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Lyubomir Kyuchukov, Director of the Economics and International Relations Institute

Georgi Pirinski, Member of European Parliament, Program Director of the Solidarity Society Foundation

Regine Schubert, Director of the Bulgaria Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Is there an alternative to confrontation in the Black Sea region? Could a potentially eruptive region engage into the path of de-escalation of tension? Is dialogue possible between confronting states – and could a peaceful solution be found without a dialogue? Is cooperation unthinkable alongside numerous frozen – and… Прочети повече

Varna Forum 2.0: „The Black Sea: confrontation or cooperation“

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you today.

The Varna Forum’s motto is ‘Thinking Together’.

To that, I would like to add the European Union’s philosophy of ‘working together’.

In the European Union, we believe that challenges are best overcome by working with, not against each other. This spirit is encoded in the very DNA of our common European project.

And one area where we… Прочети повече

Michael Christides, Secretary-General, Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of        the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Organisation

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to thank the organizers, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and my old friend, Minister Georgi Pirinski, for honoring me with their invitation to this important event. Indeed, it is a privilege for me to address this distinguished audience on an issue of paramount importance, given the troubled and uncertain times not only the wider Black… Прочети повече

The participants in the Varna Forum 2.0 (13 – 14 May 2017) shared the view that it provided a timely and useful platform for “thinking together” on the prospects for development of the Black Sea Region (BSR) as an area of cooperation at times of changing regional and global realities. Discussions covered a broad range of subjects concerning the accumulated experience in the on‑going Black Sea cooperation, the relevance of the region in the context of EU–Eurasia interrelationships, and… Прочети повече

Georgi Pirinski,  Member of the European Parliament, Programme Director of the Solidarity Society Foundation

Radoslav Deyanov, Expert (PhD), RAD Consulting, Economics and International Relations Institute

This paper provides a number of considerations for discussion at the Varna Forum 2.0 (2017), which relate to the merits and the prospects for elaboration and adoption of a 21-st century European Macro-Regional Strategy (MRS) for the Black Sea Region[1] (BSR). The paper builds upon the proceedings of the Varna Forum… Прочети повече



Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bulgaria, Varna, Hotel Imperial


Friday, May 12, 2017


Arrival of participants/ Registration/ Check in



Saturday, May 13, 2017


Opening Remarks by

 Regine Schubert, Director, FES-Bulgaria

 Georgi Pirinski, MEP, Programme Director, SSF, Bulgaria

 Lyubomir Kyuchukov, Director, EIRI, Bulgaria

 Introductory Keynote Statements:


Michael Christides, Secretary-General, BSEC

Karmenu… Прочети повече

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