Dr. Milena Angelova and Dilyana Slavova, members of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council and of the European Economic and Social Committee, were elected in Brussels for high positions in the EESC. Dr. Milena Angelova becomes Deputy Chairman of the EESC and Dilyana Slavova for the second time will head the EESC's External Relations section.

Luca Jahier from Italy was elected to be the 32nd President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European organ representing organized civil society, and will be the head of this institution during the next two and a half years. The two new Vice-Presidents will be Milena Angelova (Bulgaria) for the budget and Isabel Kanyo Aguilar (Spain) for communication, the European Economic and Social Committee said.

The new EESC presidency has outlined four priorities for its work: sustainable development, strengthening peace, strengthening the role of culture and providing a platform for young Europeans.

The high position of the Bulgarian Dr. Milena Angelova is a recognition of her contribution to the work of the European Economic and Social Committee, of which she has been a member since 2007. Dr. Angelova is a member of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council (ESC)secretary of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria and actively participates in the protection of the interests of businesses. Dr. Angelova is distinguished by the high level of expertise she has in her work on various opinions, analyses and resolutions of the ESC. On the Bulgarian and European stage, the name of the new EESC Vice-President is related to causes such as the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises, overcoming the human resource deficit, corporate governance, reducing bureaucracy, improving the business climate, fighting the grey economy etc.

Dilyana Slavova, a member of the EESC and of the Bulgarian ESC, who again leads the EESC's External Relations section, is a dynamic person with many ideas and activities both in the ESC and in the EESC. She is committed to topics such as climate change, sustainable development and support for vulnerable groups and regions, etc. D. Slavova is the initiator of many EESC events and meetings to exchange experience, improve civic dialogue, create broad and useful international contacts between national economic and social councils.

The Economic and Social Council wishes to the Bulgarian EESC representatives Dr. M. Angelova and D. Slavova success in their work to enhance the role of organized civil society in building a better future for Europe.

Information from EESC:

  • Unlike EESC members who are elected for a five-year term, the President and the two Vice-Presidents are elected by each of the three groups (Employers' Group, Workers' Group and Other Interests Groups) on a rotation basis for a two-and-a-half-year term. They are elected by a simple majority during the inaugural plenary session, which in this case was held on 18 April. This is called the renewal of the composition of the bodies in the mid-term. After the election, the President presents the work programme for the duration of his mandate. The President is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Committee and represents the EESC in its relations with the other institutions and bodies. The two Vice-Presidents, elected from among the members of the two groups of which the President is not elected, are responsible for communication and budget respectively.
  • The EESC is made up of 350 members from the 28 EU Member States. Members are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council of the European Union for a term of five years. They work independently in the interest of all EU citizens. They are not politicians, but employers, trade unionists and representatives of various groups such as farmers, consumers, environmental organizations, the social economy, SMEs, the liberal professions and associations of people with disabilities, volunteers, youth, academia, equality between the sexes workers and others.



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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