Europe will experience its Renaissance by involving the young people. Because one thing is clear: Europe is our common future. And our future will be constructed by the young Europeans, said ESC President Prof. Lalko Dulevski at the European High-Level Forum" Civil Society for rEUnaissance" in Brussels. The President of the Bulgarian ESC was an official participant in the forum at the invitation of the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Luca Jahier who was also the organizer of the event in Brussels.

Only 90 days before the European elections, the conference brought together over 400 people, high-level representatives of European institutions and civil society organizations from across the EU, with special guests including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

In his speech, the President of the Bulgarian ESC delivered a message of preservation and development of the EU as a unique form of cooperation and progress of Member States and of the increasingly important role of young people for the future of Europe. He stressed that Europe now needs unity and innovation, and young people are the carriers of novelty. Therefore, the EU must pay particular attention to young people and give them new and greater powers as well as opportunities. Professor Dulevski also pointed out that the Bulgarian ESC makes a lot of effort to attract young people into its activities and takes into account their positions and interests related to the quality of education, quality of life, health, security, etc. He stressed that the topic of the realization of young people and the policies related to them is constantly on the agenda of the ESC. ESC is currently developing an opinion on policy options for young people in Bulgaria and a resolution on the draft Multiannual Financial Framework for the EU 2021-2027. At the end of his speech, Prof. Dulevski noted that on the eve of the European elections young people are expecting talks about people's problems and not about party issues. They expect not only solidarity but also more justice from Europe, he said.

Other Bulgarian representatives who took part in the discussions include Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament and President of the International European Movement, and Milena Angelova, EESC Vice-President in charge of Budget.

In the second part of the forum, seven thematic round tables debated issues related to business development in Europe, the future of labour, European values and fundamental rights, tackling inequalities and investing in a more sustainable Europe, civic education, peace and culture, maintaining stability in the EU.

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