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Conference of PanEuropa on the Occasion of the European Parliament Elections on 25 May 2014

15 May 2014
Conference of PanEuropa on the Occasion of the European Parliament Elections on 25 May 2014

PanEuropa Bulgaria in cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom organizes a conference dedicated to the upcoming Elections for European Parliament. The event will take place on 19th May 2014 (Monday), under the title #BGVOTESEU, at Hilton Hotel Sofia.

The first panel of the conference aims to outline the main aspects of the political and economic development of Bulgaria during the first seven years of its membership in the EU. The second panel will give the floor for pre-election debate between representatives of the main four parties and coalitions that are going for the Elections for European Parliament BSP, GERB, DPS and the Reform Bloc.

The event will take place on 19th May 2014 (Monday), at 15:30, at Hilton Hotel Sofia.

Programme of the event

Conference:

#BGVOTESEU

19 May 2014 (Monday)

Hilton Sofia

15:30 15:45 Registration

15:45 16:00 Opening

Gergana Passy, President, PanEuropa Bulgaria

Daniel Kaddik, Project Director for Southeast Europe, Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom

16:00 16:20 KEYNOTE SPEECH:

Prof. Ognyan Gerdzhikov, Chairman of the 39 General Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (2001-2005)

16:20 17:20 SEVEN YEARS OF BULGARIA IN THE EU: A DREAM STILL TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

Moderator: Gergana Passy, President, PanEuropa Bulgaria

Nikolay Vassilev, Deputy Prime Minister (2001-2005), Minister of Public Administration and Administrative Reform (2005-2009)

Lessons and mistakes in the economics during the first seven years of Bulgarian membership in the EU

Vladimir Shopov, Political Scientist, Director of the European Strategy and Policy Institute

Bulgaria in the EU: Need for Restart

Ivanka Ivanova, Program Director, Legal Program, Open Society Foundation

The continuing reform in the judiciary

Ognyan Zlatev, Head, the EU Commission Representation in Bulgaria

What have we gained during our first seven years of membership in the EU

17:20 17:45 Q&A Session

17:45 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 19:00 THE EU PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS: A NEW HOPE FOR BULGARIA AND THE EU?

Moderator: Kiril Valchev, Host, DARIK Radio


European Parliamentary Candidates:

Representative of BSP

Andrey Novakov, GERB (tbc)

Metin Kazak, DPS (tbc)

Dimitar Delchev, RB

Mincho Spasov, NDSV (tbc)

19:00 19:30 Q&A Session

19:30 19:45 Closing Remarks

Dr. René Klaff, Regional Director, Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom, Regional Office Central, East and Southeast Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia (CESE)

19:45 20:30 Farewell Reception of Dr. René Klaff

Light dinner