06/05/2022 IFA Global Cafe: Older People of Ukraine in the Time of the Russian Invasion

The current conflict in Ukraine is disproportionately affecting the older people. Despite the enormous number and percentage of older people in conflict-affected areas, decision-makers – as well as humanitarian actors—seem to have paid little attention to this most vulnerable category of individuals. Our colleauge, Dr Aleksandre Sidorenko, will share his experience on productive and constructive work for and with older people in our society. This Global Cafe takes place at 1:00 pm (CET) on Friday 6 May 2022. Register here

02/06/2022 BBinar: Family type childcare in Western Balkans

The third BBinar will discuss models, progress, challenges, and ways forward for the development of the family type cares services for children in Western Balkans with country examples from Croatia, North Macedonia, and Albania. The Western Balkan countries are implementing complex reforms to prevent child separation and provide adequate care for children that lost the parental care. Read more & register here

22/02/2022 BBinar: Social care policy in the new reality

What has changed? What needs to be changed?

The second BBinar took place online on 22 February 2022. Ca. 40 participants from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, etc. gathered to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on social care provision for older people, persons with disabilities and other groups with support needs in the Eastern Partnership region, and beyond. The speakers, Kai Leichsenring, Irina Grigoryeva, Svitlana Aksyonova, and Natia Partskhaladze presented case studies from Austria, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. Check the PPP about the second BBinar.

Social care policy in the new reality

The second BBinar will discuss the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on social care provision for older people, persons with disabilities and other groups with support needs in the Eastern Partnership region, and beyond.

What has changed? What needs to be changed?

The second BBinar will discuss the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on social care provision for older people, persons with disabilities and other groups with support needs in the Eastern Partnership region, and beyond. Basic parameters of “good social care”, like appropriateness, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability seem to have deteriorated during the last two years. Therefore, it is important to reflect on the status of this sector of social policy and identify innovative policy approaches and practices that emerged in the new reality – at home, in the community, and in institutions. Read more & register here

15-16/12/2021 Mutual learning in BB countries: Training on Ageing & ltc Care to the Ukrainian Ministry

On 15 and 16 December 2021, our colleagues, Kai Leichsenring, Magdi Birtha, and Veronica Sandu provided a training on Ageing and long-term care, as part of the Bridge Building Peer Reviews and Trainings project. The training was attended by almost 20 participants, including government officials from the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, as well as by actors from regional authorities, researchers and civil society representatives, who are working on improving long-term care policies and developing social services for older people with care and support needs.

2022 RSA Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

The 2022 RSA CEE Conference will be held in the first half of 2022. It is the third event in a series which started in 2017.

2022 RSA Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations

The 2022 RSA CEE Conference is the third event in a series which started in 2017 in Cluj, followed by Lublin in 2019. The format of the 2022 conference (online, hybrid or in-person) will be decided on in the first half of 2022. Read more about the conference.

9/12/2021: POW-BRIDGE: Final Steering Group Meeting

The POW-BRIDGE project had its final Steering Group Meeting, on 9 December 2021.  The project coordinators of all seven partner organizations came together to  discuss lessons learned, best practices and ideas for future collaboration.

In the POW-BRIDGE project coordinated by the European Centre, the partners delivered 8 case study reports, 8 policy briefs, 8 video podcasts, and one comparative working paper. At the same time, the partnership organized six events: one Kick-off meeting in Vienna, two Strategic Board Meetings online and organized by our partners in Belgrade and Warsaw, two Mutual Learning Labs online and organized by our partners in Koper and in Bratislava, and one Final Conference organised online by our partners in Venice. All partners expressed their willingness to continue their collaboration in the future.

01-02/12/21 Ministerial Conference on Demographic Resilience: Shaping Europe’s Demographic Future

The conference, held on 1-2 Dec. 2021 under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, will convene heads of state or government, ministers and other representatives of governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and the international community. It will kick off a Decade for Demographic Resilience that will mobilize political support for policy responses that are comprehensive, grounded in evidence, and based on human rights. And it will provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and sound policy advice, enabling countries to mitigate negative effects and fully harness the opportunities that come with demographic change. More about the conference

30/11/2021 first BBinar: Social spending in times of Covid-19

The inaugural BBinar (Bridge-Building Webinar) took place on 30 November 2021 and focused on social spending in times of Covid-19 in the Western Balkan region. Members of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN), European Centre colleagues, and a wider audience participate in these BBinars in order to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas. Download the document to know more.

This BBinar fostered a lively discussion on the impact of social assistance programmes in the Western Balkan region and concluded with ideas how to overcome challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

The next BBinar will take place in February 2022 and will focus on social policies in the Eastern Partnership region. Please stay tuned for the exact time and topic!

09/11/21 POW-BRIDGE final conference

The POW-BRIDGE consortium invites to attend the project’s Final Conference, taking place on 9th November on ZOOM.

The POW-BRIDGE (Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers) Final Conference took place on 9th November (9.00-13.30 CET) on the ZOOM platform. The conference brought together 85 participants representing public authorities, social partners and the research community from the eight project countries. The conference was opened by professor Fabio Perocco, University Ca’Foscari of Venice. Our colleague Sonila Danaj, POW-BRIDGE project coordinator, explained the project methodology and deliverables. In the next sessions, project partners presented findings on the posting regulatory framework and its intersection with other national regulation, public authorities practices and challenges with posting, posting companies practices and challenges, and posted workers protection mechanisms and challenges. During the engaging Round Table that followed, participants heard and discussed the insights provided by professor Silvia Borrelli, University of Ferrara, Jens Arnholtz, University of Copenhagen, Jean-Baptiste Boeri, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, and our colleague Sonila Danaj, who also delivered the concluding remarks. Throughout the conference participants could also watch the video podcasts produced in the frame of the POW-BRIDGE project.