall be members of the Diplomatic Service as outlined in Art. 4.
Art. 82. The Diplomatic Institute shall:
1. organize and conduct training of trainee attaches;
2. organize and conduct training for enhancing the professional skills of the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other budget-funded agencies, including language training, in accordance with ordinances published by the Minister of Foreign Affairs;
3. provide and conduct diplomatic training for members of foreign diplomatic services and foreign state administrations under terms and regulations specified in the ordinance under item 2;
4. establish and maintain cooperation with Bulgarian entities, organizations and academic institutions, as well as European and other international diplomatic schools and institutes, international organizations, universities, research and information centers and not-for-profit organizations in the area of international relations;
5. carry out independently or in cooperation with Bulgarian and foreign partners research programmes and projects, the results of which shall be submitted to the National Assembly, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Council of Ministers;
6. engage in public diplomacy activities to enhance knowledge about and to promote the diplomatic profession by means of media events, conferences, lectures and publications.
Director of the Diplomatic Institute
Art. 83. The Director of the Diplomatic Institute shall be appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in a competitive procedure. Both diplomatic officers who meet the requirements under Art.8, para 2 and individuals outside the Service are permitted to compete for the appointment.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
I N T E R N A L R E G U L A T I O N S
OF THE DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTE
Art. 1 The Internal Regulations define the aims, structure, functions and work organization of the Diplomatic Institute, hereinafter referred to as "the Institute".
Art. 2. The Institute is a juridical entity on budget funding, according to Art. 60 of the Administration Law secondary dispensary of budgetary credits to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with seat and headquarters 2, Alexander Zhendov St., Sofia 1040.
Art. 3 (1) The Institute shall be financed from the state budget as well as revenues, resulting from its own activities.
(2) The Institute is the administrator of its own proceeds resulting from:
1. Grants from international programs and projects;
2. Funds from participation fees for courses, specialization and qualifications;
3. Funds from publishing activity;
4. Funds from consulting activities;
5. Grants and sponsorships;
6. Other sources.
Art. 4. The Institute shall conduct its activity independently or jointly with state organs and institutions, physical and juridical persons in the country and abroad.
FUNCTIONS AND GOVERNANCE
Art. 5. The Diplomatic Institute has the following main functions:
1. To organize and carry out various kinds of training for improving the professional qualification of Foreign Ministry employees;
2. To organize and carry out various kinds of training for furthering the diplomatic qualification of state administration officials, whose work is directly related to performing diplomatic service tasks and carrying out of the Bulgarian foreign policy;
3. To organize and conduct foreign language training courses for Foreign Ministry employees, independently or with the aid of language schools in Bulgaria and abroad;
4. To prepare, provide and carry out courses in diplomatic instruction for employees of foreign diplomatic missions and state administrations, according to the ruling and conditions provisioned by the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria;
5. To establish and keep up a network of international cooperation and partnerships with leading European and world diplomatic schools and institutes, international organizations, universities, research and information centers and non-government organizations, working in the sphere of international relations;
6. To set up and maintain a network of cooperation and partnerships with Bulgarian government and non- government organizations and academic institutions, working in the area of foreign policy;
7. To organize and implement research programs and projects in conformity with the best and already approved practices of the prestigious world schools, independently or jointly with Bulgarian and foreign partners, submitting the results of their research activity to the state governing body (President, Ministers, Parliament, etc.);
8. To develop multilateral public activities, publishing, library and information activities, to maintain an Internet Website in Bulgarian and English, and if necessary, in other foreign languages.
Art. 6. (1) The Institute shall be headed and represented by a Director.
(2) The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affair.
Art. 7. (1) The Director shall have the following responsibilities:
1. To represent the Institute before Bulgarian and foreign state organs, administrative bodies, local authorities, and juridical and physical persons;
2. To be in charge of and responsible for the overall activity of the Institute in conformity with the norms of the Republic of Bulgaria and the current internal regulations;
3. To organize, elaborate and carry out the programs for training and raising the professional level of qualification;
4. To prepare the draft for the Institute’s budget and present it to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for approval;
5. To prepare a proposal for the annual plan of the Institute’s activity to the Minister of Foreign Affairs;
6. To present before the Minister of Foreign Affairs an annual report on the activity and status of the Institute;
7. To conclude contracts and agreements related to the activity of the Institute;
8. To announce and carry out competitions and public orders;
9. To approve the job positions and accreditation of the employees;
10. To appoint and discharge the civil servants at the Institute;
11. To conclude, amend, and terminate the contracts of the persons working at the Institute on labor contracts;
12. To commission the Institute employees on business trips in the country or abroad by order;
13. To approve the sample of the Institute seal;
14. To approve the annual training programs;
15. To approve the research program of the Institute;
16. To approve the public activities of the Institute;
17. To approve the Institute’s information policy;
18. To approve the lecturers at the Institute for the current academic year;
19. To issue certificates for completed course of study according to pre-approved sample;
20. To be in charge of the activity of the Consultative Council to the Diplomatic Institute;
21. To coordinate the relations with the members of the Honorary International Consultative Council;
22. To perform other functions enforced upon him by normative acts or by the Foreign Minister.
(2) In carrying out his activity the Director shall issue orders, instructions and rules, relating to the activity of the Institute.
(3) In the absence of the Director, an employee appointed by the Director in writing shall substitute him.
Art. 8. (1) In performing his functions the Director shall be assisted by the National Consultative Council to the Diplomatic Institute;
(2) The members of the National Consultative Council shall be appointed by the Foreign Minister upon suggestion of the Director and for a term specified by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
(3) The appointed members of the National Consultative Council shall be senior diplomats, former ambassadors, university degree holders, lecturers from academic circles and leading experts and public figures.
(4) By rights, the members of the Institute Council are: a Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Director of Human Resources Directorate, and the Director of the Institute.
(5) The Consultative Council shall give its advisory opinion on the training program and the rest of the activities of the Institute with the aim of improving the work of the Diplomatic Institute.
(6) The sessions of the Consultative Council shall be called and chaired by the Director of the Institute.
Art. 9 (1) An Honorary International Consultative Council shall support the Institute.
(2) The members of the International Consultative Council can be former and current foreign ministers and ambassadors, politicians, eminent public figures, directors of partnership diplomatic schools, professors and renown lecturers.
(3) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, jointly with the Director of the Institute shall determine the body of the Honorary International Consultative Council.
(4) The body of the Honorary International Consultative Council with its authority, experience, contacts and recommendations shall support the overall activity, reputation and development of the Institute.
TRAINING PROGRAMS AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION
Art.10. (1) Each academic year the Director of the Institute shall present the annual plan for training and improving the professional skills of the Foreign Ministry personnel for approval to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
(2) The plan shall define the type and mode of training and qualification, the number of students, the curriculum, the syllabus and so on.
(3) The propositions for training and qualification at the Institute shall be made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the respective Deputy-ministers in charge of particular departments, Heads of Directorates as well as the certifying commission to the Ministry.
Art. 11. (1) The participants in the training programs at the Institute shall be:
- Employees in the diplomatic administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Consular service staff to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- Administrative and technical staff working at the Foreign Ministry and in the Bulgarian missions and embassies abroad;
- The family members of diplomats with long-term assignments in missions abroad;
- Civil servants of the state administration, other ministries, services, agencies, and district government;
- Foreign diplomats and foreign state administration officials;
- Other persons, determined or approved of by the Foreign Minister.
Art. 12. (1) The Director of the Institute shall approve the lecturers to the Institute.
(2) The lecturers of the Institute can be current and former senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, senior employees from the state administration, representatives of the university and academic institutions Non-government organizations, researchers, experts, international-journalists, managers of leading economic organizations, etc.
(3) Upon the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or that of the Director of the Institute, representatives of eminent diplomatic schools from the partnership network of the Institute, representatives of the foreign missions accredited in Sofia, foreign experts and public figures can also lecture at the Diplomatic Institute.
Art. 13. The Institute shall organize and conduct:
1. A basic diplomatic course for junior employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to obtaining their first diplomatic rank;
2. A specialized diplomatic course for mid-career diplomats prior to obtaining their first senior diplomatic rank;
3. A specialized course for consular employees;
4. A course for the technical staff working in the Bulgarian embassies abroad and at the Foreign Ministry;
5. A course for spouses of diplomats with long-term assignments abroad;
6. Thematically profiled courses for employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about to be posted on missions abroad;
7. Permanent qualification courses for employees returning from mandate abroad, for different ranks, etc.
8. Courses for diplomatic instruction and qualification of state administration staff;
9. Courses for foreign diplomats and foreign civil servants;
10. Courses for learning and mastering of foreign languages for Foreign Ministry employees, and for the staff of other state institutions;
11. Courses in Bulgarian language and culture for foreign diplomats accredited at the missions in Sofia and for foreign diplomats along the lines of bilateral cooperation;
12. Courses, seminars, conferences, round tables, refresher course modules and other functions, relevant to foreign policy tasks and diplomatic service;
Art. 14. (1) The Institute shall elaborate academic standards and plans, requirements for participation in the courses; teaching aids for the students’ preparation; criteria for exam results assessment for all training courses and forms of instruction at the Diplomatic Institute.
(2)The Institute shall issue certificates to the graduates of all its different courses and forms of training therein.
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS TO THE INSTITUTE
Art. 15. (1) The Institute shall be organized into departments and general administration.
(2) The Director of the Institute shall approve the structure of the administrative units therein.
Art. 16. The functions of the administrative units shall be defined according to their functional characteristics, approved by the Director of the Institute.
Art. 17. The employees of the Institute shall perform their tasks according to their respective job descriptions.
Art. 18. (1) The incoming and outgoing documents in the Institute shall be distributed and put into safekeeping according to their classification approved by the Director.
(2) When classifying documents a verification shall be made certifying the availability of all materials mentioned therein, and an official transcript shall be registered, which is to be distributed and put into safekeeping according to its addressee or its content.
&1. The Internal Regulations are adopted on the grounds of Art. 60, Para. 2 of the Administrative Law and on the basis of Art. 1, Para 2, by Decree of the Council of Ministers № 209 of 23.09.2003 for establishing and closing down of administrative structures to the Minster of Foreign Affairs.
&2. The current Internal Regulations countermand the Internal Regulations of October 31st 2003.
&3. The Internal Regulations shall become operative as of the date of their approval by the Minster of Foreign Affairs.
President of the Republic of Turkey, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey (2003- 2007)
President of the Republic of Albania (2002 - 2007)
Prof. Dr. Alfred van Staden
Director of the Netherlands’ Institute for International Relations "Clingendael" (1995-2005)
Deputy in the Chamber of Representatives to the British Parliament, Minister on the European Issues of United Kingdom (2002-2005)
Prof. Dusan Sidjanski
Honorary President of European Cultural Center – Geneva, Special Advisor of the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso
Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation (1998-2004)
United States Secretary of State (2001-2005)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (2005- 2008)
Foreign Affairs Minister of Federal Republic of Germany (1974-1982)
Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission of Defense in the Parliament of Norway, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Norway (2001-2005)
President of Maison de l’Europe – Paris, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1989–1994); Vice-president of the European Parliament (2001– 2004)
President of the Republic of Finland (1994-2000)
Honorable Chairman of the Chinese-European International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai
Ambassador Ivan Stancioff
President of the National Advisory Board
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Acting Director of "Human Resources"
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdravko Popov
Faculty of Philosophy; Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"; Director of the Diplomatic Institute (2003-2006)
Prof. Milan Milanov
South West University "Neofit Rilski"; Director of the Diplomatic Institute (2006-2010)
Prof. Dr. Dinko Dinkov
Faculty of International Relations; University of National and World Economy – Sofia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Krasteva
Head of Political Sciences Department; New Bulgarian University – Sofia
Centre for Liberal Strategies
Prof. Antony Todorov
New Bulgarian University
Prof. Ingrid Shikova
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Energy Management Institute
Economic Policy Institute
Tanya Mihaylova is Director of the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1 February, 2012.
