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  • 19/06/2018
    The participants at the high level conference, which took place on 15 May, were convinced that the enlargement of the EU, and in particular the spread of its democratic values and legal standards to the Western Balkan region, was in the interest of both the Western Balkan countries and the EU. Promoting EU values in the region guarantees security and stability, enhances social and economic development, as well as democracy and the rule of law in these countries which in turn means stability and security for the EU.
  • 15/05/2018
    This year's Civil Society Days will take place right after the plenary session at which the European Economic and Social Committee celebrates its 60th anniversary. The focus of this Civil Society Days will be on fostering the current debate about the future of Europe and on highlighting the role across Europe of the civil society organisations which come together in the EESC to represent "Europe at work". In line with this twofold emphasis, the CivSocDays 2018 will address Europe at work in relation to a dimension which has permeated our everyday working and living environment and will affect and shape our future, as well as the future of Europe: the digital world.
  • 03/04/2018
    Les personnes qui ont participé à la Journée de l’ICE 2017 ont eu la chance d’assister à un tournant dans l’histoire de l’initiative citoyenne européenne, lorsque Frans Timmermans, premier vice-président de la Commission européenne, a annoncé la révision tant attendue de l’instrument. La proposition de nouveau règlement de la Commission européenne a suivi peu de temps après et s’est concrétisée en septembre 2017 dans le cadre d’un train de mesures prioritaire accompagnant le discours sur l’état de l’Union.
  • 02/04/2018
    There is a need to strike a balance in protecting consumers' rights and the responsibilities of digital service providers at the European level. By now consumer rights in the context of the digitization of the economy have been rather underestimated at the expense of the development of the digital economy. This is the common position reached by the participants in the discussion "Digital Economy: Benefits for Consumers" organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC).
  • 02/04/2018
    In the adopted opinion on "The European Pillar of Social Rights and the Role of Organized Civil Society" the Economic and Social Council calls on the state institutions to exercise the full influence and authority of the EU Presidency and to focus the talks during the tripartite social summit and the European Council at the end of March this year by formulating concrete proposals to launch the process of building a European action plan with guidelines and a roadmap for implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) at the European level as well as at the level of individual Member States.
  • 28/03/2018
    L'OMT et le CEDEFOP organisent un événement conjoint «Rencontre Éducation et formation - Emploi» le 23 mars 2018 à Lisbonne. L'objectif est de renforcer les contacts entre les décideurs politiques nationaux et européens et les prestataires d'EFP et d'encourager le dialogue entre, d'une part, les acteurs de l'éducation et de la formation et, d'autre part, les acteurs du marché du travail portugais. Parmi les participants figurent le ministre du Travail, les prestataires de formation, les partenaires sociaux, les organisations d'étudiants et le Conseil économique et social national.
  • 22/02/2018
    We are facing a revolution that will radically change the way we live, work and treat one another. This is stated in an opinion on "The Future of Labour: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" adopted by the Economic and Social Council. With this document ESC draws the attention of the institutions to the new challenges related to the digital transformation of the economy, which will change the Bulgarian economy as well. ESC is of the opinion that there will be changes in the state government and institutions, education, health care, transport, etc. The fourth industrial revolution is both an opportunity and a threat to producers and workers, the opinion argues.
  • 22/02/2018
    The Economic and Social Council held consultations on issues related to the normative regulation of dual education or work-based learning. The consultation was requested by the Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev who, in a special letter to ESC, referred to the ESC Act and justified the need for a broad dialogue between stakeholders and institutions, in order to find the best solutions to the problems encountered in the process of establishing the new form of education - dual education. Minister Valchev stressed in the letter that the growing shortage of qualified workers with suitable professional training on the labour market requires the Ministry of Education and Science and other institutions to develop a regulatory framework that would create adequate conditions for the development of the new form of work-based learning. In response to this letter, ESC members met and discussed the topic with the teams of the three ministries led by the respective deputy ministers. The Ministry of Education and Science was represented by Deputy Minister Tanya Mihailova, The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy by Deputy Minister Lazar Lazarov, and the Ministry of Economy by Deputy Minister Lachezar Borisov.
  • 09/02/2018
    The two-day mission of the European Labour Market Observatory of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held meetings and discussions with various institutions and organizations to explore the application and results of The Council Recommendation of February 2016 for integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. The mission's special goal was to record good practices, experience and innovative methodologies in the involvement of civil society in the fight against long-term unemployment. One representative of each groups of the EESC was included in the mission. Representative of the group of employers was Georgi Stoev, the trade unions were represented by Dr. Ivan Kokalov, and the group with other interests - Prof. Dr. Lalko Dulevski. The mission was coordinated by the administrator of the Labor Market Observatory Anna Dumitrache.