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MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
GENERAL STAFF OF THE BULGARIAN ARMED FORCES
RAKOVSKI NATIONAL DEFENSE ACADEMY

Center of Military History and Lessons Learned
e-mail: [email protected]

TO: All NATO, PfP nations and EU.
DATE: October 12-16, 2009
EAPWP, TRD

I N V I T A T I O N

The Center of Military History and Lessons Learned – G. S. Rakovski Defense and Staff College will organize October 12-16, 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria, an International Conference: “National Identity and Cultural Traditions of the European Armies during XIX and XX Centuries”. The Conference is following the Program of Euro-Atlantic Partnership Working Plan 2009.

The Conference is focused on the following topics:

1. Military Organization, Armaments and Training.
2. Military Art and Battle Examples.
3. Civil Society and Armed Forces.
4. Military Symbology and Rituals.

On behalf of the Center of Military History and Lessons Learned – Rakovski National Defense Academy I have the pleasure to invite representatives of NATO, PfP nations, EU, and all other to participate in the Conference.
I look forward to meeting you and I hope that your participation will be mutually beneficial and will reveal new opportunities for our future cooperation.

Sincerely Yours,
COLONEL STANCHO STANCHEV, PhD, Chief
Center of Military History and Lessons Learned

Аnnex A

CONFERENCE: “National Identity and Cultural Traditions of the European Armies during XIX and XX Centuries”

SOFIA, BULGARIA, 12-16 OCTOBER 2009

AGENDA DRAFT

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12

08.00 – 19.0019.30 – 21.00 Arrival of participants and accommodationIce Breaking reception

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

08.00 – 09.0009.00 – 10.30 Registration OPENING SESSION

10.30 – 10.50 Coffee break
10.50 – 12.30 Plenary session 1:
12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.40 Plenary session 2:
15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Plenary session 3:
19.30 – 21.30 Official dinner
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

09.00 – 10.40 Plenary session 4:

10.40 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Plenary session 5:
12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session 6:
15.00 – 15.20 Coffee break

15:20 – 16:30 CLOSING SESSION
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

Cultural program for the foreign participants

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

Departure of the participants

Annex B
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES

1. Timeline
The Conference is a two days event scheduled for October 12-16, 2009.
2. Visas
Participants need to determine any possible visa requirements for entry in Bulgaria. After the registration, the organizers will deliver personal invitation letters to any participant, who will need it, in order to facilitate the process of issuing visas.
3. Transportation
There will be provided a bus shuttle from/to the airport by G. S. Rakovski Defense and Staff College. A conference representative will meet all participants at the Sofia Airport. If you want to use this bus shuttle, please indicate in the Registration form, and send your time, date and flight number to the e-mails, given in the Registration form by September 15th, 2009.
If you want to take taxi from the airport, you can turn to the offices, located in the public zone of the Arrival Hall.
4. Accommodation
Accommodation will be arranged at participants’ own expense. The organizers will cover accommodation costs for the duration of the conference of the participants from PfP countries. Upon request, reservations will be made in the 3-star Shipka Military Hotel, which is located within the Centre of Sofia by the Organizing Committee. Participants should specify the type of room they wish to be booked on the Registration Form.

Single Room De Luxe = 35 EU
Double room De Luxe = 60 EU

In case of special dietary, medical or other arrangements during the Conference, it should be indicated in the Registration form.

5. Administration
The Conference will take place in the Conference room of G. S. Rakovski Defence and Staff College, which is located within the Centre of Sofia (Sofia, 82 Hristo i Evlogi Georgievi Blvd.)

6. Participation:
The Conference is open to NATO, EU, PfP nations, and to representatives of all other countries. Participants are encouraged to offer briefings and papers on the above mentioned topics. The duration of the briefings must not exceed 10-15 min. A hard and an electronic version of the presentations for publication should be provided NLT September 25th, 2009.

7. Registration
The participants are kindly requested to send the enclosed Registration form NLT September 15th, 2009 to the Conference’s POC.

8. Working language
Working language of the Conference will be English.

9. Points of contact
G. S. Rakovsky Defense and Staff College
82 Georgi i Evlogii Georgievi Blvd.
1124 Sofia
Republic of Bulgaria

Lt-C. Rossitsa RUSSEVA, Ph D
Phone : (00359), (2) 92 26 695
Mobile phone : (00359), (0) 88 930 15 75
E-mail: [email protected]

Annex C
REGISTRATION FORM

“NATIONAL IDENTITY AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF THE EUROPEAN ARMIES DURING XIX AND XX CENTURIES”

(May 11 – 15, 2009, Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria)

This form should be returned NLT September 15th, 2009

G. S. Rakovsky Defense and Staff College
82 Hristo i Evlogi Georgievi Blvd.
1504 Sofia
Republic of Bulgaria
Phones: (+359-2), 92-26-695 ; (00359), (0) 88 930 15 75
E-mail: [email protected]

PARTICIPANT
[ ] Mr [ ] Mrs [ ] Ms Name:Organization:Position and/or rank:Passport number: Address:Telephone No:Fax No:E-mail:Spouses: [ ] Yes [ ] NoI will use a buss shuttle provided by G. S. Rakovski Defense and Staff College: [ ] Yes [ ] NoI need a visa: [ ] Yes [ ] No
ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
I need hotel reservation: [ ] Yes [ ] NoType of room: [ ] Single room [ ] Double roomSpecial requirements (food, etc.):Arrival date and time:Flight No:Departure data and time:Flight No:

BRIEFINGS / PAPERS
Briefing / Paper: [ ] Yes [ ] NoSubject: …………………………………………….……………………………………………..Speakers are invited to advise of any requirements for their presentation. They are also requested to provide via e-mail a file containing their briefing/report in English.

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