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“DEMOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES AND THE LABOUR MARKET WITHIN THE EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY” CONFERENCE

A conference on “DEMOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES AND THE LABOUR MARKET WITHIN THE EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY” will be held on 17 October 2011, at 9.30 am in “Serdika” Ballroom, “Sheraton” Hotel. It is organised jointly by the Economic and Social Council /ESC/ of Bulgaria, the European Economic and Social Committee /EESC/ and the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria.

Within this conference, the civil society aims at a broad debate to identify the challenges facing the labour markets in Europe and to summarise the measures and policies necessary to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The conference will be attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Bulgaria H. E. Leszek Hensel, Head of the Representation of the European Commision in Bulgaria Zinaida Zlatanova, Chairperson of the Labour and Social Policy Committee of the 41st National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Dragomir Stoynev, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC), EESC Leila Kurki, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria Deyana Kostadinova.

Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria Totyu Mladenov will open the forum.

On the EESC side, Vladimíra Drbalová and Wolfgang Greif will present the EESC opinions on European Commission Communication “An agenda for new skills and jobs: a European contribution towards full employment” and “The future of the labour market in Europe - in          search of an effective response to demographic trends“, but Plamen Dimitrov will present the ESC position on the challenges facing labour markets within the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Representatives of the European Commission, World Bank, members of the EESC, ESC of Bulgaria and ESCs from other EU Member States, experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, National Social Security Institute, National Statistical Institute, NGOs, scientists will take part in the discussion.

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