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.

During the meeting the National Assembly President Tsetska Tsacheva stressed on the role of civil dialogue for the development of the country. The Recommendations made by the ESC of Bulgaria are valuable with its deep analytical and scientific justification in the legislative work of the parliament. The National Assembly President highlighted the increased interest of the Members of Parliament to the ESC acts and the fact that these acts lead to new ideas and initiatives. For years we have been working on the Law on Pre-school and School Education and eventually we adopted it with significant participation of the ESC, Mrs. Tsacheva said. But we will have double work to do on the Higher Education Act, she said. Indicative of the interaction of the parliament with the ESC is that at the beginning of the plenary sitting, the Council brought to the attention of the Members of Parliament its acts for young people, Mrs. Tsacheva said.

During the meeting, Mr. Dassis shared the EESC idea for establishing a special European fund to tackle poverty in the most backward regions of Europe. We have a certain interest in such an idea, because in Bulgaria is situated the poorest region in the European Union, Mrs. Tsacheva said.

The meeting was attended by the Head of the President’s Private Office at the EESC Nicholas Alexopoulos, who was a Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the Committee as well as heading various EESC departments. He was appointed as a Head of Office in October 2015.



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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