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THE EESC PRESIDENT GEORGES DASSIS IS ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT IN SOFIA

The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Georges Dassis will visit Bulgaria on 14-15 January. The visit is on the invitation of the President of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC) Prof. Lalko Dulevski.

This is the first official visit of Georges Dassis on the invitation of a national Council of an EU Member State. Georges Dassis was elected as a President of the EESC in October last year. He is heading the Committee as a representative of the EESC Group II - Employees.

The programme of the visit includes a meeting with the President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva and Deputy Prime Minister for Demographic and Social Policy and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin. Also the EESC President will visit the Bulgarian National Bank and University of National and World Economy.

At the beginning of his visit in Sofia, the EESC President will meet with the members of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council and will discuss the ESC 12-year experience in the development of civil dialogue. The Economic and Social Council will bestow Georges Dassis Honorary Award of the Council for Contribution to the Development of Organised Civil Society.

Georges DASSIS - EESC President

  • Trade-union activist in Greece from the age of 15
  • Activist against the colonels' regime in Greece (1967-1974)
  • Permanent member of the national staff of the Belgian General Federation of Labour (FGTB) from 1976 to 1980
  • Since 1981, representative of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC, formerly ICFTU) and to the International Labour Office (ILO)
  • Since 1982, member of the Executive Committee of the ETUC
  • Member of the EESC from 1981 to 1990 and from 2002
  • President of the regional section of the EESC from 1986 to 1990
  • Founder member of the Labour Institute of the GSEE (1990) and secretary for international relations
  • President of the ECO section of the EESC from 2004 to 2008
  • President of the Workers' Group of the EESC from 2008 to 2015

President of the EESC from 2015 to 2018

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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