Twelve participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine successfully completed the Building Bridges Summer School on Social Welfare (BB Summer School) at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 14 July 2017. Researchers, practitioners and CSO representatives gathered to foster channels of learning, communication, and partnerships. The main outcomes of the BB Summer School include: the learning of best practices, the exchange of knowledge and experiences, the development of collaborative work, and the strengthening of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN). One key event of the BB Summer School was the EESPN Public Forum hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, where approximately 45 people participated. Dr. Cartwright and Ms Maric delivered their keynotes on ‘Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?’.
Please find outputs on the BB Summer School here:
Short report_BB-Summer School
The summer school is co-funded by the Central European Initiative.
The European Centre together with the CEI-Central European Initiative implemented the ‘Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare‘ to buil capacities and overcome societal challenges from January until August 2017.
The European Centre together with UNDP – Istanbul Regional Hub implements ‘Integrated Case Management for Employment and Social Welfare Users in the Western Balkan economies‘ from July until November 2017. It contributes to the project ‘Promoting Inclusive Labour Market Solutions in the Western Balkans’.
The European Centre together with its partners Save the Children Sweden and Save the Children International Kosovo Office implemens the project ‘Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups‘ from April 2017 to September 2019.
The publication “Bridge Building: Knowledge Exchange in Social Welfare Policy and Research -Innovative Approaches in Labour Market Policy and Health and Long-Term Care in Eastern Europe” compiles Workshop papers presented at the launch event ‘Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe’ (19 September 2016; Vienna). It provides a snapshot of contents for further discussion and, ideally, for mutual learning among the wider European community. It highlights the findings from scholars and experts when examining innovative approaches implemented in their countries. The publication consists of a total of eight papers: four papers offer insights into research and good practice in the field of labour market policy and four papers provide information on findings from the area of health and long-term care.
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.
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?