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A pan-European programme should be devised to achieve the global sustainable development goals for 2020-2030 set by the UN. While each country, after taking into account its specificities, should adopt a national programme. This was suggested by the President of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council - Prof. Dulevski - at the Annual meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General of the economic councils in the EU.

In Rome, the dialogue between representatives of the organised civil society in Europe aimed to highlight the role of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and discuss how to implement it more effectively. In this context, Prof. Lalko Dulevski presented the positions of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council. One of them is for the EU to draw up a roadmap for the implementation of the European Social Rights Pillar for all Member States. The ESC President stressed that in its opinion on the European Social Rights Pillar ESC has already provided the Government with a number of proposals for a more effective implementation of the EPSR in Bulgaria, including the development of a national roadmap. According to ESC, the European Semester mechanism, which already includes the 20 EPSR principles, is a successful mechanism for balancing the economic and social progress of the Member States. At the same time, the results of the European Semester could be even more effective if they are connected with the future European roadmap for the implementation of the EPSR and national plans.

In his speech before the forum Prof. Dulevski stressed the link between economic, social and environmental development and the need for these processes to be balanced and fair for all Europeans. He pointed out to his colleagues that the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council has a number of positions related to the economic and social development of Bulgaria and Europe as well as to climate change. All of them call for more ambitious goals, but balanced with fairer mechanisms and more efficient policies, and supported by adequate means.

Prof. Dulevski specifically focused the participants’ attention on the role of cohesion policy in achieving sustainable development for the EU. He stressed that in the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the means aimed at social cohesion in order to reduce imbalances related to quality of life between regions and between Member States, should not be reduced. The EU will be a sustainable alliance, a guarantor of peace, trust and confidence, only through equitable, steady and balanced development, Prof. Dulevski said.