Sofia, December 3 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with European Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen in Sofia on Thursday, the Cabinet's Press Service reported.
Borissov expressed his expectation that the Sofia-hosted 5th ASEM Labour and Employment Ministers' Conference (December 3-4) provides a good environment for fruitful dialogue. He said this is the first major event in the format of ASEM (the Asia-Europe Meeting) to be hosted by Bulgaria. He noted that Asia-Europe cooperation in this format is efficient and provides an opportunity to debate various important issues of global concern which cannot be solved by individual countries. Bulgaria offers good conditions for such dialogue, considering its EU membership and its friendship and interaction with a number of Asian nations in such areas as the economy, education and historical heritage, he said.
The Prime Minister updated the European Employment Commissioner on the Bulgarian pension system reform. He laid particular emphasis on the latest revisions to the Social Insurance Code, made in July, and the measures taken to ensure the financial stability of the social security system and streamline pensions. The Bulgarian Labour and Social Policy Ministry is working with the International Labour Organization to create and implement a mechanism for determining the size of the minimum wage, Borissov said.