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THE BULGARIAN CIVIL SOCIETY TOOK PART IN THE EUROPEAN DEBATE ON THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY AFTER 2013

“The Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union after 2013 - Challenges and Opportunities” was the theme of the international conference held on May 14, 2010 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It was organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria with the assistance of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Council of Agricultural Organizations.

The International Forum got together more than 120 participants. Representatives of the EESC, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, NGOs from the food sector in Bulgaria and other partner organizations attended the Forum.

The conference participants were greeted with a special video address by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş. He called upon for active involvement of all stakeholders in the debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the EU.

Mr. Staffan Nilsson, president of Group III – Various Interests, EESC, Hans-Joachim Wilms, president of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, EESC, and Hans-Erwin Barth, Head of the Internal and External Communication Unit of the European Commission's Directorate‑General for Agriculture and Rural Development made speeches during the conference.

The position of the Bulgarian government on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 was represented by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Tsvetan Dimitrov, but the position of the civil society was represented by Lyudmila Todorova, Member of the EESC, President of the Bulgarian Council of Agricultural Organisations.

The conference was the first major event through which Bulgaria actively involved in the opened, by the European Commission in early May this year, public consultations on the future Common Agricultural Policy after 2013. The representatives of the Bulgarian institutions and NGOs opposed its renationalization. They took a stand that it should be fairer to the new Member States, achieving equality in the allocation of the general budget. The participants focused on the future development of the payment systems and stressed on the need of more flexible tools of market mechanisms as well as the simplification of the legislation and the administrative procedures.

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“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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