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THE INCLUSION OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY WILL ENSURE THE NECESSARY CIVIL SUPPORT FOR STRUCTURAL REFORMS AND PAINFUL MEASURES, WHICH THE EU HAS TO ADOPT

The President of the Economic and Social Council Prof. Lalko Dulevski participated in a public debate on the topic “Two years after Lisbon-Europe which way now?” which took place in the plenary hall of the National Assembly.

“The recession, this is killing the hope of millions of young educated people to find work and to have a decent life in the old continent. Europe still does not provide an adequate answer and a message to the young people in regards to their future and practical realization, and this means lack of future for Europe.”

This was what Prof. Dulevski stated from the parliamentary tribune and greeted the organisers of the initiative.

According to Mr. Dulevski, the citizens of Europe need a more direct and active participation in the decision-making on key issues. “The inclusion of the civil society in this process will ensure the necessary public support for the structural reforms and the painful measures which have to be adopted”, added Mr. Dulevski. He concluded with the words “2012 will be a year of open doors for the ESC, especially for the young people in Bulgaria”.

The initiative for a sequence of public debates “European talks in the Parliament” of the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds is held under the patronage of the President of the National Assembly Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva. It is the first among the sequence of discussions which aim to include the citizens in an active and direct dialogue with the National Assembly on the latest issues from the agenda of Europe and the Bulgarian membership in the EU.

Special guests in the debate were Elmar Brok, member of the European Parliament and Jean-Dominique Giuliani, President of the“Robert Shuman” Foundation.

The forum was opened by the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds Mrs. Monika Panayotova. The Bulgarian Parliament is to be the place of the European debate being a thorough and critical one, stated Mrs. Tsacheva in her address.

In the debate participated the newly elected President Mr. Rosen Plevneliev as well as ambassadors, ministers, MPs, representatives of the scientific fields, social partners and NGOs. According to Mr. Plevneliev, it was necessary to open the doors of the institutions because there was no alternative to the wide public debate and the nationally responsible decisions.

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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