‘Today, we are launching an educational initiative that through training will enhance the capacity of the political environment and ensure sustainability and quality in the process of creating political and civic leaders,’ said Prof. Antoaneta Hristova at the opening of the Institute of Politics in Plovdiv today.

‘It is a very high goal because the development of the democratic system in our country increasingly outlines the great division between citizens and politicians, citizens and institutions. The division and the lack of perspective lead to terminal 2 and to demographic catastrophe’, she noted.

Guests at the opening were Krasimir Valchev, Minister of the Education and Science; Ognyan Zlatev, the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria; Academician Julian Revalski,President of BAS; Menda Stoyanova, MP from GERB and Milena Damianova.

Minister Valchev congratulated the Institute and focused that societies look for effective political leaders to entrust their development.

‘The EU is experiencing turbulent times and in the discussions in what Europe we want to live in, it is important for the citizens to participate. I am hopeful that prepared Political Leaders by the Institute will participate, too.’ said Ognyan Zlatev.

‘It is our national responsibility to support initiatives such as the Institute of Politics and this is a good reason to see that there are issues on which politicians can reach consensus

One of them is good education,’ Acad Revalski said. BAS is a partner of the Institute of Politics together with the Institute for Population and Human Studies.

On Monday there starts the first session of the Political Leaders training program.

Lecturers of the young politicians will be Prof. Antoaneta Hristova, Prof. Ekaterina Mihaylova, Prof. Mihail Konstantinov, Prof. Lyubomir Stoykov, Kalin Georgiev, Dr. Georgi Prodanov, Radoslav Tochev, Hristo Mutafchiev, Ernestina Shinova, Desislava Bileva, Eng. Nikolay Valev, Chavdar Kiskinov.

The topics of the first session will include history of political ideas, political marketing research, constitutional law, religion and politics, public communication, electoral systems, work on operational programs, organization and functioning of political parties, culture management, national and internal security, stage behaviour.

The ‘Political Leaders’ program includes 5 sessions for one week and will be held in different cities every other month.

The program is designed as a policy-maker in France, the United Kingdom and the United States with a strong focus on practice. The lectures from Bulgaria are well-known experts and foreign lecturers will join the next sessions.

‘The major goal of the Institute is to create a national elite political education’, Prof. Hristova said.