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The Liberty Summit

The Liberty Summit

Liberty Summit: Sofia

Changes for true democracy and prosperity in Bulgaria

22 March 2019  |  National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

As with a number of Central European countries that have emerged from totalitarian rule, Bulgaria has struggled to become in name a constitutional and democratic state. Like many post-soviet nations, Bulgaria is primed for the development of free-market ideas, true democracy, and the rule of law and capitalism. This Summit aims to spark the changes needed for true democracy and prosperity in Bulgaria.

Democracy is the best and fairest system of government that man has so far devised, its principles allowing citizens to flourish and fulfil their own potentials. It is one of the most fundamental and important principles of the centre-right and as a result, it is of vital importance that the centre-right movement encourages and supports nations that are still making the shift.

A vital component of democracy is free and fair elections in which citizens can take to the ballot box without overhangs of corruption. Today, corruption can take the form of state-influenced press, coercion and crony capitalism. This Summit will give an opportunity to reaffirm ideological foundations of democracy, constitutionalism and personal liberty through free elections and the rule of law.

Ideology in Europe has become overshadowed by a colder political pragmatism. While pragmatism is an important value for conservatives, it must not completely overtake the other principles that work to create the centre-right ideology. If it does, we risk the extremes of right and left moving in to fill the void left by a lack of intellect and emotion in politics and for this reason, there is a greater need than ever for the continual re-articulation of the centre-right ideology - an ideology that protects and allows people to thrive.

This Summit aims to support the country’s goals for political and economic reforms that will empower the country’s relationship within the EU and the West, and to help develop a truer democracy where the rule of law can replace crony capitalism, corruption and poverty, and in their place provide the structures for the stability and prosperity of the Bulgarian people.

ACRE

Liberty Summit: Sofia

LOCATION

National Palace of Culture - Sofia

ACRE

Liberty Summit: Sofia

SPEAKERS

Jan Zahradil MEP

ACRE President, Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, European Parliament

web    @ZahradilJan


Jan Zahradil is a Czech politician for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and the president of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe - ACRE. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since the Czech Republic entered the European Union in 2004. Zahradil also served as Member of Parliament for Prague from 1998 to 2004. In his current third term at the European Parliament, Zahradil is a member of the international trade committee, serving as its Deputy Chairman. He was one of the founding members of the euro-realist ECR group, which went on to become the third largest group in the European Parliament in 2014. In March of 2011 he was elected the ECR President, thus becoming the first Czech MEP ever to have become leader of an EP group.

Jan Zahradil MEP

ACRE President, Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, European Parliament

bio    web    @ZahradilJan

Nikolay Barekov MEP

Founder of the Bulgarian political party Reload BG

@NBarekov


Nikolay Barekov is a Bulgarian journalist, politician, and businessman. Barekov majored in Bulgarian philology, specializing in TV journalism. His career as a radio journalist began in 1992, when he joined the "Kanal Kom" radio in Plovdiv. Between 2003 and 2010, Barekov presented the morning segment on the BTV channel. He subsequently hosted a number of shows on TV7. On 25 January 2014, Barekov founded the Bulgaria without Censorship (now called Reload BG), which participated in the 2014 European elections as part of a coalition bloc with the right-wing IMRO and other smaller parties, earning two seats in the European Parliament.

Nikolay Barekov MEP

Founder of the Bulgarian political party Reload BG

bio    @NBarekov

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive


Milsom leads the growth and engagement efforts of the fastest growing European political party, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.  He leads ACREs work in reinforcing its presence across Europe, and beyond. He is a seasoned political consultant and expert with extensive experience in government, public policy and strategic communications. Prior to his political work, he was a successful businessman. He holds a university degree from the university of Cambridge.

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive

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Nikolina Angelkova

Minister of Tourism, Bulgaria


Nikolina Angelkova is a graduate from Harvard Business School.  From 2005 to 2007 she was adviser to the head of the Bulgarian delegation in the EPP Group in the European Parliament. There she worked in the field of regional development, transport and environmental issues. She was, from 2011 up to 2013, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in charge of European affairs, relations with international institutions, European Territorial Cooperation and Strategic Planning of Regional Development. She was Minister of Tourism from November 2014 to January 2017 and from May 2017 ongoing.

