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Petar Gramatikov, Editor in Chief The European Times NEWS
Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporter. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He has been teaching lectures in the area of Biblical Hebrew Language, Biblical Archaeology, introduction and interpretation of the Holy Scripture of the Old Testament, and Church History.
He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states.
Dr. Gramatikov also has experience as a director of the Diocese Department for Culture and Education Coordination of all educational and cultural activities at the church diocese of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and media management. As a Director, he has been in charge of the coordination of educational and cultural activities, dissemination of information to the press prior to public appearances, and cultural patrimony and education-related events.
In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years of Media experience where he holds a position as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
2005-2021: Membership at the Union of Bulgarian Journalists.
2005 Oct.-2006 March: Accreditation as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
May 2007 – January 2009 Editor-in-chief of a periodical Director of quarterly edition- “Club Orpheus” magazine/”ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv
2007-2021: Membership at the Fellowship of the Bulgarian writers in Plovdiv.
EDUCATION & ACADEMY
Doctorate / Ph.D. in Theology (General Church history) from Orthodox Theological Faculty, Veliko Tarnovo University “St. st. Cyril and Methodius”. Doctoral Thesis Title: “The Council of Philippopolis and Arianism in the East”
September 1993 – September 1994 Teacher in Old Testament (topics in the area of Biblical Archaeology. Introduction and interpretation of the Holy Scripture of the Old Testament) at Theological Seminary “St. st. Cyril and Methodius”, Plovdiv
February 1992 – October 1995 Honorary Assistant at the Chair of Old Testament (Conducting lectures in the area of Biblical Hebrew Language, Biblical Archaeology. Introduction and interpretation of the Holy Scripture of the Old Testament) Theological Faculty of Sofia University “St. Clement of Ochrida”.
September 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011, Hon. Assistant in “History of Christianity”, at the Department of Orthodox Church Music, Chair “Theory and History of Music” at the Faculty Pedagogy of Music/Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts
Work experience at various academic and public institutions and organizations:
May 1994 – October 1995; July 1999 – May 2000 Director of the Department for Culture and Education – Metropolitanate of Plovdiv
November 2009 – present Chief expert in Religious questions Municipality of Plovdiv, Directorate of Social Policy
September 2008 – May 2009Hon. Assistant Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Hebrew University of Plovdiv “Paisiy Hilendarski”, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Department
August 2000 – August 2002 Secretary of the Diocese of Metropolitanate of Veliko Tarnovo the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
1996-2017: Member of the International Federation for Pastoral Care of Hard of Hearing People.
1996-2021: Co-founder and chairman of the “Dialogue Centre – Bulgaria”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (society for inter-church and interfaith dialogue and research on neo-sectarian and cult front-organisations).
1997– 2007: Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television.
1999: Co-founder of the interdenominational not-for-profit organization “Christian Association – Plovdiv”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
2006–2007: Member of the Ethical Commission at the District Mental Institution in Plovdiv.
2010-2014: Member of the Boarding Committee of the E.I.I.R. (International and Interconfessional Association for Meetings of Monks and Nuns).
2013-2016 (11.05. Termination of appointment): Director, The All Faiths Network, London, United Kingdom.
2014-2021: URI Europe Global Council Trustee of United Religions Initiatives.
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