NEWS

ESC PRESENTED TO THE EU THE FIRST BULGARIAN PUBLIC POSITION ON THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

In accordance with its many years of practice regarding the European strategic documents, ESC sent its act on the European Green Deal to the European institutions - European Parliament and the Bulgarian MEPs, the President of the European Commission and the relevant commissioners. ESC was the first institution in Bulgaria to adopt a position on the European Green Deal, and in the process of development held a consultation with Bulgarian EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel.

In its opinion, ESC generally supports the ultimate goal set in the Green Deal for the prevention of climate catastrophe due to environmental pollution. However, ESC emphasises that Bulgaria has good reasons to express reservations about the ambitious goals for an accelerated transition to a low-carbon economy in the EU, especially with regard to the timing of transformation.

ESC points out that the sectors most affected by the Green Deal will be energy, transport, chemical industry, metallurgy and agriculture. That is why it is extremely important for our country to protect its national interests now, before the adoption of the European climate legislation.

ESC emphasises that the transition to a low-carbon economy should not place an additional burden on people who are already at risk of energy poverty. In this context, the opinion draws attention to the need for Europe to create a social pact for the transition to a climate-neutral policy, involving Member States, regions, cities, social partners and organized civil society. Overcoming inequalities and energy poverty, improving the quality of life, creating jobs and social inclusion should be the main goals of the social pact.

ESC is satisfied that in the answers received the Bulgarian MEPs assess as extremely useful and timely the positions of ESC on the Green Deal and share concerns about the socio-economic consequences of its implementation. They also underline that in the discussions and legislative work in the European Parliament on the aspects of the Green Deal they will defend the position of climate realism and adaptation to the specifics of the regions, industry and the public interest.

ESC also received answers from members of the European Commission, stating that they appreciate the position of ESC on the Green Deal as an institution of organised civil society and the social partners in Bulgaria on this strategic document for Europe. At the same time, Ms Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, emphasised that dialogue with national civil society organisations in the political process was a guarantee for achieving the ambitious goals of the green transition in both Bulgaria and Europe.

In his letter, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Affairs Nikola Schmidt draws attention to the positions of ESC on the need for a socially just green transition and measures to preserve jobs in the sectors affected by the reforms - especially energy. He emphasized that, through the Fair Transition Platform and the new Next Generation EU instrument, as well as through the SURE instrument, the Commission was offering the Member States a resource to address future challenges and the challenges posed by the coronacrisis. At the same time, it sets out the Commission 's actions aimed at updating and providing resources for the Youth Employment Guarantee and the Skills and Education Guarantee Mechanism. These initiatives will play a key role in the development of young people, helping them to acquire the skills they need for Europe's green and digital transformation.

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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