The European Centre together with its partners: Municipality of Krivogaštani (Macedonia); LAG AGRO Lider (Macedonia); Austrian Embassy, Skopje; Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection; implemented the project ‘Innovating health and social care in rural areas – New approaches for Macedonia’ from March 2016 to September 2016.
The European Centre together with its partners (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany as co-ordinator) implements the project ‘PAWCER – Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia’ from July 2016 to September 2018. The goal of the PAWCER project is to conduct comparative research on public attitudes to welfare, climate change and energy, all of which are relevant to understanding conflict, identity, and memory. While economic challenges threaten the fundamental relations of solidarity in European welfare states, climate change is likely to become the leading environmental driver of human conflict, and energy to continue fueling geopolitical tensions.
The European Centre together with its partners from Serbia implemented the project SAVE – Social Protection Assessment for Values and Effectiveness from 2014 to 2016. This is the first project in the Serbian framework of PROGRESS that deals with the cost-effectiveness and cost-efficieny of the social welfare system, specifically deinstitutionalization of welfare services.
The project ‘Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia’ is implemented from October 2016 to March 2017. The BACID project intends (1) to transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre; (2) to jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
The European Centre publishes the “Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe” papers.
On 19 September 2016, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research launched the event “Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe” in Vienna. The workshop was held in the framework of the European Centre’s “Bridging function”.
Participants and experts of and from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine, presented and exchanged innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care).
The workshop’s guiding questions were:
- Which challenges are primarily addressed by the regional policies in the EU (potential) candidate countries and the countries of the Eastern partnership at present?
- Which innovative responses are provided in the area of labour market policy and health and social care?
- Which links between stakeholder, sectors, countries, policies, and systems need to be established to enhance the impact of policy actions?