2014 Session 5A: Policies in transition: Democracy and the rule of law: Bulgaria and Central and Eastern Europe in Comparison

Dealing with the Past while looking to the Future

International conference, part of the presidential initiative 25 years free Bulgaria

11 and 12 November 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

This session is organized with the kind support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

25 years ago Bulgaria went through a bloodless revolution, but then suffered under severe economic hardship. Nevertheless, we still managed to reach consensus on the currency board and on NATO and EU membership. Alongside critically examining what went wrong, and how, during the years of transition, we wish to reflect on what went right, while also moving beyond the national context and looking at the wider Eastern European experience.


Georgi Pirinski, Member of the European Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-1996) and Speaker of the National Assembly (2005-2009) (Bulgaria)

István Gyarmati, President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition (Hungary)

Ján Čarnogurský, Prime Minister of Slovakia (1991 – 1992) and Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Movement(Slovakia)

Philip Dimitrov, First democratically elected Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1991 – 1992) (Bulgaria)

Wojciech Przybylski, Editor of Res Publica Nowa (Poland)

Moderator: Rayna Gavrilova, Open Society Foundations (Bulgaria)