Bulgarian-Greek talks - Sandanski 16-18 October 2018

Bulgarian-Greek talks - Sandanski 16-18 October 2018

Program

16 OCTOBER

Arriving and accommodation of the participants

19:30 h. – Informal dinner

17 OCTOBER

9:00 – 9:30 REGISTRATION

9:30 OPENING OF THE SEMINAR

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdravko Popov, President of the Public Policy Institute;

  • Bogdan Mirtschev, Head of the Office of Hanns Seidel Foundation-Bulgaria;

  • Dr. Klaus Fiesinger, Regional Director for South-East Europe of Hanns Seidel Foundation – “The Role of German Political Foundations for the Democracy”

10:30 DEMOCRACY – PAST AND PRESENT

  • Assoc. Professor, Dr. Grigoris Zarotiadis, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – “Bourgeois Liberalism and Democracy: The Story of an Affair”

  • Assoc. Professor, Dr. Todor Todorov, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – “The Hatred of Democracy”

  • Evangelos-Alexandros Perrakis, PhD candidate, Department of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – “(Post) democracy and (Post) capitalism. Towards a Politics of the Commons”

  • Hristo Kutiev, PhD candidate, Institute for the State and Law, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty for Security Deserve Neither”

  • Ioanna Markou, PhD candidate in International Relations in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia – “Democracy Promotion and Neoliberal Economic Globalization: a Critical Approach”

  • Jordan Yankov, PhD candidate in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – “Informed Vote and the Horizon of Democracy”

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 DEMOCRACY AND EUROPEAN UNION

  • Professor Dr. Dencho Georgiev, VUB, Centre for Economic Law & Governance, Brussels – “Deficits of Democratic Legitimacy of the EU and How to Overcome Them: the Role of Solidarity and of the Rule of Law”

  • Elena Fotiadou, PhD candidate in European Law – “EU Democratic Deficit: An Old Issue Seeks New Answers”

  • Dr. Virginia Tzortzi, Adjunct Lecturer at the Law School of Democritus University of Thrace – “Rule of Law under Pressure: the Limits of Mutual Trust under the Recent Judgments of the ECJ”

16:15 COFEE BREAK

16:30 MIGRATION AND TERRORISM – THE THREATS FOR DEMOCRACY?

  • Assoc. Professor, Dr. Despoina Anagnostopoulou, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Jean Monnet Chair “New Dimensions in European Legal Studies” – “The Role of Poverty, Inequality, Social Exclusion, Migration and Terrorism for the Crisis of Democracy”

  • Professor Dr. Lyubov Mincheva, Department of Political Sciences, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – “The Crime-Terror Nexus: Dynamics of Global and Regional Illicit Markets”

  • Evangelia Dedousi, Graduate Student of the Faculty of International and European Studies (Political Studies and Diplomacy) at the University of Macedonia – “The Challenge of the Refugee Crisis: an Expression of the Existential Crisis that Democracy is Facing in Europe”

  • Emil Markov, PhD candidate in Political Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – “Migration and EU – Threat for Democracy and Christian Identity of Europe or Chance for Economic and Demographic Revival of the Continent?


20:00 OFFICIAL DINNER

18 OCTOBER

9:30 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND DEMOCRACY

  • Ambassador, Dr. Lyubomir Todorov, Public Policy Institute, Sofia – “The Challenges of Digital Democracy”

  • Stefanos Loukopoulos, Executive Director of Vouli Watch – “Rebooting Democracy: Civic Tech – Open Data – Freedom of Access to Information”

  • Stoil Tzitzelkov, Political Analyst, Board Member (representing Bulgarian Charter) of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (Brussels) – “Massive Digitalization: More Inclusive Political Process or Digital Dictatorship?”

11:30 CLOSING REMARKS AND CONCLUSIONS

12:00 LUNCH

13:00 DEPARTURE OF THE PARTICIPANTS

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