ESC calls for urgent development and adoption of National Strategy for Bulgaria's participation in Industry 4.0, which defines objectives, routes and policies and systematizes the participation and efforts of the society to achieve the necessary degree of competitiveness under the new conditions. In connection to this the ESC also proposes to elaborate National Strategy for Basic Digital Training. In this way, young people, who will receive adequate education and participate in the labour market with relevant knowledge and skills, will be able to realize and contribute to the economic development of Bulgaria. This message is one of the main points of the ESC opinion "Opportunities for Development of the Policy for Young People in Bulgaria" adopted at the last plenary session in April this year.

Policies for quality development and realization of young people is a topic that is constantly in the focus of attention for ESC. In more than 20 acts ESC has persistently analysed and considered many problems related to the personal, educational, labour and social realization of young people, proposing measures and new approaches to solving them.

The current opinion underlines that ESC supports the new European Youth Strategy and notes that a National Youth Strategy 2020-2030 which will correspond to the European one is to be adopted in Bulgaria. ESC supports the work of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in this direction, while outlining the main areas in which the efforts of the institutions, social partners, youth and civic organizations, the school and the family should be directed to achieve the desired results.

Among the highlights of the opinion, ESC put its already stated position that an integrated approach to youth policy is key to its successful implementation. ESC also emphasized in its previous acts that it is necessary to unify, coordinate and synchronize the different areas of intervention on issues that accompany the development of the young person in order to ensure the effective implementation and financial security of the planned actions and measures.

ESC supports the three main principles of the new European Youth Strategy - engagement, association and empowerment, and recommends that the EU youth policy should be included in the European Semester process in order to highlight and monitor the results of cross-sectoral policies in this direction. In connection with the even fuller empowerment of young people, ESC draws attention to the need in Bulgaria to set up municipal youth councils, where they are not yet available, in order to create the opportunity for the young people to participate directly in the dialogue with the local authorities for the solution of community problems. There is also a differentiated approach to age subgroups in the overall age group of young people aged 15 to 29 due to their different needs, which also require specific intervention.

In the opinion ESC presents a number of other measures for the better realization of young people in different spheres of public life such as knowledge of labour and social security rights, encouragement and creation of youth spaces, development of volunteering and participation of young people. ESC calls for the profession of "youth worker" to be recognised as important and to train new people to supply human resources with this specialisation. Last but not least, ESC highlights the role of the social partners and organised civil society in developing the new youth strategy and implementing it together with youth organisations.



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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