She has been working at the Diplomatic Institute sinceљ 2005 and in series she has been Head of Research program, Head of the "Public affairs and cooperation" Department, and for the last two years Actingљ Director. Ms Mihaylova acts as the Bulgarian representative in the Steering committee at the European Security and Defence College (Brussels) and in the Board of Directors at the EU Institute for Security Studies (Paris). Her diplomatic rank is Counsellor.
Ms Mihaylova is Master in Law and during the years she has been a lawyer and a legal expert at the "European Integration" Department at the National Assembly. During the negotiations for the Bulgarian membership in the EU she has given legal statements regarding the compatibility of various acts with the EU law with field negotiation chapters – "Regional Policy", "Energy", "Environment", "Administrative Capacity".
From 2002 to 2005 Ms Mihaylova was a Parliamentary Secretary at the MFA, responsible for the relations between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly, parliamentary groups, permanent committees at the National Assembly. Ms Mihaylova also managed the Minister’s participation at the parliamentary control.
Ms Mihaylova has additional qualifications at the College of Europe-Bruges;NATO’s Training Center; the Netherland Institute for International Relations "Clingendael"; U.S. State Department – on topics related to EU law, NATO’s role and structure, Diplomacy in a Globalised World, and International Relations training.
She is member of the editorial board of the Bulgarian bilingual Diplomacy Journal. She has multidisciplinary professional interests. For the last few years Ms Mihaylova has been taking regularly part in the conferences of DG "Education and Culture" of the EC and "Jean Monnet" program, etc.
Languages: English, Italian, working knowledge of French.
Master of Cultural Sciences, at SU. "St. Kliment Ohridski". Master ‘s Degree in International Relations, UNWE
Has worked at the MFA since 1997, successively in the Directorates of Information, Coordination and Planning, and European Integration. Visiting lecturer on the issues of European Integration at the New Bulgarian University and Sofia University. Has Specialization in Public Relations in the USA and in European policies and integration in the Netherlands.
From 2004 has worked as Program coordinator at the Diplomatic Institute. From April 2005 is Chief of Dept. "Public Activities and Cooperation". From October 1st 2005 – chief of Training Programs Department.
Languages: French and English.
Master of Arts in Russian Philology from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
She has worked as translator and governmental interpreter in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation. She was expert in the Information Directorate and in the Chancellery and Archives Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.
From August 2007 is working in the Training Programs Department of the Institute, responsible for the foreign language training.
Education: MA in International Relations from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (1989); PhD in History from Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (2000).
Professional experience: Researcher with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, Malta (2001); Knowledge Management Coordinator and lecturer with DiploFoundation – an international diplomatic training and research organisation, Malta (2001-2007); Visiting professor with the South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (2010-2012); Chief Expert with the Strategic Policy Research Department at the Diplomatic Institute (2007-2010); From 2012 onward is Chief Expert with the Training Programmes and Projects Department at the Institute.
Expertise and research interests: EU Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Russian Foreign Policy, Eurasian Affairs, the Black Sea Region Geopolitics.
Languages: English and Russian.
2007 – 2009: Associate at the Diplomatic Institute. Participated in the organization of different courses;
2009 – 2010: Junior expert at the Institute. Responsible for the educational and training modules in the specialized courses;
2010 – 2015: Senior expert at the "Training programs and projects" department. Responsible for the training courses and seminars for foreign diplomats, organized by the Diplomatic Institute.
Education and additional qualifications:
2007: Master’s degree in "Diplomacy and International relations", NBU;
2007: Completed the "Defence diplomacy" course, BDI;
2008 – 2011: Organizer and participant in four editions of the international seminar "Winter school of diplomacy for junior diplomats from the Balkans and the Black Sea Region";
2010: Completed the "Energy diplomacy" course, BDI;
2009 – 2010: Completed the 10th Edition of the "European Diplomatic Program", joint project of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union;
2010: Completed the "Common Security and Defence Policy Orientation Course", European Security and Defence College, Brussels;
2011: Participated in the "International Visitor Leadership Program", project of the US Department of State, Washington DC, USA.
Languages: English and Russian, working knowledge in German.
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the New Bulgarian University.
Since 2007, as assistant in the "Training Programs" Department of the Diplomatic Institute, she participated in organizing various trainings. Responsible for the project activities of the Institute.
Master’s degree in International Political Relations and Security Studies from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Environmental Protection from the University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski", Sofia.
Since September 2011 is working in the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English, working knowledge of Russian.
Master of Balkan Studies in the Faculty of Slavic Languages, at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
From 2012 works as an associate in the "Training Programs and Projects" Department, at the Diplomatic Institute. She is participating in the organization of different projects and courses.
Languages: English; working knowledge of Romanian and Albanian.
Has earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations at New Bulgarian University and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Diplomacy and International Relations at the same university.
In 2011 has taken part in an international exchange program in Moscow, Russia.
Since September 2013 is working as an associate in "Training, Research and Project Activities" Department at the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Currently is finishing Bachelor`s degree in International relations at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
Member of the Board of Students Diplomatic Club to Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2014/2015).
Since February 2015 has been working as an associate with the "Training, Research and Project Activities" Department at the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English, working knowledge of Russian.
Has a bachelor’s degree in International relations from New Bulgarian University. Currently studying Diplomacy and International Relations at the same university.
In September 2013 was an intern at the Training Programmes and Projects Department of the DI, and then had another internship at the Public Affairs and Cooperation Department from January to March 2014.
As of February 2015 works as an associate in the Training, Research and Project Activities Department at the Diplomatic Institute.
Fluent in English, working knowledge of Spanish.
Master’s degree in International Relations from “Webster University” Vienna. Interested in protracted social conflicts as well as the economic consequences from them.During 2013-2014 was an inter at the Permanent representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United nations Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations in Vienna. Participated in the 58th IAEA General Conference and attended on UNODC closed meetings. Reported on various OSCE sessions with major focus on the politico-military dimension of the Organization. Bachelor’s degree in Economics from “New Bulgarian University” with accent on corporate finance.
Member of AFCEA.
From 2015 is Associate at the Department of “Training, Research and Project Activities” at the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English, German, working knowledge of Russian.
A graduate of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, MA in English philology.
Has teaching practice with the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University, as well as experience as translator in various fields and manager at a training centre.
As of May 2012 works at the Diplomatic Institute mainly coordinating the Internship programme, the Open Doors programme, various publishing projects and the Institute’s public relations.
Has additional training in the field of public diplomacy, development cooperation policy, European integration, public administration and EU institutions.
Fluent in English, working knowledge of French and Spanish.
Master’s degree in physics from Sofia University " "St. Kliment Ohridski".
Worked as physicist at the BAS, Head of "Creative Center" to BNT and Manager in other television and telecommunication companies.
Founding-Member of the Euro-Atlantic Civil Foundation.
Specialist in the fields of data saving and processing of information in computer networks.
Since 2004 he has worked at the Diplomatic Institute. He is in charge of the setting up, support and maintenance of the computer network of the Institute.
Languages: French, Russian and English.
Graduated in International Relations in South-West University Neofit Rislki.
Since November 2007 is working in the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English and Persian
Master’s degree of Public Administration from the Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and Bachelor’s degree of Library Science and Bibliography from the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies. Has worked in the private sector.
As of June 2013 works as an associate at the "Public Affairs and Cooperation" of the Diplomatic Institute, assisting the library information and project activities of the Institute, as well as activities related to public events.
Graduated in Administration and management in New Bulgarian University. Has taken specialized courses in international relations and security.
Has worked in the private sector. Involved in the team responsible for the implementation and integration of Legal-Reference Systems in the state administration.
Since September 2013 is working in the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English, working knowledge of Russian.
Graduate in "Communications" with a first Master’s degree from the university "Sorbonne Nouvelle", Paris, France, currently finishing post-graduate studies in "Interational Communications" with a double diploma from New Bulgarian University, Sofia and Hanze University, Groningen, Holland.
Has worked for PR agencies amd NGOs in Paris and Berlin. Since 2012 Alena Lakova has become the founder and director of the NGO "Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Integration" and is working on projects together with the Council of Europe and other international organizations.
From January 2013 on, she is working in the Diplomatic Institute.
Fluent in English and French.
Has earned a master’s degree in French philology at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
Specialized in Press and radio Journalism in Paris, France and Wiesbaden, Germany. Has worked at the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio, at the Bulgarian office of "Free Europe", BBC and a number of newspapers, including "Democracy", "Dnevnik", "Pari", "Politika".
Languages: French, working knowledge of English and Russian.
Is currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program in International Relations at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Has taken part in non-governmental forums on International Security and Human Rights and has collaborated in a youth online media.
As of February 2015 is an associate at the Diplomatic Institute and participates in the organization and implementation of public events, partnerships and the publishing activities of the Institute.
Fluent in English and Spanish.
Completed secondary education in Budapest, Hungary. Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations, currently studying Master at the Varna Free University. Studied "History and Civilization of France" at the Sorbonne- Paris (2009/2012).
He worked as an assistant to the project manager of Association "Mission Bulgaria" in Paris (2010/2012). He also has participated in the realization of the project "Youth Exchanges". Within the association he was a part of the publishing team of Franco-Bulgarian online journal - "Bulgaria".
Languages: English and French.
She graduated from the "D. A. Tsenov" Academy of Economics, Svishtov, Master degree in Economy. In 2000 obtained professional qualification in Health Menagement from the Institute for Postgraduate Studies, University of National and World Economy, Sofia.
She has been working as an accountant, registrar of bankruptcies and health management specialist.
From 2010 she is responsible of the administrative and financial activities of the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: Russian and English
Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. Currently Master’s degree in Economics of Human Resources with Specialization "Human Resource Management" at the same university.
Since August 2014 has been working at the Diplomatic Institute.
Languages: English, working knowledge of Spanish.
In line with leading European diplomatic schools and its primary mission, the Diplomatic Institute organizes a basic intensive course in diplomacy. Along with the individual professional development the course is also aimed at providing succession and continuity in Bulgarian diplomatic service.
The participants are junior MFA employees from the specialized directorates who use English at proficiency level and have Majors in the Humanities. They must be recommended by their Directors. Other juniors from partner ministries and state institutions whose work is closely related to Bulgaria’s foreign policy priorities and the latest developments in the area of international relations. The aim of this course in international relations and diplomacy is to:
а/ enhance the understanding about foreign relations and policy tendencies and their influence on Bulgarian foreign policy through:
The basic modules in the course include a broad range of themes:
b/ enhance and develop personal and professional skills to assist the participants in their work through:
The participants’ professional skills are developed through adapted interactive training modules among which are:
The overall duration of the course in 12 weeks with average horarium of 300 hours. The course is organized annually with full time attendance. Since 2006 the duration of the course is four months.
Lecturers are senior MFA diplomats, senior employees from other state institutions, representatives of the academic diaspora, NGOs, researchers, experts, as well as representatives of leading diplomatic schools from the international partners’s network of the institute, foreign diplomats, experts and public figures.
During the course each participant is assessed by the Diplomatic Institute on the basis of the following components:
The course concludes with a test before the members of the commission, which is appointed by the Foreign Affairs Minister.
The test includes the following two elements:
The end mark is formed on the basis of the abovementioned elements.
Квалификационният курс за дипломати от "средната кариера" е заложен в концепцията за обучителната дейност на Дипломатическия институт. През учебната 2010 – 2011 г. той е част от програмната схема на института.
Курсът се организира за първи път и ще обхване І-ви и ІІ-ри секретари от МВнР предложени за участие от Дирекция "Човешки ресурси" след съгласуване с Директорите на Дирекции.
Програмата има теоретико-приложен характер и е структурирана в кратки обучителни модули, от 1 до 3 дни, през есента и пролетта, на английски, френски или немски език, с откъсване от работа.
