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THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS HELD A PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON THE NATIONAL REFORM PROGRAMME

On 28th March 2011, the Council of Ministers held a public discussion on the National Reform Programme of Bulgaria (2011 - 2015) (NRP), organised by the Ministry of Finance. The document was presented by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Boryana Pencheva. The discussion was participated by the Minister of EU Funds Management, Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Ministers, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC), Professor Lalko Dulevski, representatives of trade unions and employers, experts and others.


The Deputy Minister, Boryana Pencheva highlighted that the recommendations presented in the Annual Growth Survey of the European Commission as well as these in the ESC Resolution, are included in the Bulgarian National Reform Programme 2015, in implementation of the “Europe 2020” Strategy. The Deputy Minister outlined the business environment improvement, investments in road and environmental infrastructure, effectiveness of public spendings and competitive power enhancement of the Bulgarian youth as the main economic priorities of Bulgaria, as concerned in the NRP (2011-2015).


The ESC members’ speeches marked the need structured priorities to be laid down in the programme vis-à-vis education and health care systems and more realism in determining the indicators for reporting the planned reforms. It is also necessary feasible national targets to be set in terms of employment and education in order to avoid further sanctions by the European Commission. 

The National Reform Programme of Bulgaria is a subject of public debate in order to achieve greater transparency and consolidation of the views of all stakeholders in the final version, noted the Minister of EU Funds Management, Tomislav Donchev.


In conclusion, the intentions of the governmental and civil society representatives to continue the consultations on sector policies stipulated in the National Reform Programme were confirmed.

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“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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