The package of long-term measures in the field of climate and energy, which the European Parliament adopted in December 2008, and their effect on agriculture as one of the sectors, which are directly exposed to the negative impact of the climate change, were the main themes at the international conference on “Climate Change Package and the Agricultural Sector Reply” in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was organised by the Bulgarian ESC on a proposal from the Council of Bulgarian Agrarian Organisations (CBAO).
Twenty three representatives of the economic and social councils from Bulgaria, Belgium, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, Brazil, the Congo, China, Luxembourg and CESE took part in the meeting, held in Brussels, Belgium.
Over 200 representatives of the EESC, the national economic and social councils, including the Bulgarian ESC, their press offices, the European Commission, non-governmental organisations from the EU Member States and other European institutions took part in the workshop, held in Brussels, Belgium.
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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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