Като лектори са поканени преподаватели от водещи европейски дипломатически школи, старши дипломати от България и чужбина, експерти , изследователи.
Целта на курса е да се разшири обхвата на знания, да се провокира интерес към по-малко познати, нови области и теми, да се актуализират умения за трансформиране на знания в иновации, да се усъвършенстват способности за постигане на по-високо качество, по-голяма продуктивност и по-добра професионална реализация.
The Diplomatic Institute and the Consular Directorate of the MFA organize a training module in Consular Diplomacy. The module is permanent in the training-qualification policy of the Institute and is conducted twice a year – in spring and autumn.
The course is targeted towards employees of the state administration whose work is related to consular problems. During their training course the participants are acquainted with the basic international and national legal documents – the Vienna Conventions for diplomatic and consular relations, the Schengen legislation, the Law for sojourn of foreign nationals in Bulgaria, as well as the overall visa practice, the problems of refugees and migration, legalization of documents, illegal trafficking, etc. The course also offers practical experience in the visa center to the MFA.
Lecturers in this course are experts from the "Consular Relations" Directorate to the MFA, representatives of different services of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the State Agency for the Bulgarians Living Abroad, senior diplomats – consular experts from the embassies of EU member states and NATO, etc.
The program is prepared jointly with the cooperation of the Military Academy and the Ministry of Defense. Lectures are delivered at the Institutes’ premises at 85-87 Dondukov Blvd. The course is of one-month duration and full time attendance. Its participants are representatives of the middle level military administration and civilians, whose work is related to military diplomacy issues – from the MFA, the Ministry of Defence, the General Staff, Defence Information Service, the Defence College, the Presidency. They come from administration of the Ministry of Defense and the diplomatic service.
On the basis of its experience, the Institute strives to achieve the statute of an official certifying institution in defence attache mandate training. Many national and foreign organizations – partners of both the Institution and the Defence Academy have declared their interest in attending the course, hence the forthcoming opening of the program in English.
The classes are practice-oriented and provide room for discussions, cause solutions, analysis of situations and simulations.
The lecturers in the course are chosen among Bulgarian career diplomats, from the Defence College staff and other Bulgarian academic institutions. The Diplomatic Institute also invites lecturers from its International Partners’ Network – the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingedael’, the European Security Research Center George Marshal – Germany and the Geneva Center of Security Issues in Switzerland. Many prominent Bulgarian politicians and diplomats from NATO member-states embassies in Sofia participate in the course as lecturers.
The course concludes with presentation of papers on situation analysis and expert reports developed by the participants in teams on issues concerning defence diplomacy.
Each academic year the Diplomatic Institute offers the MFA employees foreign language courses for beginners and advanced learners in French, German, Spanish, English, Italian, Russian and Arabic languages. The academic is from September to June. The language training is carried out in cooperation with:
All course participants sign agreements with the Institute to attend the course regularly and apply for tests in the respective language level.
The Institute has the task to carry out specialized diplomatic training for members of the state administration, involved in the conducting of the Bulgarian foreign policy. In implementation of this program for training and qualification the Institute, carries out courses for representatives of all ministries for increasing their foreign policy and diplomatic competency.
The basic modules of the course are:
In 2005 the Diplomatic Institute expanded its program and initiated foreign diplomats training modules. These training courses are coordinated both with the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Ministries of the respective countries which suggest the respective areas and topics of training.
So far the Institute has organized
Georgia - Pioneering participants in this program were 13 representatives from the state administration in Georgia – junior employees from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Integration, Economy, Energy, Justice, Education, Agriculture, Health, as well as MPs. The participants had the opportunity to meet colleagues from respective ministries in Bulgaria as well as from NGO and various institutions engaged with programs and issues with regard European integration and regional cooperation.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – two-weeks training course for 20 junior diplomats from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The realization of this course was a challenge with regard the management of mixed groups. The team of the Diplomatic Institute provided the necessary conditions and atmosphere to have the young diplomats from both Transcaucasia countries meet and know each other.
Kosovo - the Diplomatic Institute together with the OSCE mission in Pristine developed and organized a training program for 15 government employees from the Office of the Prime Minister in Kosovo. The lectures about the Kosovo status and the role of international community in this region provoked a lot of attention.
"Winter School of diplomacy" – for young diplomats from SEE and the Black Sea Region – Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia, Turkey and Moldova. The project is realized with the financial support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the CEI.
Kosovo - Expert meetings for three representatives from the Administration of the Prime-Minister of Kosovo.
Afghanistan - Qualification course in diplomacy for 10 junior employees from the MFA of the Islam Republic. This course is realized with the assistance of the NATO and International Security Directorate of the MFA. The lecturers were delivered by senior diplomats, leading experts from the academic diaspora and NGOs on issues related to Bulgarian foreign policy; the role of international organizations in the system of international relations; the aims and functions of the UN; the new challenges before the global security etc.
Since 2006 the Diplomatic Institute, jointly with Hanns Seidel Foundation, has been organizing a Winter School of Diplomacy, in which young diplomats from the Balkans and the Black Sea region participate - Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, the Ukraine, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Russia.
The institutionalization of the Winter School of Diplomacy as an annual forum for dialogue between young diplomats from two regions considered of strategic importance by the European Union is an essential aspect of the training policy of the Diplomatic Institute in the area of regional cooperation
Some of the permanent highlights amongst the topics discussed during the Winter School are regional security and the EU policy towards the countries in the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region.
Duration: 1 week
Квалификационният курс по дипломация за младши служители на Министерството на външните работи на Ислямска Република Афганистан стартира през 2006 година и в него всяка година участват по 10 млади афганистански дипломати. През 2009 година курсът се провежда за четвърти пореден път. Той, както и в миналите години, се реализира в сътрудничество с дирекция "Политика за сигурност", а средствата са осигурени по линия на НАТО като част от финансовата помощ, която страната ни осигурява на Афганистан. Участниците слушат лекции на старши дипломати от МВнР, водещи експерти от академичните среди и неправителствените организации по теми, свързани с приоритетите на българската външна политика; ролята на международните организации в системата на международните отношения; новите предизвикателства пред глобалната сигурност и др.
Продължителност: 2 седмици
The Diplomatic Institute strives for instilling interest in international relations and diplomacy in Bulgarian and foreign students. The Internship programme was introduced immediately after the Institute was established and aims to facilitate participants in gaining specific practical skills and experience in a work environment. During the internship participants have an opportunity to gain hand-on experience of working at the Diplomatic Institute and are aided in their choice of a professional occupation.
The internship programme of the Diplomatic Institute is open to students who have completed at least their second year of university studies in any of the following academic disciplines: International Relations, International Law, Political Science, European Studies, International Economic Relations and other humanitarian disciplines.
Further requirements: fluency in at least one European language and excellent literacy in Bulgarian.
HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY
The above documents should be sent to BDI email: email@example.com, within the month preceding the internship period preferred by the student.
Upon approval the candidate is to be notified and the specific period of internship is confirmed. The candidate is to be notified in case of disapproval, as well.
The student shall provide their personal data for the issuing of an entry permit.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The period of internship encompasses up to one month within a calendar year and, when possible, the Diplomatic Institute takes into consideration the candidate’s preference for a start and end date.
The student’s activities include:
Upon completion of the internship the student is presented with a Reference specifying the internship period, as well as his or her activities.
For further information: 948 21 47, Silvana Tsokova – Internship programme coordinator.
Public lecture of Prof. Vladimir Gradev – Bulgarian Ambassador to the Holy See and the Maltese Knights from 2001 to 2006, within the Intensive Course on Diplomacy.
Public lecture of Dr. Abdulaziz Sager – chairman and founder of the Gulf Research Center.
Public lecture of Carlos Edde – President of the Lebanese Party "National Bloc"
Public lecture of Prof. Dejan Jovic – Chief Analyst and Special Coordinator at the President’s Office of the Republic of Croatia.
Public lecture of Mr. Mladen Andrlic – Director of Croatia Diplomatic Academy.
Public lecture of Ali Ahmeti – political leader of the Democratic Union for Integration of the Republic of Macedonia.
Public lecture of Shahla Abavi – member of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission in Afghanistan, former Director of the General Directorate for Anti-Corruption in Afghanistan, former Director of the House Wives Institute and House Wives Corporation.
Public lecture of Dr. Riyadh Al-Maliki – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Information of the Palestinian Authority.
Public lecture of H. E. Mr. Dian Triansha Gianni – General Director of “America and Europe" Directorate at the MFA of the Republic of Indonesia
Public lecture of Nikola Poposki – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia
Public lecture of Frans Timmermans - Dutch politician, organized by the The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the German Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires.
Public lecture of Zeynep Dareli - leading presenter in the weekly television show “Leaders and Solutions" which is broadcasted on the Turkish national information channel NTV.
Public lecture of Dominique Cardon - sociologist at the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the School of Social Sciences (EHESS) in France
Public lecture of Dr. Maria Sultan - Director-General of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI).
Public lecture of Francois Bafoil, - Director of Scientific Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Public lecture of Prof. Zarko Korac - president of the Serbian Social Democratic Union (SDU).
Public lecture of Dr. Enver Hasani - Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo. The lecture is organized by the National Institute of Justice and the Diplomatic Institute.
Public lecture of Balint Odor - Deputy State Secretary for European Union Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Hungary.
Public lecture of Catherine Lalumiere - President of “La Maison de l'Europe de Paris", member of the International Consultative Council of the Diplomatic Institute and Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1989-1994).
Expert meeting with Dr. Ali Binyaz - Chairman of the Group for Energetics and International Economics Studies at the Bureau for Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
Expert meeting with Nancy Bartley - visiting professor at the Journalism and Mass Communications Department at the American University in Bulgaria.
Public lecture with Mr Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic - European integration Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and Chief Negotiator in the negotiations for the EU accession of Montenegro.
Public lecture of H.E. Mrs Guru Katharina Vikor - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Bulgaria.
