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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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