Sofia Platform

Sofia Platform organizes high-level conferences that look from different angles at the transition process and tackle salient political issues and topics.
So far over 600 speakers and participants have attended the meetings including Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN, Jerzy Buzek, former President of the EP and former PM of Poland, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Burhan Ghalioun, the first Chairman of the SNC, Carl Bildt, MFA of Sweden, János Martonyi, MFA of Hungary, Dimitris P. Droutsas, former MFA of Greece, Zhelyu Zhelev, the first democratically elected president of Bulgaria, Ibrahim Al-Koni, Libyan writer, Ahmed Makky, Minister of justice of Egypt, Wael Abbas, internationally renowned Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist, Wadah Khanfar, Co-Founder of Al-Sharq Forum and former Director General of Al Jazeera Network, Mustafa Akyol, Political Commentator and Author, to name only few of them. Another 3 000 viewers have partaken in the conferences through the live stream available at the website.

OCTOBER 2013, SOFIA: Sofia Platform 4
Agenda Sofia Platform 2013
With this year’s edition of the Sofia Platform we want to take a snapshot of the current state of play in the countries of the MENA region in terms of progress of the ongoing transformations. The comparative perspective is again the core of the sessions. The experience of Central and Eastern Europe, including mistakes, wrong choices and steps not taken, has proven throughout the years to be a helpful starting point for a mutually enriching exchange of views, experience and know-how.
Two years after the popular uprisings that will go in the history books as the Arab Spring, nothing in the MENA region looks the way it should. But skepticism is as predictable as misguiding. And a total political reset is as desirable as utopian. Every surge for democracy over the decades has been followed by moments of uncertainty along with questioning the functionality of democratic values and governance. Today none of the countries that embraced the transition to democracy two and a half years ago is comparable to the others, but neither can be described as stable or clearly democratically. While in Syria Assad's regime triggered a full-scale civil war with terrible humanitarian consequences and no political solution in sight, in Egypt the democratic institutions were seized by the military and the ultimate goal of the transition is under threat. Tunisia faces social and economic challenges, among which notably the unemployed and strikingly disengaged youth; while Yemen is on the verge of a humanitarian collapse with more than half of the population in need of relief aid. 

DECEMBER 2011, Sofia: Justice in Times of Transition

DECEMBER 2011, Sofia: Justice in Times of Transition

MAY 2011, Sofia: Sofia Platform: Political Reforms, Transparency and Anticorruption, Civil Society and Free Media

Period: May 2011 - November 2013
Coordinators: Anna Ganeva
Financing Organisations: Balkan Trust for Democracy; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Leading partners: Sofia Platform
European Union