Bokova Irina - Bulgaria

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Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, European Policy Forum, Bulgaria

Irina Bokova is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the European Policy Forum Foundation in Bulgaria, and Deputy Chairman of the Council on European Integration within the New Left (a coalition of four Bulgarian political parties).

Her responsibilities include the preparation of studies, organization of conferences and seminars, and participation in various projects on EU-Bulgaria relations and economic integration, as well as issues related to regional and international security and cooperation.

In 1998, in association with the Royal Institute of International Relations, London, she prepared a study and a series of discussions on “Preparatory Steps and Potential Consequences of Bulgaria’s EU Membership”. She has since been involved in various projects monitoring Bulgaria’s EU accession process.

Since graduating with an MA in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, she has held numerous government positions, including Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations, Political Adviser to the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Bulgarian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and State Secretary on European Integration. As a member of the Commission of Foreign Policy and the Commission on Human Rights, she took part in the elaboration of the new Bulgarian Constitution

As a Ford Foundation fellow, at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, she participated in a programme on foreign policy decision-making in the United States.

As a NATO fellow on Democratic Institutions Programme for Central and Eastern Europe, she studied democratic institution building and European mechanisms mainly in the area of human rights and minorities.