The President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC) Prof. Lalko Dulevski took part in an International Conference on the topic of “Vocational Dual Training in Multicultural Environment” on 11 December 2014, which was organised by the Bulgarian Teachers' Trade Union to the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria. The aim of the event was within a broad discussion with all the stakeholders and expert to outline the existing problems and to identify the needed measures in the field of vocational training through work.

The round table organized by the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria (ESC) in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “Employment in Rural Areas - Challenges and Possible Solutions” brought together more than fifty representatives of the state and local authority, social partners and NGOs, members of the ESC and the EESC, experts and the media.

The round table was organised on the initiative of the EESC Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment (NAT) with President Dilyana Slavova, who is also a member of the Bulgarian ESC. Official guests were the President of the EESC’s Group III - Luca Jahier and Vice-President of the EESC’s Group I - Brendan Burns.

Among the speakers were Staffan Nilsson - EESC member, Plamen Dimitrov - EESC member, President of the EESC Commission for Labour, Incomes, Living Standard and industrial relations and also President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria,  Sergey Tzvetarski - Chairman of the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria, representatives of the National Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria, Central Cooperative Union, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of the Economy and Energy and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

The Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria (ESC) in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises a roundtable on "Employment in Rural Areas - Problems and Possible Solutions", which will be held on September 5 /Friday/, 2014 at 9:00 in the building of the Central Cooperative Union, Sofia.

The EESC and the Bulgarian ESC place primary importance on rural development as a prerequisite for the welfare of the European Union. Achieving this goal requires the implementation of targeted programs designed with the participation of citizens and based on both the full use of local resources and the support of national and European funds. The employment, the social protection and the vocational education are the main priorities for the balanced development of rural areas in the new programming period 2014-2020.

The aim of the upcoming event is the representatives of local and national authorities and organizations to discuss the problems facing the development, the employment opportunities and the sustainable rural development, and to formulate recommendations for the European, national and regional policies for rural development in the 2014-2020 period.

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