The topics of demography, youth unemployment, migration and social economy were discussed on the official meeting of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin and the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Georges Dassis, who was on a two-day visit in Sofia. The meeting was attended by Prof. Lalko Dulevski, President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC) of Bulgaria, whose invitation was made to Mr. Dassis to visit our country.

The National Assembly President bestowed Georges Dassis with the Honorary Plaque of the National Assembly.

The President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Georges Dassis and the President of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC) Prof. Lalko Dulevski discussed the possibility an international forum of civil parliaments to be organised in Sofia. Mrs. Tsacheva proposed this international meeting to seek solutions to the problems of migration of young people from the Southern Europe region and Bulgaria to the European Union and mechanisms to promote opportunities for their realization in their home countries and to improve the demographic policy. The idea received support by Georges Dassis who is on two-day official visit to Bulgaria on the invitation of the ESC.

Today, January 14st 2016, begins the two-day official visit of Georges Dassis in Sofia, who is President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This is his first official visit at the invitation of a national Economic and Social Council of an EU Member State after he was elected as an EESC President at the end of 2015. The invitation was made by the President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC) of Bulgaria Prof. Lalko Dulevski.

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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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