Abolishing the unlawful arrangements for administrative regulation of business and reducing the administrative time limits, while all the procedures and services, which are administered by the local or State authorities, shall be simplified to the utmost.

These are some of the recommendations, which the Economic and Social Council has put forward to the Legislature and the Executive in order to enhance the competitiveness of the Bulgarian business. The package of measures is integrated in the opinion on the Possibilities to Reduce the Administrative Barriers and to Improve the Business Environment in Bulgaria as adopted by the ESC's plenary session at a meeting held on 26th March 2009. The opinion was presented at a press conference on 8th April 2009.

The ESC considers the improvement of the business environment as a way of overcoming the negative effects of the crisis. Hence the ESC insists that the State should ensure better quality of the regulations and less bureaucracy, thus the State shall ensure a level playing field for business and shall promote fair competition. Better regulations and fewer barriers to business respectively are of key importance for the enhancement of the competitiveness of the country, the ESC believes.

The ESC reminds that better regulation is one of the key priorities of the European Commission. Streamlining the regulations with the aim to protect the public interests in a way, which shall support, but not hinder the progress of economic activity, is one of the main tasks of the EU Member States. In this context the European Commission sets the objective to reduce by 25% the administrative barriers to business by the year 2012.

In the ESC's view Bulgaria should elaborate a new strategy, contents and standard of a system for evaluation of the impact of the regulations. This should be done in line with the best practices in Europe and through consultations with the social partners.

The ESC stresses that, should the Executive and the Legislature follow its recommendations, their implementation will have a positive effect on the economic growth and employment, attracting foreign investment and development of entrepreneurship in Bulgaria.



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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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