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EUROPEAN CONSUMER DAY 2018: THE IMPACT OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY ON EUROPEAN CONSUMERS

On 20 March the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council will host its 20th European Consumer Day. The event, which will take place in Sofia this year, will focus on the theme: The digital economy: what deal for consumers?

As consumers are becoming increasingly digital and as we advance towards the age of post-mass consumption and the Internet of Things, the following questions will be debated at this conference:

  • How does big data affect the choices I make?
  • How much is my personal data worth, and who is using it?
  • Free products – at what price?
  • What are the trends driving digital consumption and consumer attitudes towards digitalisation in different parts of the EU?
  • What is the EU doing to help consumers not only survive but thrive in the digital economy?

These issues will be discussed with speakers from the tech world, consumers, influencers and policy shapers and makers, among them:

  • Emil Karanikolov, Bulgarian Minister for the Economy
  • Georges Dassis, President of the EESC
  • Lalko Dulevski, President of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council
  • Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC - European Consumer Organisation
  • Jutta Gurkmann Director Consumer Policy of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations

Every year since 1999, the EESC has organized European Consumer Day, aiming to provide a forum where representatives of EU institutions, national governments and civil society organisations can exchange views on various issues related to consumer affairs.

Webstreaming link: https://streamer.bg/bg/european-consumer-day-2018.html

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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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