Bulgaria, as a new member of the EU and as direct neighbor, has its role to play in this process. But in order to have a constructive dialogue about the future of Turkey in Europe, one should avoid two mistakes which are frequently made in Bulgaria
- focus on the 5 centuries of Ottoman occupation;
- focus on the internal political level and especially on the Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
It is common in Bulgaria to refer to this two issues when talking about Turkey's accession to the EU. The aim of this debate is to avoid them and to talk about the future. After the European Parliament’s Recent Draft Resolution on Turkey wrote by MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten (here), what is the role of Bulgaria towards the accession of Turkey to the EU?
The participants are:Mrs Gergana Passy, President of Pan-Europa BulgariaMr Mehmet T. Gücük, Turkish Ambassador to BulgariaMr Andrey Kovatchev, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European FederalistsMr Antony Galabov, SociologistMr Yavor Datchkov, Journalist
Moderator: Hristo Anasstassov (Courrier de la Bulgarie)
For more information, please contact Alexandre Nedeltchev, General Secretary of Cafe Babel Sofia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When : February 26 / 11 am
Where: the EU Information Centre, 9 Moskovska Street