public lecture of Mr. Aleks Aleksiev - Research fellow in the Hudson Institute in Washington, an expert on international security and radical Islam
public lecture of H. E. Mr Saleh Mohammed al-Ghamdi - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bulgaria and Greece
public lecture of Mr Ban Ki-Moon - Secretary-General of the UN
public lecture of Prof. Dr. Joseph Mifsud - President of the Euro-Mediterranean University, Portoroz, Slovenia
public lecture of Mr Enver Hoxhaj - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo
public lecture of Mr John Ashton - Special representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain
public lecture of Dr. Eddy Maloka - Special adviser of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa
public lecture of Dr. Elena Nemirovskaya - Founder and Director of the Moscow School of Political Studies
public lecture of Dr. Horst Mahr - Chairman of the Board of Foreign Affairs Association in Munich
public lecture of Tierry de Montbrial - Founder and President of the French Institute for International Relations - IFRI
public lecture of Mrs. Karine Kazinyan - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia
public lecture of H.E. Jorge Fuentes - Ambassador of Spain in Bulgaria
public lecture of H.E. Mrs. Sheila Kamerar - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to Bulgaria
public lecture of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
public lecture of Mr. Stephen Lopez - Representative of the General Secretary of the International Organization of la Francophonie
public lecture of Mr. Petko Draganov - Deputy Secretary General of UNCTAD
public lecture of Prof. Geir Lundestad - Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute
public lecture of Mr. Craig Kennedy - President of the German Marshall Fund
public lecture of Mr. Nickolay Mladenov - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
public lecture of Dr. Riyadh Al-Maliki - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Information of the Palestinian Authority
public lecture of H.E. Etienne de Poncins - Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bulgaria
public lecture of Mr. Abdelati Habek and Mr. Jean-Christophe Bertrand - Director General and the Chief Editor of the Moroccan magazine “Diplomatica"
public lecture of Mr. Micheal Martin - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland
public lecture of Mr. Kong Xianjin - 75th-generation descendant of Confucius
public lecture of H.E. Mr Jan Petersen - Ambassador of Norway in Austria and member of the International Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Institute
public lecture of H.E. Mr. Nikolay Mladenov - Minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria
public lecture of Mr. Jose-Maria Lopez-Navarro - from NATO’s Public Diplomacy Department
public lecture of Mr. Willem Van Eekelen - former Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Secretary General of the WEU
public lecture of Mr. Jean Francois Bureau - NATO Assistant Secretary General in Public Diplomacy
public lecture of Mr. Daniel Mariaschin - Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International
public lecture of Leszek Balcerowicz - Former Vice Prime Minister of Poland
public lecture of Dr. Mahdzhub Elbasha - Director of National Centre for Sudanese diplomacy
public lecture of Mr. Dominique Raynaud - Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
public lecture of Vlora Chitaku - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo
public lecture of Mustafa Barghouti - General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative
public lecture of Ambassador Richard Morningstar - Special Representative of U.S. State Department on energy issues in the region of Eurasia
public lecture of Dr. Bulat Sultanov - Director of Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
public lecture of Prof. David Gosset - Director of Academia Sinica Europaea -Shanghai, and founder of the Euro-China Forum
public lecture of Mr. Armen Baiburdyan - Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia
public lecture of Mr. Jean-Paul Jacque - Professor at the College of Europe
public lecture of Prof. Svetozar Stojanovic - President of the Serbian-American Centre in Belgrade and member of the Foreign Policy Council to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
public lecture by Mrs. Wafaa Bassim - Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
public lecture of Prof. Dr. Armando Marques Guedes - President of the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
public lecture of Dr. Milivoe Baletic - Director of the “Gavro Vukovic" Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro
public lecture of Mr. Daniel Keohane - Researcher in the EU Institute for the study of security - Paris
Sofia, 9 April 2008
public lecture of Dr. Jovan Kurbalija - Director of DiploFoundation
Sofia, 14 April 2008
public lecture of Mr. Alain Lamassoure - Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
Sofia, 28 May 2008
public lecture of Mr. Pawel Samecki - Member of the Management Board, National Bank of Poland
public lecture by Mr. Takekazu Kawamura - Ambassador of Japan to the EU
public lecture of Mr. Yasar Yakis - Chairman of the European issues Commission of the Turkish Parliament
public lecture of Soon-Chun Lee - Chancellor of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
Sofia, 23 September 2008
public lecture of Mr. Ivailo Kalfin - Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria
public lecture of Rogelio Pfirter - Director-General's Lecture At the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
public lecture of Mr. Alexander Adler - historian, journalist and expert in modern geopolitics
public lecture of Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree - Expert - Office of Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand
public lecture of Mr. Jean-Louis Bourlanges - Former Member of the European Parliament and former vice-president of the Union for French Democracy
public lecture of Dr. Gunther Beckstein - Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Bavaria,Germany
public lecture of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah - Chairman of the Political Committee of the Legislative Council of Palestine
public lecture of Mr. Botir Hudaiberdiev - Director of the Institute for Strategic and Inter-regional Studies to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan
public lecture of Mr. Alan Dukes - General Director of the Institute of the European Affairs of Ireland
public lecture of Mr. Allaeddin Borudjerdi - Chairman of the Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran
public lecture of Mr. Kemal Dervis - UNDP Administrator
public lecture of Prof. Dusan Sidjanski - President of the European Cultural Center- Geneva, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Durao Barroso
public lecture of Mr. Labid Majeed Abbawi - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iraq
public lecture of Prof. Jaap de Zvaan - Director of Netherlands Institute of International Affairs Clingendael
public lecture of Mr. Srgjan Kerim - President of the United Nations General Assembly
public lectures of Mr. Evgeni Primakov - Former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
public lecture of Mr. Fabrizio Mastrofini - Editor-in-chief and media expert at Vatican Radio
public lecture of Dr. Maurice Manning - President of the Irish Human Rights Commission
public lecture of Dr. Alexander Panov - Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation
public lecture of Mr. Paavo Lipponen - Prime Minister of Finland (1995-2003) and Speaker of the Finnish Parliament (2003-2007)
public lecture of Prof. Alan Riley - City Law School, London
public lecture of Mr. Willy Claes - Minister of State of Belgium and Former NATO Secretary General
public lecture of Mr. Jean Lemierre - President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
public lecture of H. E. Mr. Jeremy Hill - British Ambassador to Bulgaria
public lecture of Prof. Dr. Eckart D. Stratenschulte - Director of the European Academy – Berlin
public lecture of Mr. Jean-Claude Trichet - President of the European Central Bank
public lecture of Prof. David Gosset - Director of Academia Sinica Europea – CEIBS, Shanghai
public lecture of Mr. Jean Fournet - NATO Assistant Secretary General
public lecture of Mr. John Sitilides - Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project
public lecture of Mr. Gilles Kepel - Research Director at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI), Paris
public lecture of Mrs. Emilia Muller - Minister of Federal and European Affairs of Bavaria
public lecture of Mr. Willy Claes - Minister of State of Belgium and Former NATO Secretary General
public lecture of Mrs. Maria de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury - Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico
public lecture of Mr. Ivan Ivanov - Executive Director of NPP "Kozloduy" Plc.
public lecture of Mr. Alfred Moisiu - President of the Republic of Albania
public lecture of Mr. Georgi Parvanov - President of the Republic of Bulgaria
public lecture of Dr. Gen. (ret.) Baruch Levy - Chairman of the Board of trustees, Galillee College, Israel
public lecture of Mr. Jacques Rupnik - Former Executive Director of the Internaional Balkans Committee in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
public lecture of Ambassador Nestor Edgardo Stancanelli - Director of the Centre of International Economy at the Argentitnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
public lecture of Mrs. Catherine Lalumiere - President of Maison de l’Europe de Paris
public lecture of Mr. Hashim Tachi - Chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosovo. Responsible for the International Contacts of KLA.
public lecture of Mr. Jean-Pierre Mazery - Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta and at the same time Minister of Foreighn Affairs and Minister of Interior
public lecture of Lord Alan Watson - of Richmond, CBE, Chairman of Burson Marsteller Europe and Chairman of CTN (Corporate Television Networks)
public lecture of The Right Honourable Dr Denis MacShane - MP, Former Minister for Europe, United Kingdom
public lecture of Mrs. Meglena Kuneva - Former Minister for European Affairs and Bulgarian European Commissioner
public lecture of Mr. Friedel Eggelmeyer - Counselor on security matters to the German Bundestag, at the Conference "The Justified War Today"
public lecture of H. E. Mrs. Henrieta van Lynden - Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bulgaria
public lecture of Ambassador Evgyenii Kutovoy - Professor at the Diplomatic Academy to the MFA of the Russian Federation
public lecture of Dr. Willem van Eekelen - Former Secretary General to the West European Council
public lecture of Mr. Frank van Kappen - Major-General Royal Netherlands Marine Corps
public lecture of Prof. Vladimir Nikolaevich Shishkin - University Office for International Students, in charge of all degree foreign students, MGIMO
public lecture of Mr. Bauke Snoep - President of EUROMIL
public lecture of Monsignor Justo Mullor Garcia - Presidente della Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica
public lecture of H. E. Mr. Haidar Al-Barak - Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Bulgaria
public lecture of H. E. Mrs. Kolinda Grabar–Kitarovic - Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia
public lecture of Mr. Simeon Saxe – Coburg Gotha - Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (2001-2005)
public lecture of Ambassador Stefan Tafrov - Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN, New York
public lecture of Mr. Jose–Maria Lopez Navarro - Information Officer in NATO HQ, Brussels, Public Diplomacy Division
public lecture of Dr. Ernst Valh - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lichtenstein (2001-2005)
public lecture of Mr. Milko Kovachev - Minister of Energy and Energy Resources of the Republic of Bulgaria (2002-2005)
public lecture of Prof. Tomas Volgi - Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Arizona, U.S.A.
public lecture of Dr. Willem van Eekelen - Former Secretary General to the WEU
public lecture of Prof. Ray Shiratori - President of the Institute for Political Studies in Tokyo, Japan
public lecture of Dr. Alfred van Staden - Director of the Netherlands Institute for International Relations "Clingendael" (1995-2005)
On 28 and 29 November 2012 Bologna, Italy was home to the Tenth Euro-Chinese Forum in which the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute has participated ever since 2006. Patronized by Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Mario Monty, this year’s forum on “The Chinese Renaissance: challenges and possibilities for the globalized world" attracted more than 100 participants from six countries – China, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria and Finland. The event was traditionally organized by the Chinese-European Business University – Shanghai (CEIBS) and was officially hosted by the University of Bologna. Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy was guest of honour and active participant in the discussions. Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute and H.E. Ambassador Zdravko Popov, member of the National Consultative Board of the Institute were the Bulgarian representatives together with Kiril Jelyazkov, CEO of SBS Ltd. A series of important topics on EU – China relations were discussed during the workshops. Emphasis was placed on peace and security in 21st century; the relations with USA and Afric; the economy and the financial crisis, in particular agriculture as a focal point of Euro-Chinese cooperation; the role of culture, education and the media.
A seminar on the application of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for Protection of National Minorities took place between 30 November and 1 December 2012 in Bankya. The event was jointly organized by the National Council for Ethnic Cooperation secretariat, the Human Rights Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute. The seminar included lectures of human rights experts and lawyers regarding the challenges of the Framework Convention application.
A conference on The Balkans and European Integration was held at the Information Centre of the European Union in Sofia on 18 June 2012. The event was organised by The European Council on Foreign Relations, The Institute for Balkan Studies of The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, The Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and the Centre for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey with which the Diplomatic Institute signed a Memorandum for Cooperation in early 2012. The one-day seminar was part of the initiative From Balkan Wars to Balkan Peace Project. Conflicts in the region and perspectives for regional cooperation were discussed, as well as prospects and challenges for the EU enlargement policy in Southeast Europe. Among the Bulgarian lectors were Ms Vessela Tcherneva – Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Ms Antoinette Primatarova – member of the National Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Institute, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Kostov, Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences andthe Director of The Institute for Regional and International Studies Prof. Dr. Ognyan Minchev.
The third annual EU - Russia Forum organised by Carnegie Endowment branch for Europe and the Bureau of Policy Advisors of the European Commission was held on 21 May, 2012 in Brussels. During the forum the participants presented reports, concerning the situation in Russia after the presidential elections. Moreover there was a discussion on various scenarios for the future of Russia. The main topics of discussion were the security challenges and EU initiatives of the areas neighboring Russia. Main spokesmen of the event were from the Carnegie Moscow Centre, as well as representatives of the European External Action Service, the Bureau of Policy Advisors and NATO`s College. Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute was invited to participate in the forum.
A Symposium on “EU Border Management and Security of Travel Documents in the Danube Region" was held at the Central Military Club from 18 to 20 April 2012. It was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, the Federal Ministry of Interior of Germany, the Diplomatic Institute and the Consortium for Bulgarian Identity Documents. The symposium was part of the initiatives of priority area 11 “To work together to tackle security and organised crime", enshrined in the EU Strategy for Danube Region. Bulgaria and the Federal Republic of Germany shall coordinate the activities for this priority area. A trade exhibition of 15 companies dealing with security and identity documents and biometric data, attended by more than 130 delegates from all 14 countries of the Danube region and also from Switzerland, Poland, Holland and other countries was organised. Expert reports presented the latest developments in the EU regarding security of travel documents, the best practices in integrated border management, effectiveness of biometrics, integration of national systems in the European Union Visa Information System, small border traffic in the context of the European Neighborhood Policy. Professional discussions were held concerning developments in physical and chemical characteristics of documents security in IT-systems and card technologies.
