Maintaining and creating jobs as well as rising in incomes of the Bulgarian citizens are a function of a set of policies concerning the labour market, the demographic problems and the field of education. This position has been expressed by the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council in its own-initiative opinion on Current Problems and Policies on the Labour Market. This opinion was adopted at a plenary session held on 29th March 2010 and was presented at a press conference held on 30th March.

In order to tackle the problems on the labour market, the ESC believes a shift is needed - from anti-crisis measures to the elaboration of a national programme aimed also at economic recovery and restructuring of the national economy. As key requirements and directions for influence, the ESC recommends that the governmental policies and measures should focus on businesses pertaining to the real sector; on people and their households as well as on the key social systems - the social security, health care and education.

In accordance with the guidelines for restructuring of economy and establishing productive employment, the ESC proposes that a national programme is elaborated and adopted; this programme should be along the lines of the New Skills for New Jobs initiative launched by the European Commission. The ESC finds it necessary to adapt the national pathway for flexicurity so as to enforce negotiated flexibility.

In order to cope with the severe demographic situation, which will still affect the labour market in the future, the ESC suggests that a State Strategy on the Development of the Population and its Reproduction of High Quality at least by the year 2050 is elaborated, prepared and adopted.

The ESC finds it necessary also registers of the highly educated and high-skilled emigrants, of the emigrants who are scientific workers and talents as well as of the students abroad to be established. The aim is their intellectual and professional capacity to be utilised by the home country.

Education and professional training is another very significant sector on which the ESC stresses in the adopted opinion. In order to reform this system, the ESC insists that policies for education and vocational training should be implemented in line with the EU 2020 Strategy. The ESC believes there should be set the strategic guidelines for development at all educational levels, while the funds belonging to the State budget, which are allocated for education, shall be increased.

The ESC's proposals concerning the income policy imply the implementation of a policy, which shall lead to gradual convergence of the Bulgarian citizens’ incomes with the citizens’ incomes in the other EU Member States in the long term.



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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