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THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL OF BULGARIA CELEBRATES ITS 8TH ANNIVERSARY: “8 YEARS EUROPEAN MODEL OF CIVIL DIALOGUE IN BULGARIA”

The Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria will celebrate its 8th anniversary on 10 December 2011 /Saturday/ at 10.00 a.m, Hall 6, National Palace of Culture, Sofia under the heading of “8 years European model of civil dialogue in Bulgaria”.

On 10 December 2003, Bulgaria became the first country among the twelve new Member States of the European Union to establish an Economic and Social Council following the model of the European Economic and Social Committee /EESC/.

Bulgaria and its Economic and Social Council received a high praise of the EESC proven by the fact that the event will be attended by all the EESC Presidents during the period 2002-2008, the current EESC President Mr. Staffan Nilsson as well as the Presidents of the three Committee groups - Mr. Henri Malosse /President of Employer’s Group/, Mr. George Dassis /President of Worker’s Group/ and Mr. Luca Jahier /President of Various Interests’ Group/.

At the celebration the EESC Presidents will be conferred with the Honorary Award of the Economic and Social Council for Contribution to the Development of Organised Civil Society in Bulgaria.A public discussion will be held on “The organised civil society in response to the challenges facing Europewhere representatives of the EESC, ESC, MEPs, representatives of the government, NGOs, academics, experts and others will take part in.

The event will be attended by representatives of the three main state institutions, namely the President, National Assembly and Council of Ministers. Over 200 guests are expected which have been involved in the activities of the ESC over the years, representatives of state and public institutions, social partners, NGOs and others.

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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