At its meeting on Wednesday afternoon, 20 April 2016, the Parliamentary Committee on Labour, Social and Demographic Policy examined the Annual Activity Report of the Economic and Social Council (ESC) for 2015.

The ESC President Prof. Lalko Dulevski outlined the ESC activity by focusing on the main acts developed and adopted through the year. He highlighted some of them like the opinion on “Reduction and Prevention of the Informal Economy in Bulgaria as an Opportunity to Encourage Growth and Employment”, “Corporate Social Responsibility - Achievements and Challenges” and “Measures to Overcome Energy Poverty in Bulgaria”. Bulgaria is one of the few countries whose Economic and Social Council participates every year in the communication with the European Commission on the “Europe 2020” Strategy implementation, the ESC President emphasized. Last year the ESC activity focused on the youth topic for which the ESC carried out a special study first of its kind for this institution related to the migration attitudes among young people graduating secondary education, followed by two resolutions on youth policies integration and the realization of young people on the labour market.

The problems of young people ESC prioritizes in its activity by organising consultations and discussions. The graduating high schoolers met and talked with the local authority and the business about their future and also proposed ideas for development of their place of origin within the series of meetings held on the Council’s initiative across the country. The social economy and social entrepreneurship as well as education were raised for discussion in other towns also. Typical for these discussions was the ESC regional approach for their implementation.

The ESC cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee developed over the years as an example of good partnership and coordination. The evaluations of all previous EESC presidents about the mutual activities were more than satisfactory. The current EESC President Georges Dassis made his first official visit at the invitation of a national economic and social council in Bulgaria, and by the end of this year he will participate in three jointly organised events in Bulgaria, the ESC President commented.

Prof. Dulevski stressed that many state institutions had built partly recommendations and proposals of the ESC in their strategic documents or regulations.

The ESC President gave a brief survey of the past Council’s third term in which priority were the issues of education, youth as well as the convergence process of Bulgaria with the EU countries. Prof. Dulevski concluded that of all 32 adopted ESC acts more than one third of them had European focus, and almost every one of them included the topic of young people realization in our country.

The members of the Labour, Social and Demographic Policy Committee expressed their unanimous support for the ESC Report.



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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