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SOFIA WILL HOLD A DISCUSSION WITH THE CIVIL SOCIETY ON THE PRELIMINARY OUTLINE OF THE EUROPEAN PILLAR OF SOCIAL RIGHTS

On 3 October in Sofia, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Economic and Social Council (ESC) of Bulgaria are organizing a discussion with the civil society on the preliminary outline of the European pillar of social rights, which will be held from 10 am in “Serdika” Hall of “Sofia Hotel Balkan”. The discussion will be attended by representatives of employers organizations and trade unions, other civil society organizations and academics. Minister of Labour and Social Policy Mrs. Zornitsa Rusinova and Dr. Hasan Ademov, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour, Social and Demographic Policy are invited as official guests of the event.
Moderators of the individual panels are ESC members, Bulgarian representatives of the three EESC groups - Mr. Bojidar Danev from the Employers’ Group, Mr. Plamen Dimitrov from the Workers’ Group and Prof. Lalko Dulevski from the Various Interests Group. Before the discussion they will briefly present the proposals laid down in the preliminary outline of the European pillar of social rights in the three main areas - 1. Equal opportunities and access to the labour market; 2. Fair working conditions; 3. Appropriate and sustainable social protection.
The European pillar of social rights was announced by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 9 September 2015. On 8 March 2016 the European Commission proposed the first preview of the idea of President Juncker for European pillar of social rights and began extensive consultations with the EU civil society, which will finish by the end of 2016.
At the request of the European Commission the EESC is preparing an opinion on the outline of this initiative and therefore decided to organize discussions in all Member States in cooperation with the national Economic and Social Councils.
The aim of the discussion is to assess the European Commission proposals through critical analysis and give recommendations to the twenty domains of action in conformity with the specific social and economic challenges facing Bulgaria.
The positions, messages and recommendations from the national discussions will be included in an EESC opinion, which will be adopted in December this year.

MISSION

“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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