EU employment and social policy ministers held an informal meeting in Sofia on 17 and 18 April 2018. The ministers called on Member States to continue their efforts to actively support employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, while noting that the current stable economic growth in the European Union has led to a lasting improvement in the labour market situation.
The forum aims to raise awareness on the role of high performance computing (HPC) systems to shape Europe’s digital future and provide solutions for a wide range of social and economic challenges.
Bulgaria launches a European Network of Women Leaders in the digital industry, called Coalition Women leaders@digital for Europe. The initiative was announced at the SHEleader@digitalconference, organised by the Bulgarian Center of Women in Technology (BCWT), in partnership with the Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.
An informal meeting of EU energy ministers will take place in Sofia on 19 April 2018. The motto of the meeting, which will be chaired by Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, is “Sustainable Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. This is the first informal meeting of the energy ministers within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The biggest challenges in the international process in the climate negotiations in 2018 and the EU’s actions to deal with them were discussed on the second day of the informal meeting of EU environment ministers in Sofia.
School curricula across the EU should focus on developing the digital and entrepreneurial skills of young Europeans to prepare them for life and work in thе digital age. This would help them not only find jobs, but also use technology for their own well-being and civic participation.
The informal meeting of EU environment ministers is taking place in Sofia on 10- 11 April 2018. On the first day of the two-day meeting, the ministers of the 28 EU Member States, the Western Balkans and EFTA partners and the European Commission exchanged views on ambient air quality and better regulation, calling for urgent action and better coordination between different levels of governance.
The security of the digital society is a shared responsibility of governments, civic organisations and businesses, 150 top cyber security experts underlined at an international conference in Sofia. The Cybersecurity Challenges Conference took place on 26 March 2018 and was organised jointly by the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications and the State e-Government Agency as part of the official programme of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Digitalisation and its impact on the labour market, the professional skills of the future, new forms of employment and a better work-life balance were among the topics discussed at the international conference “Future of work– a lifecycle approach”. The event in the context of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU took place in Sofia on 21 and 22 March.
A high-level meeting on the topic “Multimodal Transport for Europe” took place in Sofia on 20 March 2018. The conference aimed at exploring the possibilities of achieving more sustainable and efficient transport and logistics chains in Europe and beyond. Participants discussed in particular the revision of the Directive on the establishment of common rules for the combined transport of goods, which was initiated by the Bulgarian Presidency and aims at boosting the development of multimodal transport.
The General Affairs Council concluded today preparations for the European Council meeting on 22 March 2018. With Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva as chair, the Council discussed the draft conclusions that leaders are expected to adopt.
The Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council Lilyana Pavlova signed today at the National Palace of Culture a sponsorship agreement with BMW Vertriebs GmbH Bulgaria, represented by the company’s manager Mr. Alexander Milanov. The partnership agreement arranges the delivery of two electric cars BMWi3 for the needs of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018.