Nikolina Angelkova

Minister of Tourism, Bulgaria

bio    

Emil Karanikolov

Economy Minister, Bulgaria


Emil Karanikolov has a Master of Law from the University of National and World Economy with additional qualification in the field of Financial Management. From 2004 to 2010 he occupied the position of jurist in the direction "Legal and regulatory services" in Sofia’s Municipality. Between January 2010 and May 2010, he was director of "Administrative Control, Regional Development and State Property" in the Regional Administration of Sofia. From 2010 to 2017 he was the Executive director of the Agency for Privatization and Post-Privatization Control. Mr Karanikolov was appointed Minister of Economy on May 4th, 2017 by the 44th National Assembly.

Emil Karanikolov

Economy Minister, Bulgaria

bio    

Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky

Secretary General of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions

@NevaSadikoglu


Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky is the Secretary-General of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the EUs political assembly of local and regional representatives (European Committee of the Regions). She helped form the Group in 2013 and has been the Secretary-General since then. She now provides strategic advice and support to the Group’s presidency and manages the work of its secretariat. Previously, she worked in the European Parliament as a policy advisor. Her EU career began in 2010 in the Enlargement Strategy Unit of the European Commission’s former Enlargement Directorate-General.

Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky

Secretary General of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions

bio    @NevaSadikoglu

Dr. Borislav Tsekov

Member of the Legal Council of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria


Borislav Tsekov is a constitutional lawyer and political analyst. Member of the Legal Council of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and Member of the Ombudsman’s Council on Constitutional Affairs. He, previously, served as Member of Parliament (2001-2005), Ombudsman's Secretary-General (2005-2010) and National President of the World Jurist Association (1999-2015). He is the Founder of the Institute of Modern Politics. He also authored an extensive body of legal research publications on constitutional law, as well as many analysis on political and legislative issues in the press.

Dr. Borislav Tsekov

Member of the Legal Council of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

bio    

Johan Nissinen

Member of the Swedish Parliament


Johan Nissinen studied economics at Linnaeus University in Växjö . In 2014, he was elected to the Swedish parliament for the northern and eastern constituencies of Skåne. Mr. Nissinen is deputy in the Council of Europe's Swedish delegation and an ordinary member of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and the Media, as well as a replacement for the Committee on Migration and Refugees.

Johan Nissinen

Member of the Swedish Parliament

bio    

Javier Garcia Martin

Member of VOX's Political council and Foreign Relations Department


Javier is an active member of the Spanish right-wing VOX political party since its inception. He is part of the Political Council and the Foreign Relations department. His professional background as an entrepreneur is in human resources and organizational development. After spending over thirty years abroad, he returned to Spain where he was shocked with the socio political damage inflicted by Mr. Zapatero’s socialist party, followed by Mr. Rajoy’s popular party. He decided to take action and joined VOX in 2014.

Javier Garcia Martin

Member of VOX's Political council and Foreign Relations Department

bio    

Eli Hazan

Foreign Affairs Director, Likud Party, Israel

@realEliHazan


Eli Hazan is the Director of the Foreign Affairs at the Likud Party. In his capacity, he brings the voice of the State of Israel and the free market principles to a global audience  
Hazan is also a lecturer for politics and served in the past as a parliamentary assistant to the chairman of the Likud and as an advisor to the minister of education. He was a regular columnist for the daily newspaper Israel Hayom.

Eli Hazan

Foreign Affairs Director, Likud Party, Israel

bio    @realEliHazan

Adri Nurellari

Political Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo


Adri Nurellari is a political advisor to the President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo, Mr. Kadri Veseli. He has worked as political advisor of the Prime Minister of Albania, as a technical advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo, and as co-funder and general secretary of the Party for Justice Integration and Unity which became the fourth ranking parliamentary party in Albania. 

