10.30 – 11.20 Opening
Rossen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria (2012 – 2017)
Ekaterina Zakharieva, Foreign Minister of Bulgaria
11.30 – 12.30 Panel I: Strategies for changing people’s minds
Ralitsa Kovacheva, Sofia University
Nelly Ognyanova, Media Law expert, Sofia University
Marjory van den Broeke, Deputy spokesperson at European Parliament and Head of the press unit
Moderator: Assen Grigorov, Journalist
12.40 – 13.40 Panel II. The Mechanics of the elections under attack
Peter Wolf, International IDEA
Dimitar Dimitrov, Central Election Commission
Thomas Chanussot, IFES
Alexander Shlyk, Head of Election Department, OSCE/ODIHR
Moderator: Daniel Stefanov, ECFR
13.40 – 14.00 Closing remarks
Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR Deputy Director and Head of Sofia Office
European Council on Foreign Relations, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and The European Parliament Liaison Office in Bulgaria, are organizing a conference on “The Threat of Foreign Interference: European Elections 2019”.
The foreign interference in elections is a very dangerous tool used by unethical global actors. The threats were already analysed and processed by countries like Germany, France, and the Netherlands who audited their election process and took effective measures to guard their publics from misinformation. However, many European member states like Bulgaria remain unprepared for those threats.
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We look forward to seeing you!
ECFR Sofia team