An Ambassador Conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Institute took place from 26 to 28 March. The Conference was opened by Minister Nickolay Mladenov who outlined the main goals and priorities of the Bulgarian Foreign Policy. The Minister put an emphasis on: the role of foreign policy in overcoming the effects of the financial crisis by inviting foreign investors and by situating Bulgarian business on foreign markets; the integration of Western Balkans and the role of Bulgaria in the process of transformation and democratization in the countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa. The Minister of Defence Anu Anguelov, the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delyan Dobrev, Deputy Minister of Finance Boryana Pencheva also took part in the conference. They presented the priorities of their ministries and the expected results of the work of Bulgarian ambassadors and the missions abroad. The programme also included a special preliminary preparation for the newly appointed ambassadors of the Republic of Bulgaria. The preparation covered the following areas: the challenges of the Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe, the Arab awakening in the Middle East and Northern Africa, staff planning issues of Bulgarian embassies, managing of finances, budget and property management, information system and classified information, public diplomacy, consular service, crisis response, etc.
Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Diplomatic Institute, familiarized the ambassadors with the training programs and projects, as well as the public activities that the Institute organizes. Furthermore the Director introduced the good practices in which the work of the Institute is used as an instrument for enhancing the effectiveness of the work abroad.
The conference was closed with a speech by the President Rosen Plevneliev, who emphasized on the importance of the Foreign Service, which by means of dialogue and active diplomacy has to recommend Bulgaria as a state open to the world.
On occasion of the International Day of Francophony a Conference on “Francophony and Democracy" was held at “Iztok" Hall of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. The event was organized by the National Assembly in collaboration with the French-speaking Ambassadors in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Association of the Winners of the Order of the Academic Palms of Bulgaria, the representative of the Bulgarian President at the International Organization of Francophony and Bulgarian Ambassador in Paris Mr Marin Raykov. Speakers at the conference were the Ambassadors of France, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland and Morocco; Dr Zhelyo Zhelev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria (1990-1997); Mr Hugo Sada, delegate of OIF; Mr Dimitar Tsanchev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ms Anna Krasteva, Director of the Association of the Winners of the Order of the Academic Palms of Bulgaria; Prof Jean-Jack Segarra, Director of the Francophone Institute for Administration and Governance in Sofia; Ms Reni Yotova, Director of Regional Francophone Centre for Central and East Europe (CREFECO) and representative of the Ministry of Culture.
Bulgaria (Member of the OIF since 1993) has achieved democracy after a period of transition. During the first session of the conference the stages of this transition were outlined along with the future perspectives. For the second session the speakers shared the values, which consolidate the cultural variety of the Francophone world. The Diplomatic Institute participated with a presentation on “Multiculturalism and training of Diplomats". The presentation was delivered by Ms Adelina Tomova, Senior expert in the Training Programs and Projects Department on behalf of the Director of the Diplomatic Institute.
Responding to an invitation by the Institute for Diplomatic Research at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Tania Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute, took part in the Forum “The Gulf and the World" in Riyadh. The governments of the countries of the Arabic Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, the EU, Central and East Asia, Latin America, Africa, as well as Russian and American think-tanks, leading world energy companies, scientists and experts, etc., participated in the Forum. During the event Mrs. Mihaylova gave an interview to the National TV channel KSA2, broadcasted in English, in which the need to accelerate the process of mutual acquaintance between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia was pointed out.
An international conference on “Diplomacy, Peace and Justice" took place between 22 and 25 November in Hague, the Netherlands. The event was organized by the Institute for International Relations “Clingendael" and was intended for diplomats from Eastern and South-East Europe, Central Asia, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Tsvetomira Dimitrova, junior expert at Training Programmes and Projects Department. The programme included lectures on topics related to conflicts, peacekeeping, humanitarian crises, etc. A simulation game, a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as a visit to the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia were organized. At the end of the Conference the participants were presented with certificates.
A conference on “Strategies and Policies of Cooperation in the Black Sea Region" took place on 21 and 22 November in Varna. The Conference was organized by the “Konrad Adenauer" Foundation, Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar", and the Centre for European Research. The lecturers and participants were from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and France. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Yavor Ivanov, junior expert at Public Affairs and Cooperation Department. The programme of the Conference included topics such as: Current Programme of the EU regarding the Black Sea Region; Network of Non-governmental Organizations in the Black Sea Region; Town-twinning in the Black Sea Region; New Development Period of the EU: 2014 – 2020; Results and Perspectives in the frame of the project “Eastern Policies of the EU", etc.
A debate on the role of francophony took place on 15 November at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute under the auspices of the International Organization of Francophony (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, OIF). Ambassadors and diplomats from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, France, Czech Republic, as well as representatives of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria, the French Cultural Institute in Sofia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in various ideas and suggestions for discussions dedicated to the francophone solidarity in the process of European integration, the role of the French language, the universities’ francophone networks, the role of media in the formation of common cultural francophone space. Yani Bogoevski, head of the sector of European Union Negotiations at the European Union Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, was a special guest of the Diplomatic Institute invited to take part in the Conference. At the end of the event the winners in the Essay writing Contest in French on the topic “What is the connection between francophony and European Development Policy" were presented with certificates.
The 9th Euro-Chinese Forum dedicated to “The New Humanism in the Globalised World" took place at the building of UNESCO in Paris on 27 and 28 June 2011. Hans D’Orville, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Romano Prodi, former President of the EU Commission, participated in the inauguration of the event. A congratulation letter by Jacques Chirac, former president of France was read out, as well as a congratulation letter by Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, which ase read by Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute. Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, addressed the participants in the Forum via video connection. Mrs. Mihaylova presented a report on “Europe, China and Central Asia – the new Silk Road", together with Pierre Morelle, the EU Commission Special Representative for Central Asia and Georgia, and Laurent Fabius, former Prime Minister of France. Prof. Liu Tzi, former Vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Honorary President of the China-European International Business School and Honorary Member of the International Consultative Board of the Diplomatic Institute, also participated on behalf of the Institute.
The International Conference “Security for the Globalised World: the European Response", organized by the New Political Forum (Gorbachov Forum) and the Association for Foreign Policy - Munich, took place in Munich on 23 and 24 March 2011. 52 high-ranking and distinguished political and media representatives participated in the Conference. Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute, participated in the second panel and the third plenary session presenting a report on the relations between Europe and the rest of the world, with an emphasis on the Black Sea Region.
An International Conference dedicated to the consequences of the Treaty of Lisbon ratification and the anniversary of the assumption of office of the Barroso II Commission took place in Brussels on 9 and 10 February. The conference “The Application of the Treaty of Lisbon" was organized by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors of the President of the European Commission, the Legal Service of the European Commission and the Department of Education and Culture. The Conference opened with a speech by the President of the Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, which was followed by comments of commissioners, members of the European Parliament, experts in the legal system and representatives of academic circles. The main topic was the post-Lisbon architecture in the field of EU foreign policy, the internal institutional balance in the elaboration of the laws of the Union and the legal protection system of the EU according to the Treaty of Lisbon. Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute, participated in the Conference as Bulgarian representative.
A conference on “Eastern Partnership and the Strategy Europe 2020", organized by the European Commission – Department for Education and Culture and the “Jean Monnet" Programme, took place in Brussels on 8 and 9 December. Mrs. Androulla Vassiliu, Commissioner for Education and Culture, as well as representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and academic institutions from more than 40 countries took part in the conference. Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute, participated with a report in the session dedicated to education, tuition and youth.
A National Conference on “NATO Policy in the Field of Cyber Defense" took place on 9 and 10 December at the Central Military Club in Sofia. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute for European Initiatives, with the support of NATO, under the patronage of the Minister of Defense, and in cooperation with our partners from the Association of the Officers in Reserve “Atlantic", and the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria. The purpose of the Conference was to present the main alternatives and practices for facing the threats of cyber-terrorism. The conference was attended by approximately 100 participants – representatives of state institutions, NGOs, private companies, students and journalists.
By invitation of the Netherlands Institute for International Relations “Clingendael", Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Diplomatic Institute, and Svetlozar Kovachev, state expert at Public Affairs and Cooperation Department of the Institute, participated in a two-day conference on “Diplomacy in the Globalised World" in Hague. Twenty two diplomats from different countries, who have participated in the diplomatic training programmes of “Clingendael", took part in the conference. A training simulation game dedicated to the upcoming multinational conference in Cancun on the topic of global climate changes was organized within the event.
A forum on “Renewable Energy Sources: Political Framework and Business Opportunities in South-East Europe" took place in the period 10-12 November. It was organized by the Energy Observer magazine and the Association of the Producers of Eco Energy, in cooperation with the Diplomatic Institute. The participants in the forum – government experts, representatives of regulatory bodies and system operators, discussed sustainable development and energy security in the South-East European countries, the production of hydro energy and other current topics and opportunities for cooperation in the field of energy policy.
A round table on “The World Financial Crisis – Appearance and Conclusions took place at Grand Hotel Sofia on 5 November. The event was organized by the Diplomatic Institute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A special guest was Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz who emphasized that the way in which Bulgaria could minimize the negative effects of the crisis is by increasing the flexibility of the labour market, in combination with a strict fiscal discipline and the application of reforms. Distinguished Bulgarian economists, financial experts, representatives of ministries, non-governmental organizations, the diplomatic corps and journalists participated in the meeting.
Representatives of the Diplomatic Institute took part in the conference on “Europe for Afghanistan: from Understanding to Support", organized in Sofia by the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria. The contribution of the Diplomatic Institute to the development of Afghanistan through training courses for young diplomats from the Islamic Republic was pointed out within the different panels of the conference, as well as in the discussions that followed them.
A seminar on “Communication Strategy for Promoting the New Strategic Concept of NATO in Bulgaria" took place at the Central Military Club on 22 July. The event was organized by the Regional Centre for Euro-Atlantic Initiatives, in cooperation with the Diplomatic Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Embassy of the United States of America in Bulgaria. Statements and presentations of leading experts in the field of defense policy were included in the programme. Journalists, students and representatives of non-governmental organizations also took part in the working discussion on the topic.
A round table dedicated to the intercultural and interethnic dialogue and entitled “Tolerance, Respect and Understanding among Religious Communities: the Experience of Bulgaria and Indonesia" took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 26 May. The event was organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bulgaria. Intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, the role of education in the process of encouraging tolerance, democracy and pluralism, were discussed. Representatives of different Bulgarian institutions – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Parliament, the Department of Confessional Matters of the Council of Ministers, as well as representatives of academic circles, the diplomatic corps and different religious communities in Bulgaria participated in the lively discussions. The importance of intercultural tolerance as a base for the inter-religious dialogue was emphasized, and the experience of Bulgaria and Indonesia in increasing the level of understanding between religious communities that inhabit the same territories was shared.
The annual conference of the “Jean Monnet" Foundation, organized in cooperation with the European Commission - Department for Education and Culture, on the topic “The European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon", took place in Brussels on 25 and 26 May. Among the participants were university professors in European affairs from all over the world, members of the European Parliament, high-level officers of the European Commission, and representatives of diplomatic missions in Brussels. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, acting director of the Institute. Mrs. Mihaylova was officially introduced to Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and main speaker at the opening of the forum, and had the opportunity to inform him briefly on the activities of the Institute.
The international forum "Thermal Power and Climate Action", organized by the Energy Observer magazine, in cooperation with “Deloit Bulgaria" and the Black Sea Regional Energy Centre, and with the support of the Diplomatic Institute and the Ministry of Environment and Water, took place on 13 and 14 May in Sofia.
A seminar for the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of Bulgarian state administration, on the topic of “Let’s Build Europe Together", took place in Berlin between 26 and 30 April 2010. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the European Academy - Berlin, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. The seminar which was dedicated to current foreign policy issues related to the policies of the EU, the Treaty of Lisbon, the measures for overcoming the financial crisis and the anti-corruption measures, is one of many initiatives realized in cooperation by the Diplomatic Institute and the European Academy - Berlin. The programme of the seminar, which included working meetings in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the German Bundestag, gave the participants the opportunity to learn about the priorities of Germany’s European policy. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria took part in the event.
