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      International Conference

      Regional Development and Cross-Border Cooperation -
      The European Perspective for the Western Balkan Countries

      (15 May 2018, New Bulgarian University)



      09:30 – 10:00

      Registration of participants, Welcome cafe

      10:00 – 10:15

      Opening session

      Prof. Plamen Botchkov– Rector, New Bulgarian university

      Mr. Torsten Geisler, « Konrad Adenauer » Foundation

      Emil Hristov, Vice-President of the Bulgarian National assembly

      10:15 – 11:20

      First discussion panel


      The state of the debate on the European perspective
      for the countries of Western Balkans


      President : Antoniy Galabov, NBU


      Tomislav Donchev, Vice-Premier minister


      Ivelina Vassileva, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Commission for European affairs and Control to the EU founds


      Discussion with the Diplomats from the EU member’s countries and the countries from the States in the Western Balkans (tbc.)

      Her Excellency, Mrs. Tekla Harangozó, Ambassador of Hungary

      His Excellency, Mr. Marjan Gjorchev, Ambassador of Macedonia

      His Excellency, Mr. Vladimir Ćurgus, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia

      His Excellency, Mr. Qirjako Kureta, Ambassador of the Republic of Albania

      His Excellency, Mr. Chred Kalaba, Embassy of the Republic of Kosova

      His Excellency, Mr. Micola Baltadji, Ambassador of Ukraine

      Mrs. Donnay Françoise, First Scretary, Embassy of Belgium

      Mrs. Diane Roeser, Second Secretary at the Chancery Policy, Embassy of  France

      Mrs. Raluca Tigau, Embassy of Romania

      Mr. Nicola Audibert, Protocol, Embassy of France

      Mr. Sören Burdinsky, Embassy of Germany

      11.20 - 11.40

      Coffee Break

      11:40 – 13:00

      Second discussion panel


      Cross-border cooperation – experience of  politics and instruments


      President : Ljubov Panayotova, European Institute


      Margot Bonafous, European institute, Kehl, Germany, Association EUROPA


      Antoniy Galabov, New Bulgarian university


      Belin Mollov, expert of Regional development


      Vesselina Troeva, Director of Nationa Center for Territorial development


      Ergin Emin, Association of Bulgarian Towns and Regions

      13:00 – 14:00

      Lunch break

      14:00 – 15:30

      Third discussion panel


      Communications and Public policies toward the borders


      President : Antoniy Galabov, New Bulgarian university


      Irena Sokolova, Governor of the Pernik region


      Ljubov Panayotova, European Institute


      Boyko Vassilev, Bulgarian national television


      Discussion with the journalists accredited in Bulgaria from France press, Associated press, BBC, TASS, ABC and others (tbc.)

      15:30 – 16:00

      Final discussion


      End of the Conference




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