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THE PRESIDENT OF THE ESC PROF. LALKO DULEVSKI TOOK PART IN A DISCUSSION ON THE EU2020 STRATEGY FOR SMART, SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH, ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE REPRESENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Discussion was held on June 17, 2010 in Sheraton Sofia Hotel, and it was opened by Mrs. Zinaida Zlatanova, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, and H.E. Mr. Jorge Fuentes, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, on behalf of the Spanish Presidency of the  EU. They focused on the future challenges behind the development of the EU in economic and social terms.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, outlined the frameworks of the political vision on Europe for the next 10 years, paying particular attention to the promotion of innovation policy and education as a way to fulfil the objectives set. The Minister charged of EU funds, Mr. Tomislav Donchev, highlighted that improvement of infrastructure and enhancement of transcontinental links are of particular importance to fulfil the objective for more competitive Europe.

In his speech, Prof. Dulevski focused on the long-term challenges behind Europe. According to the President of the ESC, leading points in the future European policy should be increasing labour productivity, promoting education, and developing workers’ competences andskills, with a view to the changing social and economic environment. In his opinion, there is a problem with aging of the population in EU, which will lead to strong pressure on the pension system. The biggest challenges behind EU will take place after 2020-2030, when those born in the postwar period (during the 50s of the 20th century) will reach retirement age – states Prof. Dulevski. Тhis implies extending the temporal coverage of the objectives set in the EU 2020 Strategy, аs well as their further development in this direction.

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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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