A two-day conference on “The Role of Education and Instruction in the New European Economic Environment", organized by the Department for Education and Culture of the European Commission, in cooperation with the “Jean Monnet" Foundation, took place on 25 January in Madrid. Distinguished representatives of European institutions and academic circles, as well as of the Spanish Presidency of the EU, participated in the event that took place in the “Caixa Forum" in the capital of Spain. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Head of Public Affairs and Cooperation Department.
By invitation of the independent organization “Friends of Europe" Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Head of Public Affairs and Cooperation Department of the Diplomatic Institute, attended a high-level forum “New Era for the Balkans" in Brussels. The meeting was co-organized by “Conrad Adenauer" Foundation, Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Montenegrin, Slovenian and Macedonian prime-ministers, Serbian vice-prime minister, ministers from Albania, Kosovo and Slovakia as well as EMPs, experts and diplomats took part in the meeting’s four sessions. The discussion emphasized on the European future of the Western Balkans and covered prospects for economic, infrastructural, educational and administrative development. .
An international scientific forum on “Europe: Nations and Borders. The Paris Peace Conference 1919-1922 and its heritage" started on 6 November at the Institute for Balkan Studies to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It marked the 90th anniversary of the peace treaties signed after the end of World War I. The event was organized in cooperation with the Diplomatic institute.
On 2 November a conference on “Energy Diplomacy and Integrated European Policy for Energy and Climate Change" took place at Grand Hotel Sofia. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael", in cooperation with Energy Observer magazine. Mrs. Rumyana Zheleva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dimitar Sabev, director of the Diplomatic Institute, and the ambassadors of the Netherlands and Sweden in Bulgaria opened the conference. Within the two sessions of the conference, representatives of the International Energy Programme of Clingendael, experts from different ministries and non-governmental organizations presented presentations on Bulgaria and the energy policy of the EU, as well as energy security and climate changes on international level. The issue of the Belyane nuclear power plant and whether finalizing the project is favorable for the energy interests of Bulgaria, provoked a discussion among the participants. After the presentations, the discussion continued in the form of two working groups that talked about energy markets and the transition toward energy systems of low carbon emissions. The need to change the attitude towards global warming and energy efficiency and design a long-term strategy for solving the problem were pointed out.
On 16 July 2009, a round table on "Bulgaria and International Development Cooperation: policy, official development aid and national capacity" organized by the Diplomatic Institute took place at Grand Hotel Sofia. The event was part of the project “Bulgaria’s development policy: transparency in setting up a regulatory and programme framework" and the OPAC procedure “Civil society - more ideas for transparency and access to state administration", priority axis 1: “Good governance", sub-priority 1.2 – “Transparency and Integrity of State Administration". The Institute is a partner in finalizing the project of the BG Chance Foundation. Representatives of different state institutions working on development policy and non-governmental organizations presented on the topic. In four sessions followed by discussions, different aspects of the European practices and tendencies in Development Policy and its implementation in Bulgaria were reviewed. A dispute was provoked by the readiness of the Bulgarian government to discuss with non-governmental organizations the regulatory framework which is under preparation and which aims to formulate the parameters of Bulgarian policy and development aid.
Between 8 and 9 July 2009 an international conference took place in Baku. It was organized by the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and marked the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Service. The conference, held under the slogan “Azerbaijan in global politics: creating foreign policy’, was opened by Mr. Elmar Mamadiyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. More than 200 Azerbaijani politicians and diplomats as well as a great number of foreign visitors from around the world took part in the conference and the celebration of the anniversary. Bulgaria was represented by Prof. Milan Milanov, director of the Diplomatic Institute. During the celebrations Prof. Milanov had several meetings with the leaders of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy as well with directors of partner organizations, foundations and other institutions from different countries.
On 22 May 2009 the Third International Student Conference “New Possibilities for Development of Bulgaria and the EU", organized by the New Diplomacy Student Club, took place at New Bulgarian University. Students from New Bulgarian University, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski", the University of National and World Economy, the National Military University “Vasil Levski", etc. participated in the event. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Mr. Kiril Apostolov, junior expert at Training Programmes Department. He presented on the topic of European Diplomacy and modern diplomatic training. The participants received certificates at the end of the conference.
The Director of the Diplomatic Institute Prof. Milan Milanov took part in the international scientific conference ‘Kosovo and the multinational forces’ that was opened on 12 May at the National Military Academy. Prof. Milanov was the moderator of the second session on “The conflict at the end of the XX century and the international participation in it". The conference aimed to address such issues as: the origin of the Kosovo conflict, whether the case of Kosovo is a precedent or a practice and what lessons have been learnt from the conflict.
A round table on “Problems of security in Bulgarian-Russian relations and the European cooperation" took place on 27 and 28 April 2009 in Moscow. It was organized by the Diplomatic Institute, in cooperation with the Association for Friendship with Russia and the Organization of the Non-aligned Countries, the Slavyani Foundation and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The event was part of the programme dedicated to celebrating the Year of Bulgaria in Russia. The conference was officially opened by Bulgaria’s Prime-minister Sergey Stanishev who received the honor degree “doctor" of the Diplomatic Academy. The director of the Diplomatic Institute Prof. Milan Milanov and the rector of the Diplomatic Academy Prof. Alexander Panov saluted the participants. In the course of two days the participants discussed a wide range of issues: the political dialogue between Bulgaria and Russia, energy security in terms of European cooperation, problems of regional security, the role of international organizations, the growing role of the Black Sea region for European security, as well as interaction in the field of culture as a factor for fortifying reliance and security.
On 2 and 3 April the Seventh International Conference on “Economic integration, competition and cooperation" took place in Opatya, Croatia. It was organized by the University of Rijeka (Croatia), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), The Improvement Centre in Antwerp, Netherlands and the Centre for Research and International Development, Paris. More than 200 representatives of 20 countries participated in the conference. In the course of its twelve sessions the participants discussed various issues related to the challenges that the enlarged EU faces, the international business, the changing global world, as well as cooperation and prospects for European integration in the Western Balkans, the energy market, the development of human resources, theoretical and practical issues of economic integration, etc. The Diplomatic Institute was represented by Mrs. Tanya Mihaylova, Acting Head of Public Affairs and Cooperation Department.
Representatives of the Diplomatic Institute participated in the XI International conference of the Balkan Political Club on “Macedonia on its way towards NATO and the EU" which took place in Ohrid on 20-21 February. Participants in the conference, which was opened by Macedonian Prime-minister Nikola Gruevski, were Mr. Zhelio Zhelev, head of the Balkan Political Club and Bulgarian president (1992 - 1997), and the former presidents of Turkey – Suleyman Demirel, of Romania – Emil Constantinescu, of Macedonia – Kiro Gligorov, the former prime minister of Macedonia Lyubcho Georgievski, ministers, scientists and public figures from the Balkans. The third session of the conference “The EU strategy for Balkan borders – opening, instead of reshaping" was moderated by Bulgaria’s former prime-minister Mr. Simeon Saxe-coburg-gotha. Within the session, Mr. Stefan Tafrov, former deputy minister of foreign affairs gave an emotional speech. No less impressive were the speeches of two former ambassadors in the Balkan region – Mr. Marko Markov, consultant at the Diplomatic Institute and Mr. Ivaylo Trifonov.
A one-day seminar on European Integration was held, under the supervision of Mr. Ron Ton from the Clingendael Institute, dedicated to the skills of conducting negotiations within the frame of the European Union. The seminar was intended for the junior employees of the Foreign Ministry. The training was carried out in the form of a simulation game on the policy of the EU in the areas of immigration and granting of asylum, as well as the overall foreign and security policy of the EU.
An International Conference on the subject "The European Constitution and the National Constitutions" under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov took place. Organizers of the Conference were Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", and the Institute of European Law, with the assistance of the Diplomatic Institute to the MFA.
The Diplomatic Institute together with the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria held an International Conference on the subject of Atlantic Partnership for the Strengthening of Security in Southern Caucasus. Ambassador Mathew Kidd - Deputy Permanent Representative of Great Britain in NATO, H.E. Konstantine Kavtaradze - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Armen Baibourtian - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, and Tofik Mussaev - Head of Foreign Policy and Strategic Planning Directorate to the MFA of Azerbaijan, as well as many other Bulgarian and foreign guests participated in the work of the Conference.
The Diplomatic Institute to the MFA jointly with the Friedrich Neuman Foundation and the Foundation for Humanitarian and Social Studies, organized an international seminar on the subject "The Justifiable War Today". It was opened with a welcoming address by H.E. Mr. Herald Kindermann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bulgaria. Participants in the conference were representatives of the diplomatic service, Higher Schools and NGOs. The Ambassadors of France and Great Britain, as well as diplomats from the embassies of Russia and the Ukraine were also present. Special guest at the Conference was Mr. Friedel Egelmeyer, Counselor on Security Matters to the German parliament, who delivered a plenary report "About War - Analyses and Arguments". [text of report] At the round table following the plenary sessions, statements were made by Mr. Leon Lowder, Counselor at the US Embassy in Sofia, by Assoc. Prof. S. Yotov from Sofia University, by Assoc. Prof. ?. Todorov from the NBU, by Mr. Khani Aljdllalih, Counselor at the Embassy of Iraq in Sofia, and so on. A special issue of "Criticism and Humanism" Magazine, dedicated to the topic under discussion, was distributed at the Conference. A multimedia presentation of young Bulgarian artists' works was made.
A Bulgarian-French Symposium was held on 28th November 2006 in the Bulgarian Embassy in Paris. The Symposium was organized by the Diplomatic Institute under the patronage of the Bulgarian Ambassador to France Mrs Irina Bokova. In her address to the participants Mrs Bokova referred to Bulgarian-French relations as strategic partnership and underlined the fact, that the French Parliament is the only one to unanimously ratify Bulgaria’s accession treaty. The participants were greeted by the Director of the Diplomatic Institute Professor Milan Milanov. Mrs Gergana Gruncharova, Deputy Foreign Minister and Mr Dimitar Sotirov, Program Director of the Bulgarian Media Coalition delivered a speech on “The challenges of the membership: what will Bulgaria be in Europe".
The event was attended by former Ambassadors of France to Bulgaria, members of research institutions, members of Bulgarian-French associations, representatives of the media and the Bulgarian diasporas in Paris.
From 9 to 13th of October Berlin hosted a seminar on “Ready for Europe", organized by the Diplomatic Institute and the German Federal Public Diplomacy Academy. The seminar was attended by 16 representatives from the Council of Ministers, MFA, the Ministry of State Administration and Administrative Reform, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economy and Energy and the Ministry of Interior. The lecturers were representatives from the European Commission, the MFA of Germany, as well as institutions and organizations in the area of foreign politics. The topics for discussion included the EU integration of Bulgaria, the ambitions of the German Presidency in January 2007 and current issues from EU agenda. Within the visit, Mrs Biliana Decheva and Mrs Violeta Karaivanova from the Diplomatic Institute had working meetings with Mr Michael Boch, Deputy Director of First Central Directorate of the German MFA, responsible for the training and qualification of German diplomats. They visited the new Center for training of junior diplomats, situated in the suburbs of Berlin and had talks with Mr Stephen Budermann, its Deputy Director. Another meeting took place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the representatives of the Diplomatic Institute and Mr Frank Rukert, head of the Foreign Diplomats’ Training Department. They exchanged experience in diplomats’ training and discussed possibilities for future cooperation.
On 21 and 22 September the Central Military Club hosted the Forth Euro-Chineese Forum, organized by the Diplomatic Institute, Academia Sinica Europaea – Shanghai and SU “St. Kliment Ohridski" under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin and the assistance of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, as well as the Embassies of China, Ireland and France in Bulgaria. The main themes were The Impact of the EU Enlargement upon the EU-China relations; Bulgaria-China Overall Relationship and Cooperative Eurasia.
