Seventh International conference “The next seven years of the European Union” 28-29 May 2020, Sofia

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

European Studies Department, Faculty of Philosophy

“Jean Monnet” Center of Excellence

And the “Hanns Seidel” Foundation


Seventh International conference “The next seven years of the European Union”

28-29 May 2020, Sofia

Venue: Conference Hall of the House of Europe in Bulgaria Sofia, „G.S. Rakovski” Str. 124

There is a widespread understanding in Bulgaria, Europe and around the world, that the first seven years are the most important for the growth and upbringing of a child. This is the time when the child builds itself up as a person and learns to understand and perceive the surrounding world. In the European Union, not only the first seven, but also every subsequent seven years, are important.

The next Multiannual Financial Framework is to be developed and implemented in the period 2021-2027. Under the new financial framework, the EU plans to continue to fund its key priorities, such as the cohesion and the agricultural policy, the construction of the transport networks and the protection of the environment. Over the next seven-year period, it is planned to intensify funding priorities such as digitization, science and research, defense and more. 

The main objective of the conference is to exchange ideas and stimulate debate on the future development of the European Union. The four panels are planned as follows:

• Ideas for the future development of the EU

• EU Fifth Freedom: Freedom of Information

• EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy

• European identity and culture

The conference is designed mainly for professors and researchers from EU Member States, from candidate or potential candidate countries for EU membership or from countries that are part of the European Neighborhood Policy. The event is open to representatives from other countries as well.  

Important deadlines:

  • Deadline for submitting an application form: 31 January 2020 Application forms should be sent to the following e-mail address: Download an application form
  • Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision on Conference participation by 25 February 2020
  • Deadline for submission of the paper for the selected applications: 25 April 2020

The papers of the participants will be published in Conference proceedings after a reviewing procedure.