The operation of the ESC is guided by four ruling principles: independence, consensus, equality and cooperation with other state and civil society organisations.

The first guiding principle is the Council's independence of the executive, legislative and any other authority. None of its members represents the Parliament, the government or any other state institution.

The consensus principle is the key of the success the ESC has in the country. Under the Economic and Social Council Act, Council resolutions shall be adopted by at least 75% of the members present at the meeting while Presidents Board decisions shall be taken by unanimity. This fact highlights again the huge responsibility the ESC has in expressing civil society will and interests by achieving common consensus-based position of all civil society organisations involved in it.

The third operation principle is equality between the three groups: employers, trade unions and the third sector. It is based on equal quotas within the ESC and also on the requirement of consensus that disables disregard of any of the groups.

The fourth principle binds the ESC's operation with collaboration with state authority institutions and with other civil society organisations that are not represented in the Council.

In implementation of the above principles and its main goals and tasks, the ESC develops and adopts opinions, resolutions and analyses on draft-laws, projects or approved national strategies, programs and plans on the country's social and economic development or on topical issues in that aspect.



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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