MISSION

There are no representatives of the state within the ESC, unlike the tripartite councils the members of which are at the same time representatives of the government. This makes it a consultative body fully independent of the executive and legislative authorities.

There is a differentiation in Bulgaria between social dialogue and civil dialogue as regards stakeholders, procedures, discussion issues and goals.

There is a legal and institutional framework of social partnership at any level in place in Bulgaria. It is tripartite at the national level, between the government on the one hand and the organisations of trade unions and employers on the other hand (with the National Council of Tripartite Collaboration). At the branch level, it is bipartite between trade unions and employers' associations. Discussion issues cover specific economic and social parameters in which the organisations are interested, whereby their goal is to come to an agreement on such parameters.

Civil dialogue extends the social dialogue, builds on it and brings it to a broader level. It is performed between civil society organisations and also between the latter on the one side and the state authorities on the other side, concerning matters of interest to large social groups. In the European practice, it is regarded as a form of participatory democracy. It is not focused on reaching agreement on specific indicators. Its goal is to identify the national economic and social development policies. Its structures submit proposals that shall be acceptable to the society as a whole.

Civil dialogue is an integral part of the European social model, the values of which are fully shared by Bulgaria. The new modern European government concept assumes consulting, engaging and ensuring support of the civil society structures, but of these which are directly affected by the executive and legislative authority acts. Organised civil society and civil dialogue are regarded in the EU as a key factor of government action and decision effectiveness.

It is of utmost importance for the ESC to find the most adequate national model of the practical civil dialogue development as a form of participatory democracy.The ESC in Bulgaria continuously demonstrates that effective civil dialogue is only possible on the basis of equality, consensus and mutual consideration of the interests of each organisation.

The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

The Council acts in favour of a more active dialogue and consultations between civil society organisations and the President of the Republic, the Parliament and the Council of Ministers concerning the country's economic and social policies. It is the standing institutional and legally approved form of civil dialogue. Furthermore, it ensures agreement of action and close cooperation between partners.

MISSION

“THE CIVIL PARLIAMENT” OF BULGARIA

is the “bridge” between citizens and the national government. Its mission is to support such “bridging” so as to facilitate the communication between the society and the national government. It is the new and modern institution of the civil dialogue.

The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The Council expresses and protects civil society interests by communicating agreed statements and proposals submitted by its members to the executive and legislative authorities.

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