In the Forum participated representatives from China, France, Spain, Finland and Bulgaria.
Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was on a visit to Sofia upon the invitation of the Diplomatic Institute. Mme Buquicchio took part in the First Annual Conference of the Balkan Partnership Network of the research centers and institutes on the topic “Regional Cooperation and the European Perspective on the Balkans" organized by the Diplomatic Institute with the support of CEI, the European Institute and the Center for South Eastern European Studies. Mme Buquicchio delivered an introductory speech, “Tolerance versus Discrimination", in the third panel. of the Conference. Moderator of the panel was Mrs. Bilyana Decheva, Head of dept. in the BDI.
Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio conversing with the Heads of BDI Departments.
Within the framework of her visit, Mme Buquicchiohad meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Ivaylo Kalfin, the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Todor Churov and the President of the Agency for Child Protection, Mrs. Shirine Mestan.
Дипломатическият институт е домакин на откриването на Международен колоквиум “Толерантността днес: залог и предизвикателства", организиран от Нов български университет, съвместно с Университета на Шербрук – Квебек, Канада, Университета на Нант – Франция и с подкрепата на AUF. Колоквиумът беше открит от Н. Пр. Ив Сен-Жур, посланик на Франция.
A Round Table on the topic “Kosovo and the Regional Stability" will take place on 25 March, 2006 Saturday, from 9.30 a.m in the “Ceremony Hall" of the Central Military Club, with the participation of the Deputy Foreign Minister Lyubomir Kyuchukov and the Deputy – Minister of Defense Simeon Nikolov. Representatives from Serbia and Kosovo shall also participate. The panels are: “Kosovo’s Future Statute as a Key Element of Regional Stability", “A Glance at the Negotiations Process from the Viewpoint of Belgrade and Prishtina" e “The Role of Bulgaria and its Neighboring Countries for the Integration of the Western Balkans into the European and Euro-Atlantic Structures". The Round Table is organized by the Bulgarian Diplomatic Society and the Diplomatic Institute.
The eleventh international conference on the problems of security and defence policy was held on 14th and 15th June at Rakovsky Defence College. This year the topic was “Security and defence policy: "International and regional organizations and the new challenges for international security". The conference was organized with the assistance of the Diplomatic institute and First Investment Bank. The leading report "Bulgaria and the policy for security and cooperation in South East Europe" was delivered by Deputy Foreign Minister Ljubomir Kyuchukov.
The Director of the Diplomatic institute Professor Milan Milanov moderated Panel ??? in the program – "Conlict resolution: Regional dimensions and the role of third parties". Representatives of 14 countries took part in the conference – Portugal, Ukraine, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, etc.
A two-day round table was open today in the Rodina Hotel on "Bulgarian-Russian dialogue in the context of the European idea". It is organized on the occasion of the 130th Anniversary of Bulgaria’s Liberation and the Year of Russia in Bulgaria. Participants in the Round Table are diplomats, representatives of the academic and civil communities.
The organizers are the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Diplomatic Academy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, The Federation for Friendship with the Peoples of the Russia and the CIS and the Slaviany Foundation. The initiative is being implemented with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Friendship Group Bulgaria-Russia to the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as the Russian Center for international scientific and cultural cooperation at the MFA of the Russian Federation. The event is favorably sponsored by Lukoil Bulgaria Ltd.
The participants were greeted by the Deputy-Foreign Minister Mrs Evgenia Koldanova. There were welcome addresses by the Chairman of the Parliament George Pirinski, the Prime-minister Sergey Stanishev, the Foreign Affairs Minister Ivailo Kalfin, the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. There was also a welcome address by Anatoly Potapov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria. This joint initiative is an original important accent in the 130 Anniversary Events. Its importance issues from the favorable state of bilateral relations alongside the necessity to rationalize the development of the common European cooperation.
The Lisbon Treaty and the Prospects of EU integration were the themes of the conference “The Lisbon Treaty – the European prospect" organized at the Sheraton Hotel by the Diplomatic Institute and the Center for Policy Modernization under the patronage of European Affairs Minister Gergana Grancharova. The conference was held at the time the EU Reform Treaty was submitted at Parliament to consider ratification.
Politicians and experts from the administration, the academic circles and NGOs discussed the institutional reform of the EU, the enhanced role of the European Parliament and the national Parliaments, the prospects of the growing European integration in the area of foreign policy and security, as well as the policies proclaimed in the Lisbon Treaty on narrowing the gap between the European institutions and the citizens. Foreign Affairs Minister Gergana Grancharova made the opening speech, underlying that the Lisbon Treaty is a proof the member-states can reach a consensus "under the higher priority and community interest". The first panel "The Institutional Reform in the European Union" was moderated by Professor Milan MilaMilanov, Director of the Diplomatic Institute. Participants in the first panel were Professor Julia Zaharieva from the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski, Mladen Chervenyakov, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs and Todor Churov, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister.
In the second panel "The EU, Bulgaria and the Citizens", moderated by Juliana Nikolova, Director of the European Institute, the participants were Dr Ingrid Shikova from the EU Representation Office in Bulgaria, Professor Antony Galabov from Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski. The conference provoked a lot of interest among Bulgarian and foreign diplomats, MPs, MEPs, journalists, academicians and citizens. The reports from the conference will be published by the Diplomatic Institute in a special edition.
From 31st October to 1st November Varna hosted a Round Table on the topic of "The Black Sea synergy – new horizons before the European integration". Co-organizers of the Forum were the BDI, the Federation for friendship with the Peoples of Russia and the CIS and the “Slaviani" Foundationon the Bulgarian side and the foreign partners were the Diplomatic Academy to the MFA of the Russian Federation and the Foreign Policy Association – Мunich, Germany. The initiative was realised with the support of the MFA of Bulgaria, MFA of the Russian Federation and the Group for Friendship Bulgaria-Russia to the Bulgarian Parliament. There were more than 30 representatives from Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey and Ukraine. The participants were welcomed on behalf of the Vice-Premier of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs Meglena Plugchieva.
The high level participation was confirmed by the presence of outstanding figures such as Mr Peter Kunev, Deputy-chairman of the Economics Policy Committee of the National Assembly; Mrs Marusia Ljubcheva, MEP, Professor Lubomir Ivanov, Chairman of the Atlantic Club, Professor Evgyenii Kotuvoy, Deputy Rector of the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, Dr Horst Mahr, President of the Foreign Policy Association in Munich. There were Ambassadors, Consuls General, diplomats, representatives of the academic circles.
The discussion highlighted the modern meaning of the word “synergy" as well as the notion of the concept “koine" which has come to us from ancient times. There were a number of examples, both from the past and the present, about the positive and negative interrelations in the Black Sea region. The participants were unanimous about the tremendous practical use and timing of the event and in their concurrence such open discussions should undoubtedly be continued in the very near future. Among the first generally useful items to be discussed next were culture, ecology, scientific-technology, energy and general security.
On 14th and 15th October 2008 Sofia hosted an International Scientific Conference “100 years independent Bulgaria: the pillars of statehood" under the patronage of the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Serguey Stanishev. The Conference was organized by the Defence College with the assistance of the BDI, the Ministry of Justice and the Union of the Reserve Force. Professor Milan Milanov, Director of the BDI moderated the fourth plenary session on Diplomacy and foreign policy.
The MFA hosted today an academic discussion, organized by the Diplomatic Institute, on "Rights of the Bulgarian refugees from Thrace during the period 1903-1913". In his address to the participants the Director of the Diplomatic Institute Professor Milan Milanov pointed out that the goal of the discussion is to direct the attention of the Bulgarian community towards a problem of long standing and urge towards commitment right before the European Parliament’s special plenary session on this topic on 22nd May 2008. The discussion was joined by representatives of the Thrace associations union, prominent Bulgarian academicians, political scientists, public figures and journalists. They all acknowledged the relevance and usefulness of this initiative with regard the upcoming report of the European Parliament of the issue on compensation of the Bulgarian refugees form Thrace. In this way the issue will become one of the requirements Turkey will have to meet in their EU pre-accession period. It will also become a prerequisite for finding its European solution.
is a joint radioprogramme by the Diplomatic Institute and Darik Radio, which was broadcasted in the period 2005 - 2007 and 2011 - 2012. Its aim is to present essential details concerning the diplomatic profession as well as different activities organized by the Institute.
is a joint radioprogramme by the Diplomatic Institute and the Bulgarian National Radio programme “Hristo Botev". It started at the beginning of February 2008. It is broadcasted every first Friday at 8.45 a.m.. Its aim is to promote Bulgarian diplomatic training and various activities organized by the Diplomatic Institute. Both Bulgarian and foreign diplomats and politicians take part in it by sharing with the audience their experience and knowledge in the field of international affairs.
This first episode is dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of the Diplomatic Institute and offers a live interview with its Director Ms Tanya Mihaylova. The main topic of the emission is related to presentation of different professional and qualification courses that the Institute offers to diplomats and consuls in order to better their professional qualities and expertise.
This is the first broadcast of the reinstated joint radioprogramme “Profession: Diplomat" by Darik Radio and the Diplomatic Institute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The audience will receive useful information on current news, topics and events in the diplomatic sphere. In addition to that, the programme includes interviews with Bulgarian and foreign experts in the field of energy diplomacy.
Among the events covered by the broadcast are the 7-day Course in Energy Diplomacy in the period 17-25 November 2011, and the 6-day Seminar on Economic Diplomacy starting on 2 December 2011. Special attention is paid to the Cooperation Agreement between the Diplomatic Institute and the Institute of Diplomatic Studies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom Saudi Arabia signed on June 2011. As a result of this bilateral agreement, strengthening and further development of the cooperation between the two institutes is expected.
The focus of the programme is energy diplomacy. In an interview for the audience of Darik Radio two of the participants in the Energy Diplomacy Seminar, organized by the Institute, elaborate on the subject. The first interview is with Ambassador Petar Popchev, Counselor to the Minister of Energy Traycho Traykov. He shares his views on the role of Bulgaria and the benefits from its strategic geographic location with regards to various energy projects in the region. The other interview in the programme is with two international specialists from the Instutute of International Affairs Clingendael – Ms Lucia van Geuns and Mr Jacques de Jong. They discuss the elements in the international energy market development, the European energy policies and the international dimensions of oil and gas.
In this edition recent events from the field of international relations are presented. The emphasis is placed on recent and forthcoming events related to the Institute’s activities. Among them is the seminar “Western Balkans – getting closer to the EU" organized in December 2011 in Pravetz. The seminar was intended for diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo. In a short interview for Darik Radio, Katrina Ademi and Florent Mehmeti – representatives of MFA of the Republic of Kosovo, shared their impressions of the training.
On 12 and 13 December 2011 a training organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Institute will start. It will be practice-oriented and it aims to improve the techniques for a successful completion of the written and oral exams regarding the personnel selection in the European Union Foreign Action Service. The training will be conducted by Karel Kovanda – Deputy Secretary-General of Directorate General “Foreign Relations" of the European Commission (2005 – 2010).
Another interesting news presented in the programme is the foundation of the Alumni Club for trainees of the Institute which is scheduled for 15.12.2011. Acknowledged experts in the field of diplomacy are expected to attend the event.
The programme also presents an interview with the Acting Director of the Institue – Ms Tanya Mihaylova who in December 2011 attended the forum “The Gulf and the World" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The audience will learn about the topics of the forum, as well as the ideas, opinions and impressions shared during the event. Ms Mihaylova also talks about the Cooperation Agreement between the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute and the Saudi Diplomatic Institute, signed in June 2011 and the joint activities resulting from it.
The broadcast is dedicated to the newly established Alumni Club of the Diplomatic Institute. Following the founding ceremony, Darik Radio interviewed Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, and Ms Bilyana Decheva, Head of Training Programmes and Projects Department. They spoke shortly about the achievements of the Institute in the field of public and training activities in addition to the upcoming projects and engagements.
