Atlantic Club in Bulgaria (ACB)

Atlantic Club in Bulgaria (ACB) The formation of the ACB in 1991 was triggered by a parliamentary speech by Dr. Solomon Passy M.P. in August 1990. Institutional web address: www.atlantic-club.org The ACB is the first and only pro-Atlantic NGO formed on the territory of the then Warsaw Pact with the constitutional aim to promote its dissolution and the accession of New Europe to NATO and EU. Between 1990-2007 ACB played crucial role in building mutual trust and confidence between the Euro-Atlantic community and Bulgaria, which evolved into Bulgaria’s memberships in NATO and EU. ACB was the first member of the Atlantic Treaty Association, ATA, invited by a non-NATO member state (1992). ACB was also among the key actors which brought about the establishment of Bulgarian-American Joint Military Facilities on the country’s territory in 2006. Bulgaria’s accession documents, both with NATO and EU were negotiated by Foreign Minister Solomon Passy (2001-2005), who was at that period Honorary President of ACB. Serving as the principle foreign policy think-tank in Bulgaria, the ACB has hosted hundreds of speakers such as acting Heads of States and Governments, statesmen and leaders of international organizations as well as Nobel Prize winners. Today the ACB is dedicated to promotion of e-democracy globally and Bulgaria’s engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Euro-Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century. ACB is focused on introducing new technologies on the territory of the EU and worldwide viewing them as a driving force for fostering and spreading democracy worldwide. ACB triggered the discussion for the transformation of the whole EU territory into a free Wi-Fi zone, the elaboration of a national legal framework on space exploration, and Bulgaria’s membership in the European Space Agency. In addition, ACB is a vigorous promoter of the adoption of a common European Defence policy and of the further federalisation of the EU. Based on its 20 years of experience in promoting Atlantic values and Euro-Atlantic cohesion, ACB is now focusing its attention on the process of globalization over the next 20 years. Their new mission is to involve the youth in transforming the Alliance into the global security actor in 21st Century. It is also the ACB’s academic and political mission to support and promote the relationship between NATO, the EU, Russia and China as well as to reach out to Africa and Latin America. Keeping its profile as visionary think-tank, ACB has recently launched a program to contribute to developing foundations for space law. ACB is an active proponent of Bulgaria’s inclusion into the OECD, as well as being a proponent of the creation of a common European Defense policy and Anti-Missile Defense Shield in Europe. ACB has the capacity and expertise to organize, communicate and conduct workshops, summer schools and other public events. Three of the most recent projects of ACB are: – Advanced Research Workshop “Encouraging Cyber Defence Awareness in the Balkans” (17-19 March 2015, Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia) with the support of NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. – Summer School “NATO after the Summit 2014: New Challenges and Concerns” (30 May – 7 June 2015, Smolyan, Bulgaria) with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division, organizes for a second consecutive year NATO summer school in Bulgaria. – The first in Bulgaria “Summer School on Security Questions” (1-7 June 2014). It was organized under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the special support of NATO. The participants in the school were young people from over 16 countries.