The Economic and Social Council adopted an Opinion on "Mountainous and Semi-Mountainous Regions in Bulgaria - Problems and Opportunities for Development". The opinion was developed on ESC's own initiative, which takes into account the fact that there are 123 mountainous and semi-mountainous municipalities in Bulgaria that occupy 42.5% of the territory of the country. They provide home to 20.9% of the country's population in 2,555 settlements. At the same time, ESC is worried that these areas, much more than others, suffer from depopulation, underdevelopment and poor quality technical infrastructure, they are lagging behind in their economic development and have limited access to quality public services, especially in terms of healthcare, education and culture.

The Regional Policy, Sustainable Development and Environment Commission of the Economic and Social Council held a meeting and discussed with experts a draft opinion on the “Mountainous and semi-mountainous regions in Bulgaria - problems and opportunities for development”.

Предстоящият период ще бъде решаващ за бъдещето на институциите на ЕС като цяло, но също и за условията на живот и труд на европейските граждани. Затова група „Работници“ на Европейския икономически и социален комитет организира извънредно заседание в София, България, на което ще обсъди постиженията в социалната сфера на приключващото българско председателство на ЕС и ще разгледа бъдещите предизвикателства по пътя към социална Европа за всички.Тъй като Европейският стълб на социалните права ще бъде основен елемент и ще има решаваща роля за постигането на по-голямо социално и икономическо сближаване, разискванията ще бъдат съсредоточени върху неговото прилагане и финансиране въз основа на всеобхватно, първо по рода си проучване на Европейската социална обсерватория.

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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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