Darik also interviews Ambassador Zdravko Popov, founder of the Institute, and Ambassador Ivan Stanchev, prominent diplomat and President of the Consultative Board to the Institute. Both of them express their views concerning the mission, goals and achievements of the Diplomatic Institute. Apart from them, two trainees who have participated in the training courses share their impressions from the activities organized by the Institute.
This edition of the radioprogramme presents topical news in the diplomatic field with special attention paid to several past and upcoming events related to the Institute’s activities. One of them is the appointment of a new Director of the Diplomatic Institute. As of 1 February 2011 Ms Tanya Mihaylova was appointed Director of the Diplomatic Institute with a Decree by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov. The newly-appointed director has a Master in law and is a former legal advisor in the European Integration Directorate to the National Assembly.
Diplomacy Journal also has a new chief editor – Mr Zdravko Popov, one of the founders and first director of the Diplomatic Institute as well as former Bulgarian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Other editors of the magazine are Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Ms Bilyana Decheva and Mr Kamen Lozev. At the moment the seventh issue of the journal is under preparation and the editors’ aspiration is to include topical issues such as the changes in the Arab countries, the financial crisis in the EU, regional problems etc.
Another interesting topic discussed in the broadcast is the visit of a delegation from the Republic of Sudan in Sofia on 15 and 16 February. The purpose of the visit is to conduct bilateral political consultations in the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Diplomatic Institute and the National Centre for Diplomatic Training in the Republic of Sudan have been longstanding partners since 2008 when the two institutions signed a Cooperation Memorandum in Khartoum.
The programme also provides information about the forthcoming public lecture of Zeynep Dereli, which is organized by the Diplomatic Institute. In addition to being a popular journalist and TV presenter, Mrs Dereli is a Turkish specialist in economics, energy diplomacy and international relations.
The broadcast also presents Ms Emiliya Paneva, state expert at Training Programmes and Projects Department of the Institute. She talks about the Institute’s training activities, the overall concept of the diplomatic training in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various types of courses, the need for constant training provided to the officials in the Ministry and the wide range of language courses offered by the Institute.
In this edition of the broadcast recent news in the field of diplomacy are presented and special attention is paid to two contests organized on the occasion of the Summit of NATO in Chicago in May this year. One of them will give twenty participants from all over the world the opportunity to win a trip to Chicago. The second challenge is a traditional activity of the Diplomatic Institute which aims to encourage young people to express in public their opinion on topics related to international relations, in the form of essay contests. The topic of the current one is “How do you understand the term NATO’s “intelligent defense" in the context of the Summit in Chicago".
Another interesting event covered by the broadcast is the upcoming public lecture of Dominique Cardon, a French sociologist, researcher in the University for Social Sciences in Paris. The reason for his visit to Bulgaria is the presentation of the Bulgarian translation of his most recent book “The Internet Democracy".
The broadcast also covers the meeting between representatives of the National Institute of Justice and the Diplomatic Institute, where possibilities for collaboration and joint initiatives of the two educational centres were discussed. This week a Collaboration Agreement between the Diplomatic Institute and the Centre for Eastern Languages and Cultures at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski" was also signed.
The broadcast also presents the newest project of the Diplomatic Institute – the realization of public discussions on its Facebook page. The first topic that the Institute invites its friends to participate in and discuss is “The Facebook State and the New Diplomacy".
The focus of the broadcast is energy security in Europe. In relation to this, Darik Radio presents interviews with Zeinep Dareli, a Turkish economist and leading political journalist, and host of the weekly programme “Leaders and decisions", and Adelina Tomova, chief expert in the Training Programmes and Projects Department of the Diplomatic Institute. Zeinep Dareli shares her views regarding the energy security in Europe and the challenges and opportunities for Bulgaria, especially in collaboration with Turkey. Adelina Tomova elaborates on the organization and topics related to the upcoming start in Sofia of the Third Module of the High-level Course on Common Security and Defense Policy on “Foreign Policy Priorities of the EU in the frame of the Common Security and Defense Policy of the EU, missions and operations".
In this broadcast information about the 11th Basic Course in Diplomacy for probation-attaches to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is presented. The course aims to provide the trainees with a thorough knowledge on the theory and practice of international relations and prepare them for successfully taking the exam for first diplomatic rank “attache".
The audience is further informed about the upcoming public lecture of Ms Maria Sultan, General Director of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI). She is going to discuss the topic of “Spread of the nuclear weapon: arising threats and consequences for the regional safety".
The 7th edition of the international seminar "Winter School for Diplomacy", a joint event organized by the Diplomatic Institute and Hanns Seidel Foundation, Germany, is taking place in the period 19-23 March in Sandanski. Around thirty young diplomats from Southeastern Europe, the Black sea region and the EU member states are going to participate.
Another interesting issue discussed in the programme is the upcoming conference on “Frankophony and democracy". It is organized by the National Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the group of frankophone ambassadors, AMOPA - Bulgaria and the Bulgarian ambassador in Paris, Mr Marin Raykov.
Another piece of news to be pointed out is that since March this year the Diplomatic Institute has started publishing a monthly online newsletter. The newsletter informs on the activities of the Training Programmes and Projects Department and Public Affairs and Cooperation Department of the Institute. The newsletter is available on the website of the Institute.
The focus of the programme are the interviews with Ms Florika Fink-Hooijer, Chairman of the cabinet of Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and General Jacques Walsh, Director of the High-level course on CSDP of the European Defence and Security College. They have come to the Third Module of the course which Bulgaria hosts for the first time. The module was organized by the Diplomatic Institute in 5-9 March 2012. Ms Fink-Hooijer pointed out the need for practical training of specialists on preventing crises and disasters prior to sending them on specific missions. General Walsh focused on the importance of collaboration among institutions and shared his impressions from the Institute’s great performance in organizing the module.
One of the events presented in the broadcast is the participation of representatives of the Diplomatic in the Conference on Francophony and Democracy. The forum was organized by the Bulgarian Parliament and the Group of the Francophonic ambassadors accredited in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Association of the Order of the Academic Palms) and H.E. Mr Marin Raykov – the personal representative of the Bulgarian President in the International Francophony Organization and Bulgarian Ambassador in Paris, France.
Special attention is given to the Cooperation Memorandum signed between the Diplomatic Institute and the Diplomatic Academy of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms Tanya Mihaylova, Director of the Institute, was part of the delegation of the Bulgarian Prime-minister that participated in e session between the Turkish and the Bulgarian governments.
Another interesting story covered by the broadcast was the 7th edition of the Winter School for Diplomacy organized by the Diplomatic Institute and Hans Seidel Foundation – Germany. Traditionally, the school took place in Sandanski, Bulgaria and for one week gathered together diplomats from Southeastern Europe, the Black sea region and EU member-states.
This week, to commemorate the International Francophony Day, the Diplomatic Institute presented at its library various books in French. A short presentation of the Institute’s rich experience in organizing francophone activities in cooperation with the International Francophony Organization was made. The event ended with readings of poetry and prose in French.
Two interviews are the focus of attention in the present broadcast. In the first one Dr. Maria Sultan, Director General of the Southasian Institute for Strategic Stability, points out her firm belief that the future belongs to nuclear energy. Even now it is the most effective and most competitive source of power worldwide. This is why modernization and international security measures are required. In the second interview Ms Vesela Cherneva, Speaker for the Minisrty of Foreign Affairs, gives detailed information about the ongoing Ambassador Conference in Sofia (26-28 March, 2012). The forum’s main focus is Bulgaria’s economic interests and policies. Issues related to the EU financial crisis, the place Bulgaria has in it, Bulgarian tax legislation policy, our country’s investment climate advantages, Schengen area and our visa policy will be discussed. Participants in the conference are mainly Bulgarian newly-appointed ambassadors who are expected to leave for their missions.
Among the events covered by the broadcast is the recently completed National Essay Contest on the topic “How do you understand the term NATO’s “intelligent defense" in the context of the Summit in Chicago?". The award for the winner, provided by the Public Diplomacy Department of NATO, is a visit to the Headquarters of NATO in Brussels, Belgium.
Another piece of news is the EU symposium on “Border Governance and Security of the Travel Documents in the Danube Region" that will take place in Sofia between 18 and 20 April 2012. The latest developments on European level regarding the security of the travel documents, the good practices in the integrated border governance, the efficiency of biometry, the integration of national visa systems in the European Visa System, the low level of border traffic in the context of the European Neighborhood Policy will be reviewed during the symposium.
The broadcast also presents the Ambassador Conference that was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Institute. Its main focus was the specific pre-term preparation of recently assigned Bulgarian ambassadors, which includes such topics as: challenges for the Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe, the Arab Spring in the Middle East and South Africa, public diplomacy, consular service, crisis response, etc.
The Eighth Course on Consular Diplomacy, organized by the Diplomatic Institute in cooperation with the Consular Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will start in the end of April. Employees whose work is related to consular activities in Bulgaria abroad will participate in this course.
The focus of the programme is an interview with three of the participants in the Eleventh Basic Course on Diplomacy for Probation Attaches organized by the Diplomatic Institute. Victoria Chernookova, Ekaterina Angelova and Yuliyan Kitipov share their personal impressions regarding the start of their diplomatic career. Another guest in the programme is Kiril Apostolov, senior expert in Training Programmes and Projects Department of the Diplomatic Institute, who tells about the traditional Winter School for Diplomacy.
The broadcast covers the public lecture of Prof. Jarko Korach, President of the Serbian Socialist-Democratic Party (SDP), on the topic “Challenges of Serbia’s Euro-integration". Prof. Korach is one of the most persistent and active enemies of the Slobodan Milosevic’s regime and was for a short time Prime minister of Serbia after Zoran Djindjich’s murder.
The audience is informed about the upcoming seminar on “Western Balkans – getting closer to the EU: Increasing the public administration’s capacity to meet the integration challenges of today". The event will be held between 14 and 18 May 2012 in Podgorica, Montenegro. Organizers are the Diplomatic Institute, “Hans Seidel" Foundation and the Central-European Initiative. The seminar is intended for representatives of the Montenegrin administration working on the issues of economic development, regional cooperation and European Integration of their country.
Another interesting story covered by the broadcast is the recent symposium on “Border management and security of travel documents in the Danube river region". The event is part of Priority Area 11 – “Cooperation for dealing with security issues and fighting organized crime", coordinated by Bulgaria and Germany.
Interviews for Darik Radio gave Ahim Hildebrandt, European Issues Commissary in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Mariya Kostadinova, Head of Identification Papers Directorate at the Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria. Both of them talked about the EU outer borders – a topic of exceptional importance for Bulgaria in the light of its future accession to the Schengen Area. In relation to that, the question arose as to when it is rational to use biometric data and expensive equipment shown at the industrial exhibition that took place parallel to the symposium.
For the purposes of promoting its activities and programmes the Diplomatic Institute maintains a publicly accessible library, which specializes, processes and provides specialist materials, references and literature on international relations, European integration, security issues, international organisations, diplomacy, law, history, sociology, political science, economy etc. The library has a collection of approximately 4000 titles, mainly in English, French, German, Russian and in other foreign languages.
The library has been equipped with a web-based Electronic Book Catalogue, which contains a record of all titles added to the library’s collection since 2004 to date. In order to facilitate users, the database allows for basic searches, dictionary-based searches, advanced searches and simplified searches to be made.
The 2012 periodicals subscription includes 20 foreign-language and 19 Bulgarian titles.
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.
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 non–profit 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.
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.
Interview with Tanya Mihaylova and Ingrid Shikova on the Challenges of the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU.
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.
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…
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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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.
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.
On January 28, 2015 in MFA „Antarctica” hall, the newest edition of the Diplomatic Institute was presented – the sixth issue of the traditional DI’s 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.
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 Institute’s 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.
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.
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 book’s 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".