SERIES OF LECTURES "GEORGI MARKOV: FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS"

Who is Georgi Markov? Do you want to learn more about the Bulgarian dissident, journalist and writer? Sofia Platform has conducted series of lectures “Georgi Markov: Firsthand accounts” which were held in five universities in Bulgaria in the period 17 – 21 October 2016. Speakers during the lectures included: Hamid Ismailov, Uzbek dissident, journalist and writer, one of the founders of the BBC “Georgi Markov” prize for radio plays; Peter Udell, former journalist and colleague of Georgi Markov at BBC radio, former managing editor of the broadcasts of the radio about Bulgaria; Rumyana Ebert, writer, chemist and a close personal friend of Georgi Markov who translates his work in German; Dimitar Botchev, writer and journalist who worked with Georgi Markov at radio “Deutsche Welle”.

MAPPING A GENERATION IN TRANSITION

“Same but very different. Perspectives Bulgaria Croatia Ukraine and Russia”

Watch a recording of the discussion “Same but very different. Perspectives Bulgaria Croatia Ukraine and Russia” which was part of the project “Mapping a generation in transition” and took place in Berin, Germany in October 2015. The project is an international initiative which unites NGOs from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The videos were produced by Doerte Grimm.

Project meetings

Watch short video recaps of the “Mapping a generation in transition” project meetings which took place on Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2015 and in Berlin, Germany in October 2015. The project is an international initiative which unites NGOs from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The videos were produced by Doerte Grimm.

"THE EU IN A CHANGING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT: WHAT NEXT FOR EU'S NEIGHBOURS?"

Watch the full recording of HR Federica Mogherini’s participation at Sofia Platform event “The EU in a changing global environment: what next for EU’s neighbours” which took place on 23 July 2015. The discussion features also Bulgarian foreign minister Daniel Mitov, Bulgarian deputy prime-minister Meglena Kuneva and ECFR-Sofia director Vessela Tcherneva.

Podcasts

Listen to the discussions that took place during our event “The EU in a changing global environment: what next for EU’s neighbours”:

Panel 1: “Unrewarding crossroads: the Black Sea region amidst the EU and Russia” featuring:

Georgi Pirinski, Member of the European Parliament, ECFR Council Member (Bulgaria)
Andrey Makarychev, Visiting Professor at University of Tartu in Estonia (Russia)
Ghia Nodia, Chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (Georgia)
Iryna Solonenko, DAAD/OSF Scholar at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (Ukraine)
Richard Giragosian, Founding Director of Regional Studies Center (Armenia)
Moderator: Louisa Slavkova, ECFR/Sofia Platform (Bulgaria)

Panel 3: “Panel 3: The EU’s Unfinished Business: What Next for the Western Balkans and Turkey?” featuring:

Dzhema Grozdanova, Head of Foreign Affairs Committee, Bulgarian National Assembly, ECFR Council Member (Bulgaria)
Alida Vracic, Executive Director of the think tank Populari (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hedvig Morvai, Executive Director of the European Fund for the Balkans, ECFR Council Member (Serbia)
Remzi Lani, Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute (Albania)
Sinan Ülgen, Chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (Turkey)
Stevo Pendarovski, Assistant Professor, the University American College Skopje (Macedonia)
Moderator: Tim Judah, The Economist (UK)

Panel 4: “Beyond the Pipeline Knot: The Future of the Energy Sector in the Wider Europe Region” featuring:

Julian Popov, Fellow of the European Climate Foundation (Bulgaria/UK)
Anca Mihalache, Senior Analyst at Energy Policy Group (Romania)
Chi Kong Chyong, Director of Energy Policy Forum at the University of Cambridge (UK/Ukraine)
Oktay Tanrisever, Editor, Energy and Diplomacy Journal, Professor at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Moderator: Adelina Marini, Founder and Editor-in-chief of euinside (Bulgaria)

"NEW FORMS OF JOURNALISM: WORKING IN CONFLICT ZONES AND DURING AN INFORMATION WAR"

Check out the full recording of our event “New forms of journalism: working in conflict zones and during an information war” which took place on 18 March 2015 below:

"25 YEARS FREE BULGARIA"

The initiative “25 years free Bulgaria”, organized by Sofia Platform under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, had the aim to commemorate the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall. As part of the initiative the Bulgarian National Television made a series of six short documentary movies “Open dossiers” which tell the stories of six people who were repressed under the communist regime in Bulgaria. You can watch them all below:

On the occasion of the initiative “25 Years Free Bulgaria” we interviewed Bulgarian and foreign participants. The interviewees range from politicians and political analysts to NGO representatives. Watch:

- Craig Kennedy, President of the German Marchall Fund of the USA
- István Gyarmati, President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition
- Stjepan Mesić, former President of Croatia (2000-2010)
- Dimitrij Rupel, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
- Janusz Bugajski, Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis
- Julian Popov, Chairman of the Board of the Building Performance Institute in Europe
- Ján Čarnogurský, Prime Minister of Slovakia (1991 – 1992)

2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

View the discussions which took place during our 2013 Annual Conference here: