The Economic and Social Council (ESC) is a permanent institutional form of the civil and social dialogue between the President of the Republic, the Parliament and the Council of Ministers and the civil society organisations dealing with the major economic and social issues in the country. The ESC, as a public body, is aimed at expressing interests and will of different civil society organisations, by applying the social dialogue approach.
The aim of the Council is to provide the participation of a wide circle of civil society representatives in the public and economic life. The ESC should respond to the legal aspirations of the social and economic groups for expressing opinions, statements and proposals with regard to the decision making process of Bulgarian Authorities and in connection with the legislation amendments having impact on their interests.
The ESC should adopt opinions on legislation and main issues of economic and social policies. The opinions should be drawn up upon request of the President of the Republic, the President of the Parliament and the Council of Ministers, as well as on its own initiative.