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Bulgaria

The European Institute (as an applicant organisation) has so far implemented 3 Jean Monnet grants starting in 2012 with the “Europe Class” project and participated as a partner or subcontractor in 2 other initiatives (“Jean-Monnet Center of Excellence for Teaching and Research on the Europeanization of the Countries of South-Eastern Europe”; JMNetwork “Towards a Citizens’ Union). EI is one of the leading Bulgarian independent policy & research associations dealing with interdisciplinary EU integration studies and has in-house and external expertise combining experienced researchers, academics/educators and practitioners with profound understanding of the integration process. Based in Sofia, the Institute has three regional branch offices in the country (Burgas, Ruse and Blagoevgrad), thus interacting and collaborating with universities, schools, professional organisations and local CSOs in other parts of the country. The Institute acted as a coordinator of the Bulgarian alliance which was part of the European Year of Citizens 2013-2014 Alliance; at regional/European level, the organisation is a member of the EPIN (European Policy Institutes Network), PASOS, the European Civic Forum, Balkan Communication Network, etc. The Institute has an agreement with Sofia University to host internships for students majoring in European Studies1, whereby average 20 interns per year are placed at the organisation for a month period each. EI also enjoys ongoing and efficient collaboration with secondary education institutions all over the country; pupils, teachers and pedagogical specialists are a traditional target group: a number of school related activities and events were held in the past years, particularly in the framework of the Europe Direct Information Centres (EI is currently hosting two EDICs in Sofia and Ruse). A number of projects were exclusively targeted at young people and pupils, including from ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups.