INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

On 13 May at 9.00 pm in the town of Smolyan, in the hall of “Arexim” Ltd. a round table on the “Opportunities for development of the Rhodope region by using the European structural and investment funds and instruments of cross-border cooperation with Greece” will be hold. The event is organised by the Economic and Social Council (ESC) of the Republic of Bulgaria with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and special participation will have the EESC President Henri Malosse.

The Economic and Social Council (ESC) participated in the Third European Forum of Social Entrepreneurship, held from 20 to 23 March 2014 at the International Fair Plovdiv. The event was jointly organised by the National Union of Worker Producers’ Cooperatives, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, European Commission, European Confederation of Workers’ Cooperatives, Social Cooperatives and Social and Participative Enterprises (CECOP) and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

On December 3, 2013 the President of European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Henri Malosse and the President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC) Prof. Lalko Dulevski met with students from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE). The topic of discussion was “Europe and the youth”. The meeting was held during the visit of the President of the EESC in Bulgaria on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Economic and social council and the organised European public debate: “Stronger Europe for citizens”.

The rector of the UNWE Prof. Stati Statev presented Mr. Malosse as a very good friend of the university and noted that on April 7, 2004 Mr. Malosse personally wrote in the Golden book of the UNWE words that still sound up to date. Prof. Statev reminded the students that the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria which celebrates its tenth anniversary was established in UNWE.

The President Malosse answered a number of questions concerning entrepreneurship, energy and youth employment. The students asked about the specific commitments of the EESC by 2020, which would be in favour of the youth. The EESC stance is for more money and better development of education. There are European programmes that are not only for students, but also for young people without higher education, said Malosse.

In conclusion Henri Malosse called on the students to actively vote in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament, because in this way the integration in the EU will continue its development.

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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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