European Debates

„European Debates” started in 2011 as a joint initiative between the Bulgarian School of Politics “ Dimitry Panitza” and the EC Representation in Bulgaria. Throughout the years, it enlarged and now involves other organizations as well. Its goals are to support young Bulgarian political and civic leaders to actively participate in the debate for the future of Europe, to provoke a broad public discussion on topics key for Bulgaria and the EU, and to become a catalyst for developing and applying new policies.


We monitor hot topics in the society and invite leading politicians, ministers, ambassadors, directors and chair persons of state institutions and leading non-governmental organizations, analysts and experts, who present their views on pressing political and public problems. Topics are upon debate and are from the areas of economy, national and European policy, democracy and civil society.

Active participants in the discussions are the students at the School and the members of the Alumni community. By now more than 500 young political and civic leaders have graduated the Programs and have been actively involved in the process of developing and applying current public policies in Bulgaria. We also invite university professors and students, representatives of non-governmental ogranisations, leading experts, etc.

They have the opportunity to discuss different ideas for solving problems, exchange opinions and share positions, and subsequently to take active part in the process of developing new policies on topics of public importance, thus becoming public opinion leaders.

Our aim is the European Debates initiative to add new ideas, views and topics for political debate and reflection to the public agenda and to support the process of developing new policies.

Archive European Debates

21th February 2014

The New Others – The State Policy Regarding the Refugees

Guest-speakers – Nikolay Chirpanliev, Chairman of the State Agency for Refugees and Shteryo Nojarov, lawyer, professor at the University of National and World Economy
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07th December 2011

“A different mindset for a sustainable future: the value of inter-generational dialogue”

Guest-speaker – Princess Laurentien van Orajne-Nassau of the Netherland

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13th September 2011

Factors which modernize Russia

Guest-speaker – Ms. Elena Nemirovskaya – founder and Director of the Moscow School of Civic Education
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9th June 2011

“Positives and Negatives from Bulgarian Membership in Euro Plus Pact through the Lens of the Current Situation in the Euro Zone”

Guest-speakers – Georgi Angelov, senior economist in the Open Society Institute, Evgenij Kanev, co-founder of European Institute for Strategies and Policies, and Kaloyan Staykov, expert in Public Finances at the Center for Economic Development.

19th April 2011

“Pros and Cons the Nuclear Power Plant in Belene through European Perspective”

Guest-speakers – Yourdan Kostadinov, former Executive Director of the Nuclear Power Plant in Kozloduj and member of 40th National Assembly, Krasen Stanchev, Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Market Economy, and Galina Alexandrova, Manager and Chief Editor of Ecoenergy Media.

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9th March 2011

„Developing Innovative Policies through EU funds”

Guest-speaker – Tomislav Donchev, Minister in charge of EU funds management

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7th February 2011

„European Leader”

Guest-speaker – Kristalina Georgieva – European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

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