On 12 September 2011 an 8-member delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan visited the Economic and Social Council (ESC). The delegation included representatives of the government, the trade unions and the industrial associations. In the meeting participated also Mr. Ivan Neykov, former Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

During the visit the President of the ESC prof. Lalko Dulevski acquainted the delegation with the history, structure, functions and role of the ESC for the economic and social development of Bulgaria. Prof. Dulevski said the ESC was established in Bulgaria owing to the political and public consensus about the place and importance of an institution of such kind as an independent “civil parliament”. In his opinion “the ESC works in a constructive dialogue with fourth consecutive government and parliament, which is proved by the many adopted proposals of the Council on key strategic documents of the country”.

Prof. Dulevski drew attention to the fact that the ESC has strong positions and prestige both at national and European level. In his statement the President of the ESC explained the working mechanism of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), following which model was established the ESC and gave examples of the process of interaction between the Council and the EESC. Prof. Dulevski also pointed out that other countries which took part in the fifth wave of enlargement of the European Union-Hungary and Romania were looking into the successful Bulgarian example.

In conclusion the head of delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan stated that the provided information represented a significant interest to them due to the fact that the experience of the ESC is valuable and it could be of great benefit to them.



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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