Adri Nurellari

Political Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo

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Dr. Polina Karastoyanova

Executive Director of the National Tourism Board Association


Dr Polina Karastoyanova was born in Plovdiv, she graduated in Economics from the University of National and World Economy and earned a second master’s degree in Mass Communications at the New Bulgarian University. She was elected as a member of parliament by the 43rd National Assembly. Dr. Karastoyanova is Chairman of the Committee on Culture and Media, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism and Head of Delegation to the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Parliamentary Assembly in the National Assembly.

Dr. Polina Karastoyanova

Executive Director of the National Tourism Board Association

bio    

Prof. Stoyan Denchev

Honorable Rector, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies Sofia


Prof. Stoyan Denchev is Honorable Rector of the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies in Sofia and chairman at the Library Union of Bulgaria. He is a Former member of the National Assembly and occupied the post of Ambassador of Bulgaria in Finland. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Secretary General of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Prof. Stoyan Denchev

Honorable Rector, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies Sofia

bio    

Prof. Nicolay Radulov

Professor at the New Bulgarian University


In 1981, Professor Nicolay Radulov graduated from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior with a speciality in "Public Order and Security Management". He then earned his PhD at the Military Academy in Sofia. From 2012 to 2014, he was an Associate Professor at New Bulgarian University and from 2014 a professor there. Professor Nikolay Radulov is a Bulgarian policeman, a professor and was chief secretary of the Ministry of Interior during the government of Ivan Kostov.

Prof. Nicolay Radulov

Professor at the New Bulgarian University

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Plamen Grozdanov

Chairman of “Made in Bulgaria”


Plamen Ivanov Grozdanov was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Russian Federation from October, 2006 to April, 2012. He graduated in University of National and World Economy in Sofia. Now is a chairman of the largest union of Bulgarian entrepreneurs in the field of goods and services: “Made in Bulgaria”.

Plamen Grozdanov

Chairman of “Made in Bulgaria”

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Dimitar Chobanov

Economist


Dimitar Chobanov is a Bulgarian economist and financier. He is a member of the Institute for Market Economics and of the Institute for New Economic Progress.

Dimitar Chobanov

Economist

bio    

Stefan Simeonov

Professor at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies


Prof. Stefan Simeonov was born in 1954 in Sliven, he graduated from Sofia University where he later earned a PhD in Economics. He taught, for over 30 years, to the cadets at the Interior Ministry's Academy. Professor Simeonov is a security and security services specialist. He has authored more than one hundred publications and numerous books on the subject. He is now teaching at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies.

Stefan Simeonov

Professor at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

bio    

ACRE

Liberty Summit: Sofia

AGENDA

14.00

 Opening by Richard Milsom, ACRE Chief Executive & Dr. Borislav Tsekov

14.05

Keynote by Jan Zahradil MEP, ACRE Lead Candidate

14.20

Keynote by Nikolay Barekov MEP, Reload Bulgaria Party Leader

14.35

Keynote by Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy

14.55

Keynote by Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism

15:10

Panel Discussion on Economy, Tourism, Jobs and Regions

Moderator: Plamen Grozdanov

Speakers: Johan Nissinen, Javier Garcia Martin, Nikolina Angelkova, Dr. Polina Karastoyanova and Dimitar Chobanov.

15.55

Coffee Break

16.25

Panel Discussion on Security, Defence, Russia and the EU

Moderator: Prof. Stoyan Denchev

Speakers: Eli Hasan, Adri Nurellari, Prof. Stefan Simeonov, Prof. Nikolay Radulov.

17.10

Keynote Speech by Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky, Secretary General ECR Group in CoR & ACRE Women's Movement And Richard Milsom, ACRE Chief Executive

17.20

Closing Remarks, Jan Zahradil MEP, ACRE Lead Candidate 

17.25

Closing Remarks, Nikolay Barekov MEP, Reload Bulgaria Party Leader