NEWS

ACCORDING TO THE STUDENTS, BULGARIA HAS FAR MORE BENEFITS THAN CHALLENGES AS AN EU MEMBER STATE

The last of a series of discussions ESC had with students was at Emilian Stanev Secondary School. More than 50 students from years 9, 10 and 11 who are members of the school's Europe Club that won the European Parliament's Junior Ambassadors award hosted the discussion on "Young People for Europe".

ESC President Prof. Dulevski, PhD introduced the students to the EU and Bulgaria advisory bodies - the European Economic and Social Committee and the Bulgarian Economic and Social Committee and emphasised the role of citizens, including that of young people, in EU decision-making. Yanka Takeva, Head of the Bulgarian Union of Teachers and member of ESC, introduced the students to the role of education and opportunities for young people in the EU.

After a lively discussion, the students came together on the main benefit of all European citizens - living together in peace, understanding and mutual assistance. Secondly, they highlighted the opportunities for free movement and for professional realization within the EU, as well as for improving the infrastructure and settlements in Bulgaria as a result of the absorption of European funds. The topics of migration, demographic problems, entry into the Eurozone and environmental protection were raised as major challenges for Bulgaria and raised comments.

All students agreed on the message that Bulgaria mostly benefits from its EU membership, and they are proud to call themselves European citizens.

MISSION

“THE CIVIL PARLIAMENT” OF BULGARIA

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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