Poverty—A Challenge for Economic Development? Evidences from Western Balkan Countries and the European Union

Poverty—A Challenge for Economic Development? Evidences from Western Balkan Countries and the European Union

During the last few decades, economists have tried to find a solution to eradicate poverty, especially since the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals were launched. The target of Goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. While income inequality and unemployment have played a major part in contributing to poor wellbeing in the world, other factors such as political instability, a lack of good investment opportunities, and living conditions have contributed to it as well. Thus, in this work, the authors analyze the factors that impact poverty and compare these results between countries within the European Union and post-communist countries that include the Western Balkan (WB) countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Read more

until 15/10/2020 EaSI call: Supporting people in vulnerable situations

This call for proposals aims to support existing or new partnerships in testing innovative approaches supporting in particular the delivery of Principle 14 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

EaSI call: Establishing and testing integrated interventions aimed at supporting people in (the most) vulnerable situations, Deadline: 15 October 2020

This call for proposals aims to support existing or new partnerships in testing innovative approaches supporting in particular the delivery of Principle 14 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The call will support innovative and experimental local/regional-level projects aimed at putting in place comprehensive strategies, mechanisms and services ensuring a holistic approach to support people in (the most) vulnerable situations.

EESPN countries that can participate in the call include EU Member States, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The deadline for the call is: 15 October 2020.

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Report: COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses. North Macedonia by the ILO in collaboration with EBRD

Report: COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses. North Macedonia by the ILO in collaboration with EBRD

The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) established a joint task force to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the region’s economies. The EBRD/ILO Task Force was invited by the Economic and Social Council in North Macedonia in 2020 to support the development of policy responses when the public health threat developed into a global pandemic with economic consequences. Read more

New Project: Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

The European Centre started the new POW-Bridge project on the gap between procedures and practices in posting of workers company regulation covering Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and North Macedonia.

The new two-year project studies the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment, identifies challenges and develops and shares effective ways of addressing these challenges for posting companies and implementation agencies. The strategic objectives include: to promote and enhance effective and transparent application of EU rules on posting; to promote a more active participation of employers in the process of evidence-based policy-making; and to establish, consolidate and expand multi-stakeholder cross-border collaboration among EU Member States and candidate countries. The project funded by the EaSI Progress programme is going to develop research, cooperation and dissemination activities in eight countries: six EU Member States and two candidate countries.The European Centre iss Lead Partner and collaborating with six international partners for the implementation of this project. Read more here

New information on the policy framework 2019 of Ukraine

The Serbian Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs informs on the policy framework 2019 and gives a good practise on Establishment and operation of the National Coalition to End Child Marriages.

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine informs on the policy framework 2019 and gives a good practise on Social protection of families with children. Read more in the Country fact sheet.

New policy briefs on posting in the Western Balkans

Four policy briefs have been published for the full transposition and implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) of the candidate countries.

In the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project, four policy briefs have been published on the existing institutional capacities as well as their needs and requirements for the full transposition and implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) into the national legislation of the candidate countries, namely Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. In order for the briefs to be accessible to national practitioners and general audiences, each brief is also going to be published in the local languages by our project partners.

The Orbán welfare reform and its impact on the Hungarian living standards

The Hungarian social policy of the early 2010s focused on unemployment. The Orbán’s workfare reform aimed at expanding the Public Work Schemes, which mostly failed at integrating their participants into the primary labour market. This was the consequence of a policy centred only on the job places creation rather than addressing quality of work and social inclusion. The Public Work Schemes rendered mandatory for people receiving welfare benefits sectorial jobs with a low marketable profile despite the level of education, creating a low and segregated profile for public workers. So that, long-term unemployment issues such as family conflicts, health problems and social exclusion arose. Thus, the Orbán’s policy increased income equality by boosting the employment rate. Yet, it did not increase employability and, by not including public workers into the primary labour market, the workfare reform also increased the poverty gap and the stigmatisation of social exclusion. (Virginia Trulli, postgraduate)

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Russian versus European welfare attitudes

The new report of the PAWCER project presents welfare attitudes in Russia and the European countries.

The new report of the PAWCER project presents welfare attitudes in Russia and the European countries. It covers public support for changes in social protection systems as well as in current social policies. The vulnerable groups include: the poor and concern about income redistribution, the unemployed and unemployment benefits, the elderly and public pensions, working parents and childcare, as well as migrants and accessibility to social rights. See project here