The event, which convened a diverse assembly of security experts, officials, and stakeholders, shed light on the evolving landscape of European security in the 21st century
The event, which convened a diverse assembly of security experts, officials, and stakeholders, shed light on the evolving landscape of European security in the 21st century

In a high-profile roundtable discussion hosted at the Vasil Levski National Military University in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgarian MEP Andrey Novakov delivered a stark message regarding Bulgaria’s urgent need to fortify its defences in the face of mounting security challenges, particularly those emanating from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The event, which convened a diverse assembly of security experts, officials, and stakeholders, shed light on the evolving landscape of European security in the 21st century.

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Novakov, a prominent voice in Bulgarian politics, emphasized the gravity of external threats confronting Bulgaria despite the nation not being engaged in any declared conflicts.

He highlighted concerns such as the presence of mines along the Black Sea coast, drone-related incidents, and foreign espionage activities, all of which he stressed as directly impacting every Bulgarian citizen.

His impassioned plea underscored the imperative for heightened readiness and proactive measures to safeguard national security interests.

Novakov drew attention to a continent-wide trend of rearmament and pointed out the increasing emphasis European nations place on bolstering defence preparedness.

Against a backdrop dominated by global events, including conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, he proposed that the European Union and NATO explore additional measures, including the possibility of sanctions and exceeding defence spending targets beyond 2% of GDP.

General Ivan Malamov, head of the Vasil Levski National Military University, echoed Novakov’s concerns, emphasizing the institution’s pivotal role as a leading authority on security matters within Bulgaria and the broader European Union.

Malamov highlighted the evolving nature of armed conflicts, driven by rapid technological advancements and shifting geopolitical dynamics, which directly impinge upon the security of European citizens.

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The roundtable discussion attracted a diverse array of attendees, reflecting the gravity of the issues under consideration.

Among the participants were Estonian MEP Riho Terras, Veliko Tarnovo Regional Governor Ivaylo Zdravkov, representatives from law enforcement agencies, cadets from the university, and national and regional security experts from Romania and beyond.

The convergence of such esteemed individuals underscored the significance of collaborative efforts in addressing the multifaceted challenges confronting European security.

As tensions continue to simmer in neighboring Ukraine and geopolitical uncertainties persist, the resounding message emanating from the roundtable discussion is one of vigilance and preparedness.

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With the specter of external threats looming large, stakeholders across Bulgaria and the European Union must remain steadfast in their commitment to fortify defenses, enhance strategic cooperation, and safeguard the collective security of the continent.

In an era defined by rapid change and persistent challenges, the imperative for proactive measures to mitigate security risks has never been more pronounced.

As Bulgaria navigates the complexities of an evolving security landscape, the insights gleaned from forums such as the roundtable discussion serve as a clarion call for unity, resilience, and unwavering resolve in safeguarding the peace and stability of the region.

 

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