Europe and the Euro-Challenge by H.E. Mr. Philippe Autié

When:   25 January, 2012, 19:15
Where:  Andrey Delchev Auditorium

The French Ambassador to Bulgaria Philippe Autie will discuss Europe and the challenges in front of the common currency of the Eurozone with students from the American University in Bulgaria. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 7:15 PM in the “Balkanski” Academic Center on Skaptopara Campus. This is the second lecture, jointly organized by AUBG and the “Balkanski-Panitza” Institute for Advanced Studies.

Dimitar Bechev opened the series of lectures last week. He talked about the crisis in Europe and the possible ways out of it. Bechev emphasized on the recent outbreak of the so-called euro-skepticism. According to him, Europe is currently suffering not only from unresolved economic problems, but also from the lack of strong political center and cultural ties. “Most importantly, there has to be solidarity between the member countries”, Professor Bechev said. In his opinion, the current policies of major cuts in expenditures should not be viewed as a universal cure for a better future. Professor Bechev added that the crisis will force Europe to make the changes, needed to adjust itself to the ever-changing economic and political world. He finished the talk with optimism: “Stronger and united we will survive”.

The Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Studies is an international non-profit body dedicated to the promotion of excellence in sciences, humanities and social studies. IAS scholarly activities are with a special geographical focus on the Black Sea and the Silk Road regions. Established by prominent European and American academics gathered in Fourges, France, on 20 June 2011, the Institute is an autonomous association bringing together institutional and individual members.

The organization’s mission is to foster state-of-the art research across disciplines by providing an intellectually stimulating environment and resources to both established and early-career scholars. It seeks to make a lasting contribution to the advancement of sciences and technology in Bulgaria and its wider region. This is carried out in partnerships with academic institutions, including other advanced studies centres, the NGO sector, government agencies, businesses, international as well as with the EU bodies and programs supporting scientific research. IAS convenes a wide range of research events and hosts visiting senior and junior fellows.