Bulgarian Industrial Association is the representative organization of employers at national level, according to Art. 35 of the Labour Code.

In this capacity, BIA participate in the work of social partnership, as well. in:

  • 18 national advisory councils;
  • Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria;
  • Supervisory and management bodies of the National Insurance Institute, the National Health Insurance Fund, etc .;
  • Working groups and committees at ministries and other institutions.

The National Council for Tripartite Cooperation (NCTC):

  1. Discuss and give opinions on draft regulations governing issues:
  • labor and immediately related relations;
  • health and safety at work;
  • employment, unemployment and vocational training;
  • social and health insurance;
  • income and living standards;
  • issues related to budgetary policy;
  • social consequences of restructuring and privatization.
  1. Carry out consultations and cooperation at national level on employment and directly related relations, security relations, as well as on the standard of living;

  2. Coordinates the work of national programs relating to issues of social dialogue, national and international financing involving all represented in the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation countries

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the EU, which includes representatives of organizations of workers and employers and other groups.

Committee presents views on EU-related issues to the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament, thereby acting as a bridge between decision-makers EU institutions and citizens. The EESC allows interest groups to express official opinions on EU legislative proposals.

The main tasks of the Committee are:

  • to ensure that policies and EU law are consistent with the economic and social conditions while seeking consensus for mutual benefit;
  • encourage EU participation, giving organizations of workers and employers and other stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and ensuring dialogue between them;
  • to promote the values ​​of European integration and to uphold the cause of participatory democracy and civil society organizations.

EESC members represent both sides of industry and social interest groups from across Europe. They are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council of the EU for renewable 5-year term. The number of members per country depends on the population. The members work for the EU regardless of the governments of their countries. They meet 9 times a year. Opinions shall be adopted by a simple majority vote.

Bulgaria participates in the work of the council with 12 representatives, among which is the Executive Chairman of BIA Bozhidar Danev.

The Committee shall elect a Chairman and two Vice-Presidents for a period of 2.5 years. Committee members belong to one of the following three groups:

  1. Еmployers
  2. Workers
  3. Other interest groups (such as farmers, consumers)

Since 2005 BIA is an associate and in 2007 a full member of Europe's largest business confederation - BUSINESSEUROPE.

Through its active participation in the work of BUSINESSEUROPE in forming the positions of the European business community, BIA defend the interests of Bulgarian industrialists and employers at European level.

In order to more effective coordination with the management and experts of BUSINESSEUROPE, BIA has its official representative in Brussels - Jean-Marie Standaert. Mr. Standaert has a long experience in the Belgian employers' federation, the International Organization of Employers and the International Labour Organisation.

In Bulgaria contacts with BUSINESSEUROPE corresponds Center "International organizations and programs', headed by Branimir Handjiev.

The Employers’ Resource Centre is a one-stop-shop service that has been created to respond the needs and demands of employers’ organisations in the 28 EU Member States and candidate countries.

It is managed by BUSINESSEUROPE on behalf of the three cross-industry employers’ organisations at European level: BUSINESSEUROPE, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP) and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).

The ERC provides:

icon-socialIn-depth information on social dialogue issues, including Social Dialogue Committee meetings; A database of EU social dialogue texts and outcomes; The European social partners’ Work Programmes;

icon-2Information on present and past activities of the European social partners, including project deliverables;

icon-3Information on financial opportunities that exist (EU funding opportunities for projects, calls for proposals, etc.).

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