INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Representatives of the Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean region (Euromed) held their Annual Meeting on 24-25 October in Athens, Greece. The Euromed Summit is held for the 21st time as the meetings were launched by the Barcelona Declaration in 1995.

European Pilar for Social Rights to be applied in all the Members States of EU and not just in the Euro area as it is proposed in the draft. This proposal of the President of the Bulgarian ESC prof. Lalko Dulevski was broadly supported during the Annual meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries General of the EU Member States and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) which was held on 6th and 7th of October 2016 in Madrid. Fifteen National Economic and Social Councils took part at the Meeting as well as the EESC President Georgios Dassis.

Bulgaria to be part of the European Pillar of Social Rights draft project - this united all the participants in the discussion on the outline of the European Commission for establishing an European Pillar of Social Rights. The discussion was organised by the Economic and Social Council (ESC) of Bulgaria in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The meeting was attended by over a hundred representatives of various civil society organizations, EESC members, members of the Bulgarian ESC, representatives of the academics. The discussion took place in Sofia Hotel Balkan and the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Mrs. Zornitsa Rusinova and Dr. Hasan Ademov, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour, Social and Demographic Policy participated in the opening of the event.

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MISSION

“THE CIVIL PARLIAMENT” OF BULGARIA

is the “bridge” between citizens and the national government. Its mission is to support such “bridging” so as to facilitate the communication between the society and the national government. It is the new and modern institution of the civil dialogue.

The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The Council expresses and protects civil society interests by communicating agreed statements and proposals submitted by its members to the executive and legislative authorities.

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