The Bulgarian and European point of view: The Macedonian Referendum
On October the 11th, the International Research Student Association attended the event: “"The Bulgarian and European Viewpoint: The Macedonian Referendum.”.On the idea of Vasil Georgiev and Alexander Kiossev, first-degree colleagues were invited to receive up-to-date information about what is happening in Macedonia. The event was organized by the European Council for Foreign Policy (ESF) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. It was divided into two panels, and interesting guests were invited: Andrea Stoykovski, member of the negotiating team with the EU, Skopje; Peter Bogoyesky, former Deputy Secretary General of VMRO-DPMNE; Rosen Plevniev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017); Ognian Minchev, Institute for Regional and International Studies and others. The discussion was divided into two panels as in the first, with representatives from Macedonia taking part. The first-person situation in our neighbour was presented in the form of a debate in which Andrea Stoykovski and Peter Bogoyesky showed what are the alternatives to Macedonia. The interesting thing in the first panel was the end of the debate - both politicians said they were supporting Macedonia on its way to the EU.The second part was devoted to Bulgaria's position on the ongoing referendum in Macedonia, in which Bulgaria said that our neighbour has our full support. The importance of the Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia was highlighted as an important factor, leaving the enmities in the past and as a step forward towards the common future.