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AUBG Employee Spotlight: Yordanka Noneva-Zlatkova, Legal Advisor

What is your role at AUBG?

At the beginning of 2019, I joined the AUBG team for a second time, this time as a legal advisor, so now I am going to support the university when it comes to legal matters. It is a great pleasure for me to again be able to make a difference for the development of this institution that is united in diversity.  

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I started working while still in high school and every summer I helped with administrative work in our family business that is in the field of accounting and tax advisories. Even back then, I began to focus on the law. In 2009 I started studying law at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

I was particularly interested in the European Union. The European Commission in Bulgaria announced a competition for the recruitment of young and energetic students from all fields of study to become volunteers and raise awareness of the EU in Bulgaria. This is how I joined the Youth Team Europe. Joining this team taught me a lot and helped me build strong communication and information skills.

Because of my interest in the European Union, I enrolled in the AUBG certification course for Consultants in European Projects. Following a competition, I was appointed as a coordinator of external projects at AUBG. At the same time, I was studying and graduated from Sofia University ‘’St. Kliment Ohridski’’. For a short time after graduation, I was not part of AUBG because I wanted to work in the law field.

I have always tried to be socially engaged and in 2015 I became the youngest municipal councilor in the municipality of Sandanski (2015-2019). My career continued as a director of the Economic and Investment Policy Directorate, Projects and Programs, a jurist in Sandanski municipal administration, a post-graduate student in civil law at SWU "Neofit Rilski" and then a legal advisor back at AUBG. Let's not forget, above all, I am a mother of two wonderful children.

What is the most important project you have worked on recently?

I started work at the beginning of the new year. I can not talk about the most important project yet, but for a short period of time, I have faced different and diverse cases. My greatest challenge right now is aligning the rules of the new EU regulation with the internal rules, policies, and procedures at AUBG.

What do you like most about AUBG?

The thing I like most about AUBG is the sense of community. The atmosphere, the academic idyll.

How does a normal day look like at your workplace?

It starts with a cup of tea, followed by a lot of cases that need a legal explanation, and then my two-year-old daughter’s voice on the phone saying: "Come on, Mommy, go home.’’

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Some people in this profession would point to the way we scroll through legal books and look for the hidden keys, but for me, it is the everyday dive into the ocean of legal norms and their reference to the real-life situation. The thing that's really worth it is getting dry out of the water.:)

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

With the little kids on board, my hobbies are a bit in the background, but I love to read in my spare time and to play all kind of sports, and sometimes, as strange as it may seem to me, to write poems. Of course, if I have inspiration.

What's something about you few people know?

I’m too frank and open, and I find it hard to think of something like that, but I can actually say that very few people know that I can sometimes get angry.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

I love traveling because I think any place I  go makes me a more open-minded person. I have not traveled much recently, but the last country I visited was Slovenia, in particular, the city of Vache and central Slovenia. This was a business trip under the project “Heart of Europe”. This small country really managed to impress me with its small settlements and beautiful and faded nature.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

I love my profession and I would not change it for anything but, still, my dream as a child was to be a cardiac surgeon. I have always wanted to help people. I think that I do so with the work I have now.

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