NEWS

CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN ENERGY UNION IN SOFIA

The Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria (ESC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) are organizing a conference “European Energy Union - Impact and Consequences for Civil Society in Bulgaria” on 22 March at 9.30 pm, at the Hotel Balkan, in Sofia.

At the conference representatives of the Bulgarian and European institutions will discuss topics related to the integration of markets and energy policies. The conference will be attended by Pierre Jean Coulon - President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) at the EESC, Prof. Lalko Dulevski – the ESC President, EESC members from the Bulgarian side as Milena Angelova – ESC member and Secretary-General of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association, and Dimitar Manolov – ESC member and President of Podkrepa Confederation of Labour, as well as Vasil Velev – ESC member and Chairman of Governing Board of Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association, and Bogomil Nikolov – ESC member and CEO of the Bulgarian National Consumer Association.

The Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova, the Chairman of the Energy Regulator of the Republic of Bulgaria (DKER) Ivan Ivanov, members of Parliament, representatives of business and the non-government sector, experts are invited to participate.

The European Energy Union is one of the ten key priorities of the European Commission until 2019, which launched a programme for establishing a European Energy Union a year ago. The programme aims to find solution of the challenges such as market integration, climate change and also to increase transparency and strengthen the process management. The idea of the European Energy Union aims to create a European Energy System which will ensure safe, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy supply to the European citizens.

Bulgaria as part of the future European Energy Union will seek its own ways through it to deal with the number of challenges such as import dependency and energy poverty.

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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