European Defense - the Way Forward

A joint conference with the Sofia Security Forum under the patronage of the Chairman of the Defense Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Gen. (ret.) Constantin Popov. Bulgarian politicians from different sides of the political spectrum will debate the Bulgaria’s approach to the future of the European security and defense. Prominent international speakers will share their assessments.



         Under the Patronage of the Chairman of the Defense Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Gen. (ret.) Constantin Popov



"European Defense - the Way Forward"

23 April 2019

Central Military Club, Sofia Bulgaria

Working languages: Bulgarian and English (simultaneous translation)


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee


09:30 – 09:45 Opening


Thorsten Geißler, Director, Sofia Office of the Konrad

Adenauer Foundation

Yordan Bozhilov, President of Sofia Security Forum


09:45 - 10:00


Keynote address:


Gen. /ret./ Constantin Popov, Chairman of the Defense Committee, Bulgarian Parliament


10:00 - 11:00          First Panel:

The European Defense: Bulgarian perspective(s)


Dr. Georgi Krastev, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. (Confirmed)

Col. Nikolay Nikolov, Head of Department, MOD, Bulgaria

Boyko Noev, Minister of Defense (1994 – 1995), (1999 – 2001)

Angel Naydenov, Minister of Defense (2013 – 2014)




Moderator: Ms. Monika Panayotova, Vice-President,Sofia Security Forum


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee - break



11:30 – 13:30 Second Panel:

“Europe between the risks and Opportunities, ideas and realities”

Presentations by:

Mr. Heinrich Brauss, German Council on Foreign Relations, former Assistant NATO Secretary General

Oleksandr Khara, Maidan of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine

Iulian Chifu, Director, Centre for Early Warning and Conflict Prevention, Romania.

Velizar Shalamanov




Moderatior: Mr. Yordan Bozhilov, President, Sofia Security Forum


13:30                      Lunch




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