NEWS

The discussion organised by the Standing Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds at the National Assembly on "The Future of the Cohesion Policy of the European Union during the New Programming Period 2021-2027 and the Participation of Bulgaria in the Negotiation Process" was attended by the ESC President Prof. Lalko Dulevski, Ph.D., Plamen Dimitrov - President of the Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria and ESC member, Ivelin Zhelyazkov - Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria and ESC member, as well as Bogomil Nikolov - Chairman of the Bulgarian National Association "Active Consumers" and ESC member. The discussion was also attended by Bulgarian Members of the National Assembly, Members of the European Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, Permanent Representative to the EU Dimitar Tsanchev and other representatives of institutions and associations.

On the suggestion of the Ministry of Finance, the Economic and Social Council (ESC) held a consultation on a draft Analysis of the social and economic development of the country after its accession to the EU. This problem-oriented analysis should serve to identify the gaps in the development policies of Bulgaria so far and find solutions in the future national strategy document National Development Programme "Bulgaria 2030", says the special letter of the Ministry of Finance to the ESC. The National Development Programme "Bulgaria 2030" will determine the country's course in the next 10-year programming period with the relevant priorities, objectives and policies.

ESC recommends that Bulgaria should draw attention and implement specific and integrated policies as a priority for vulnerable populations such as children and elderly citizens who are exposed to different risks deriving from the processes of digitization. This is only one of the conclusions of the resolution adopted by ESC on "Challenges for Bulgarian citizens from the risks of the global digital environment".

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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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