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  • 25/07/2019
    This brochure sets out some of the highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee’s work in 2018. It illustrates our ongoing efforts to fulfil the mission we were given more than 60 years ago. It is also an opportunity to look ahead and learn the lessons that will ensure that the Committee continues to be the active and alert voice of civil society in Europe.
  • 06/06/2019
    Applications for 2019 are now open The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has launched its Civil Society Prize for 2019. This year's theme is More women in Europe's society and economy, and the prize will honour innovative initiatives and projects which aim to fight for equal opportunities for women and men and their equal treatment in all spheres of economic and social life.
  • 09/05/2019
    On the eve of the summit in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, when important decisions will be taken on the future development of the EU, the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC) adopted a resolution on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. The resolution reflects the main positions of the ESC, addressed both to the European Commission (EC) and to the Bulgarian institutions involved in the MFF negotiation process.
  • 30/04/2019
    The event will focus on how the EU and its Member States can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The first panel will cover the views of relevant institutional stakeholders on what can and should be done at European level. The second panel will focus on the role that social partners and civil society organisations can play in working towards achieving the compact's objectives.
  • 04/04/2019
    In an opinion adopted at its plenary session of 5 March 2019, ESC endorsed the European Commission's initiative for a new directive to help parents and carers balance professional and private life. The EC initiative for a new European directive on work-life balance of parents and carers aims to formulate new measures and policies to solve problems arising from unequal women's participation in the labour market, as well as its consequences, such as lower pensions for women, higher risk of poverty, lack of work-life balance.
  • 26/03/2019
    On 21 and 22 March 2019, 102 students and 36 teachers from all 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and from one Brussels-based European School, accompanied by three participants from previous YEYS events, met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say! 2019.
  • 18/03/2019
    As part of its Civil Society for rEUnaissance conference on 21 February, the EESC organised seven parallel thematic workshops, focusing on 7 issues which will be decisive for the future of Europe. The panels, which gathered together some 230 people, saw EESC members and other participants discuss how to mobilise civil society in the run-up to the European elections. What Europe do we want to see emerge from the elections was the basic question running through the discussions. The workshops focused on the following issues: Why favourable conditions for European business are good for all citizens (Table 1) How to strengthen EU as a global economic player (Table 2) Overcoming inequalities: investing in a more sustainable Europe (Table 3) A European Union Agenda on the future of work (Table 4) European values and fundamental rights: a key for the European Union of tomorrow (Table 5) Turning the next generation into European citizens through civic education (Table 6) Peace and culture : tools for strengthening the European project (Table 7) The questions sparked lively discussions among the many participating civil society organisations, which provided a wealth of input. Overall, there was consensus that Europe needed to make a qualitative leap in communication to better bring home to ordinary citizens the real benefits the EU has meant for them and showcase its success stories. At the same time, it also needed to take a critical look at some of its policies against a background of increasing poverty and inequalities, international competition and fear for the impact of massive digitalisation. A new, more sustainable economic model taking sustainable development goals as its compass was called for. The need to develop a European cultural identity through education, to encourage Europeans to take ownership of their multiple identities and realise that they could be proud to be Europeans without betraying their local roots was prominent in discussions. The key role of European values in shaping identity and the need to hold on to these values now coming under threat was also a recurrent theme.
  • 07/01/2019
    The Economic and Social Council (ESC) recommends that the Bulgarian government propose that the new European Labour Authority (ELA) be established in Bulgaria on the grounds that it will have a strong positive effect in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe most affected by negative phenomena on the cross-border labour market.
  • 07/01/2019
    The Economic and Social Council (ESC) adopted a resolution on the promotion and use of small and medium-sized enterprises in the growth markets. The ESC Resolution addresses the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulations (EU) No 596/2014 and (EU) 2017/1129 as regards the promotion of the use of SME growth markets COM/2018/331 final - 2018/0165 (COD).
  • 07/12/2018
    The Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria (ESC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) jointly organized a public discussion on the topic: "What Europe Do We Want?" which was attended also by representatives of Bulgarian young people. Representatives of the National Youth Forum, which brings together more than 50 organizations in the country and is a member of the European Youth Forum, the National Representation of the Student Councils, defending the interests of over 200 000 students and Sofia secondary school students participated actively in the debates.