The long-standing Bulgarian traditions, social dialogue, experience and new technologies are a reliable prerequisite for the successful development of the social economy, stated the ESC President Prof. Lalko Dulevski in the International Conference Social Economy – For Economically Sustainable and Socially Inclusive EU. The conference is part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Bulgaria is one of the first EU Member States which have built a modern concept for development of the social economy in harmony with the European practices, stressed Prof. Dulevski and explained that the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council has a number of resolutions and opinions on the topic and actively participates in building the Bulgarian model of social entrepreneurship.

The aim of the conference was to encourage the exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities for the future of social economy in the context of the digital revolution and inclusive growth. Within the two-day forum, politicians from the European Union and the enlargement countries, representatives of international organizations, social partners and civil society organizations discussed how the social economy can better respond to the modern challenges facing Europe and contribute to the needs of inclusive economic growth.

Prof. Dulevski participated in the discussion on the change of scale of social economy. He focused on the conditions for social economy development - social dialogue, partnership, scientific approach in the social economy, the impact of new technologies. The participants presented the experiences of different countries in the field of social economy by stressing that the link between the digital economy and social entrepreneurship was the new challenge for the future of the social economy.



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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