MINISTERS, EMPLOYERS AND SYNDICALISTS GATHER IN BUDAPEST
The seventh European regional conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was held in Budapest from 15 to 18 February. The Bulgarian state was represented by Hristina Hristova, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, her deputy Valeri Apostolov, and Alexander Evtimov, Head of the European Integration and International Relations Directorate in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.Dr. Zhelyazko Hristov, Chairman of the Confederation of Independent Trade-Unions, and Dr. Konstantin Trenchev, Chairman of the Podkrepa Labour Confederation, took part on behalf of the Bulgarian trade-unions. Representatives of the third Bulgarian participant, the employers organisations, were Teodor Dechev - Deputy Chairman of the Union for Private Economic Enterprise, and Roumyana Georgieva - Director of the Bulgarian Economic Chamber.The opening day of the meeting, February 15, was dedicated to globalisation issues and its impact on the social sphere. The perspectives for a social dialogue in the globalizing world were discussed there. An informal ministerial meeting was also held to review the actions needed to be taken as the report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation was presented.Issues concerning the equality of sexes, youth employment, rights of migrant workers, balancing of the European labour markets, and the pensions reform were among the topics discussed on the following two days. Th conference was closed on February 18.