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The language of European law is the basis of the oldest specialized master's program in Bulgaria

The international francophone program "EU Law" at Sofia University has been supporting the European integration of the country for 17 years

Facebook /Faculty of Law of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

In the midst of this year's student candidate campaign, the question what the most desired major at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski” would be, sounds like a rhetorical one. In the past four years, the undisputed number one choice in the wishes of future graduates is "Law" at the Faculty of Law of the oldest and most prestigious university in Bulgaria.

The speciality is one of the few to date that directly provides Master’s degree after five years of study. Of course, the Faculty of Law of the Sofia University (SU) also offers several separate master's programs for graduates with Bachelor's degree from other specialities. One such program is the oldest specialized international program in this country – "European Union Law". It was created in the year of Bulgaria's accession to the community – 2007, based on an agreement between the "St. Kliment Ohridski" University and Université de Lorraine (which today unites the European University Center in Nancy and Metz, France), with the participation of the University of Strasbourg, and is carried out under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria and with the support of the Embassy of France in Bulgaria.

The program is the only highly qualified educational program in this country and the region, focused on the law of the European Union, which turns the Sofia University into a leading centre for training specialists in the field of European integration in our country. Graduate from the University of Nancy Associate Professor of European Union Law Dr. Hristo Hristev has been part of the program since its inception and is its head today.

"The program is the largest master's program of Sofia University. At the moment, 38 people are studying in it. But in the first years after our accession to the European Union, the number of students was over 100, as in some years the number reached up to 140-150 colleagues. Mainly Bulgarian students are trained in the program, but in recent years we also have students from Ukraine, Moldova and other countries. I call them students, but the truth is that most of them are colleagues who already have a law degree or another master's degree and respectively need this additional qualification in connection with certain specific needs of their professional activity. For example, quite a few magistrates have passed through the program, including a number of judges from the Supreme Administrative C