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  • 04/12/2017
    The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions bring together some 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean. This year, the Summit will focus on : Economic, Social and Cultural rights in the Mediterranean region Social Economy and entrepreneurship in the Euro Mediterranean region A new generation of women's rights It will conclude with the adoption of a final declaration that will be sent to the political authorities of the countries involved in the Euromed Ministerial Summits as civil society's contribution to their work, and disseminated widely amongst civil society organisations in the region.
  • 22/11/2017
    The 11th Civil Society Media Seminar, which the European Economic and Social Committee is organising in cooperation with European institutions and with the support of the Spanish Economic and Social Council, the City of Madrid and the Estonian presidency, will take place in Madrid from 23 to 24 November 2017.
  • 30/10/2017
    In the context of public debates following the European Commission's White Paper and a series of reflection papers on the future of the European Union after Brexit, ESC has been actively involved in the EESC's debate on the subject this June in Sofia. At the same time, the future of Europe will be one of the important issues discussed during the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2018 and our country must have a clear position in this process.
  • 16/10/2017
    Debate with Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on civil society's contribution to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU, in conjunction with opinion NAT/711, on Wednesday 6 December at 4.30 p.m. Award ceremony for the Civil Society Prize on Thursday 7 December at 11.30 a.m. (time to be confirmed)
  • 03/10/2017
    Bulgaria's position on the future of Europe should be convincing and loud, this was the general conclusion of the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from the discussion on the five scenarios of the White Paper on the future of Europe. Europe is at a crossroads and the voice of its citizens must be heard, including that of the Bulgarian people, even more so during the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the EU. Minister Liliana Pavlova, who opened the forum at the Sofia Hotel Balkan, said that one of the ideas for continuation of this debate is to organize a high level forum in Sofia. At this forum, Bulgaria will come forward with a declaration on the priorities of the Presidency and Bulgaria's position on the future of Europe. Minister Pavlova also said that the question is not whether the European project has a future, but how to move it forward, how to make it more efficient, with simpler rules and processes, more balance and control, with a clear cohesion policy.
  • 03/10/2017
    On 7 June, at its meeting, the Parliamentary Committee on Labour, Social and Demographic Policy examined the Economic and Social Council's Activity Report for 2016 ESC President Prof. Dr. Lalko Dulevski presented briefly the activities of the ESC focusing on the main acts adopted during the year, on the consultations held during their discussions as well as on the regional and national discussions in the country.
  • 03/10/2017
    On 9 June 2017. The Commission on Budget, Finance, Insurance and Insurance called an extended meeting to discuss a draft ESC opinion on "Accelerating the preparations for accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Eurozone". The consultation was attended by more than 20 members of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy, the Institute for Economic Research and the Institute of Law of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Fiscal Council, the Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association, financial experts and members of the ESC. They all expressed the view that the proposed draft opinion was timely and expertly prepared. By signing the Lisbon Treaty Bulgaria has assumed the obligation to become a member of the Eurozone, everyone stressed. The remaining question is when this should happen.
  • 03/10/2017
    At his last Plenary Session ESC adopted a Resolution on "Possible directions for the development of the vocational education and training system in Bulgaria". In its act ESC found different challenges to vocational training and education (VET) such as the loss of competitive advantages in vocational education and training of the workforce, especially in the field of new technologies, the lack of effective links between training institutions and employers, the inability to develop modern professional skills in a real environment, the lack of a system for regularly forecasting the needs of vocational education and training, as well as obsolete facilities and textbooks.
  • 17/08/2017
    One of our favourite activities, the EESC Civil Society Prize, rewards initiatives from civil society organisations or individuals that make a difference for people. In 2017, the prize will reward innovative projects that create quality jobs or promote entrepreneurship.

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