EEPOW workshop in Albania

The second country workshop happened in Tirana, Albania on June 26, 2018. The workshop organized by the local partner, European Movement – Albania (EMA) with the support of the European Centre, brought together representatives from the Directorate for Employment and Vocational Trainings, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Labour Inspectorate, social partners, and researchers to discuss the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive in Albania and the institutional capacities for implementing the Directive once Albania becomes a member state.

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First NLO Workshop for strengthening regional cooperation in Bridge Building and Eastern European countries

The European Centre organised the first ‘Bridge Building in Social Welfare Policy’ Workshop with the European Centre’s National Liaison Officials (NLOs) in Vienna, on 19-20 April 2018.

NLOs and representatives from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries, Board Members, and officials from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, met to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of transnational projects. They also discussed project ideas and explored different cooperation and funding opportunities. This was the first of meeting of the European Centre’s NLOs and an important step towards deepened cooperation with the region.

EEPOW Kick-Off in Vienna

The Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) Project had its Kick-Off event in Vienna, Austria on the 27 and 28 February 2018. The project brought together eight partners and three associated partners, four from EU member states (Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia) and four candidate countries from the Western Balkans (Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia). The project aims to proactively address the issue of posting of workers at its pre-accession stage by assisting the participating candidate countries in assessing their needs on the implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive and building their capacities for the implementation of the Directive when it becomes applicable. It does so through various activities on mutual learning, information exchange, cooperation and research among the partner organizations and the targeted national and transnational stakeholders. The Kick-Off was followed by the first Steering Group Meeting of the Project.

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Expert-level workshop in the Western Balkans: 29-31 January 2018, Belgrade

The European Centre commissioned by the UNDP conducted an expert-level workshop regarding ‘Integrated case management in the Western Balkans‘. During the 3-days lasting workshop in Belgrade (29 January – 31 January 2018), the European Centre informed on user-centred approaches for vulnerable and hard-to-employ groups (for public employment and social welfare services). To achieving inclusive labour markets that leave no one behind, the European Centre created a mutual learning and collective rethinking environment for policymakers and civil servants. The workshop showcased good practices and common trends on service delivery in the region and it contributed to the following outcomes:

  • It enabled national policymakers to collectively think and envisage macro (policy), meso (organizational) and micro (beneficiary) level implications of potential case management practices in their own countries.
  • It stimulated practical ideas concerning partnership modalities that will ensure effective and efficient implementation of case management and of local inclusive labour markets vision at large.
  • It ensured convergence towards EU and global good practice enhanced through peer learning and support.
  • It instigated cross-country policy dialogue to help innovate applications to tackle the employment of vulnerable groups and foster inclusive labour markets.

First Bridge Building Summer School on social welfare took place at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in Vienna

Eleven participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine successfully completed the Bridge Building Summer School on social selfare (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). The summer school’s key event, the EESPN public forum, was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. Together with approximately 45 people, the key note speakers Dr. Cartwright and Ms Marić approached the question of ‘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 Launch event ‘Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe’ as starting point of the EESPN

The European Centre organised the Launch event “Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe” that took place on 19 September 2016 in Vienna. It aimed at exchanging expertise from researchers, policy makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia*, Moldova**, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy, health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in the above-mentioned countries discussed recent research findings and good practice implementation. As a result of the event, the Eastern European Social Policy Network, in short EESPN, was launched gathering researchers, civil servants of respective ministries and other public authorities as well as civil society organisations to intensify exchange and mutual learning in social policies. For more information see following link.

* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

** Republic of Moldova