Arno Metzler, Chairman of the EESC Group III, is a guest of the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council. Mr Metzler is visiting Sofia for a conference organised by the EESC at the Western Balkans National Assembly: A clear roadmap for progress.

The Chairman of the EESC Group III met with ESC members and praised the work of the Bulgarian institution for organised civil dialogue. The reputation of the Bulgarian ESC is very good because you are among the most developed, active and successful in the EU, he said. Noting the theme of the Western Balkans Arno Metzler stressed that civil society in the Western Balkans must actively co-operate and support Northern Macedonia and Albania for their accession to the EU. We need to campaign together in support of them, because the EU needs a new and bigger family, Arno Metzler stressed. The Chair of the Group III in the EESC noted the active role of Bulgarian members in the EESC.

Arno Metzler expressed his full support for ESC activities and wished all related institutions in the Western Balkans to be the best advocates for speeding up the accession process of Northern Macedonia and Albania to the EU.



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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