Bulgaria in Europe is an assessment of Bulgaria's progress toward fulfilling the economic and political criteria for accession to the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The point of departure for this volume was the Bulgaria in Europe conference, a meeting organized in Sofia by the Kokkalis Program on Southeast and East-Central Europe at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and by the Kokkalis Foundation of Athens.
The meeting was held just five months before NATO’s Prague Summit, where Bulgaria was invited to join NATO. Bulgaria stood on the threshold of the new millennium, with several challenges looming on the horizon, and the conference aimed to explore the country’s geopolitical environment and its international and domestic strategic agenda in relation to EU and NATO enlargement.
Contributors include Bulgaria's former president, its deputy prime minister, its deputy foreign minister, and distinguished experts from Europe and the United States, including Jeffrey Sachs (Harvard/Columbia University), Laza Kekic (Economist Intelligence Unit), Dimitris Kourkoulas (Delegation of the European Commission in Bulgaria), Elisabetta Falcetti (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. (the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University).