A public discussion on this subject took place on January 18th, in Sofia Hotel Balkan. Ten years after the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union and just months before the first Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council,

PanEuropa Bulgaria with the support of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute, the Representation of the European Commission in Sofia and the Foundation "Konrad Adenauer" organized the event, which discussed the current topic "The European Union During the Maltese Presidency and Where Bulgaria stands". The audience in the crowded hall had the opportunity to hear speeches by guest speakers like: H. E. prof. Lino Bianco, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Malta in Bulgaria and Romania and Ambassador Lyubomir Ivanov, director of the National Centre for the preparation and conduct of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council in 2018.

Ambassador Bianco presented the priorities of the Maltese presidency, with which ends the presidential trio of Netherlands-Slovakia-Malta.

Ambassador Ivanov provided information about the process of Bulgaria's preparation for the EU presidency in the early 2018.

The event was broadcasted live via the online channels PanEuropa Bulgaria.

In 2017 PanEuropa Bulgaria celebrates 90 years.

This was underlined by Ms. Gergana Passy, ​​chairman of the organization during the event. The Bulgarian section of the international pan-European movement was founded in 1927 by prof. Ivan Shishmanov - eminent philologist, writer, university lecturer and politician who headed the Bulgarian delegation to the founding conference of PanEuropa in Vienna, Austria in 1926.

On March 13th, 1927 in Sofia was held the Constituent Assembly of the Bulgarian section of the Pan-European Union, whose chairman became prof. Ivan Shishmanov. Among the participants stand out names of famous Bulgarian intellectuals, politicians and public figures.

PanEuropa Bulgaria represents the principles and values ​​of the International Pan-European Union by promoting peace, respect for human rights and suggesting the idea of ​​European integration. It aims to contribute to the development and promotion of the values ​​of civil society and to mediate in creating a community that shares common views on the whole, a free and democratic Europe.

PanEuropa Bulgaria was restored in 2002 by Mrs. Gergana Passy, ​​who has since then been the president of the organization.

Photos provided by PanEuropa Bulgaria.

Above: Mrs. Gergana Pasy, Chairman of PanEuropa Bulgaria.

1. H. E. prof. Lino Bianco, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Malta in Bulgaria and Romania
2. Mr. Lyubomir Ivanov, director of the National Centre for the preparation and conduct of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council in 2018
3. Among the guests were ambassadors, politicians, top administration officials, students