Policy Brief: Unleashing transformation through partnerships: The lost potential of SDG 17 by A. Scoppetta & L. Stott

Policy Brief: Unleashing transformation through partnerships: The lost potential of SDG 17 by A. Scoppetta & L. Stott

This Policy Brief analyses how partnership is understood and promoted in European Union regulations and programmes. The central argument of the brief is that a much deeper understanding of partnership than that presented in the Sustainable Development Goal 17 ‘Partnership for the Goals’ is required to meet the transformational ambition of the UN Agenda 2030 in Europe and beyond. Available here

Report: Life and society in the EU candidate countries by Eurofound

Report: Life and society in the EU candidate countries by Eurofound

This report is based on the Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and focuses on the five current EU candidate countries – Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, which were included in the 2016 wave of the EQLS. The report reviews three broad areas – quality of life, quality of public services and quality of society – and covers indicators on: subjective well-being, standard of living, aspects of deprivation and the work–life balance; healthcare, long-term care, childcare and other public services; social insecurity, perceptions of social exclusion and societal tensions, trust in people and institutions, participation and community engagement, and involvement in training. Available here

Book: Fiscal Decentralisation, Local Government and Policy Reversals in Southeastern Europe by Will Bartlett et al.

Book: Fiscal Decentralisation, Local Government and Policy Reversals in Southeastern Europe by Will Bartlett, Sanja Kmezić, and Katarina Đulić (eds)

This edited collection provides a comprehensive geographic and chronological overview of the decentralisation processes in the successor states of former Yugoslavia and Albania during their transition and EU integration years, from 1990 until 2016. The contributors enrich the wider literature on fiscal decentralisation in transition countries by exploring several broad questions on democratisation, the political economy of post-communist transition, the role of external actors in policy transfer and the issue of financial stability in the post-crisis period. Details here

Book: Social Policy, Poverty, and Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union by Sofiya An et al.

Book: Social Policy, Poverty, and Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union by Sofiya An, Tatiana Chubarova, Bob Deacon, Paul Stubbs (eds).

This edited volume maps the developments and trajectories of welfare states in several post-socialist countries and discusses the outcomes of prioritizing economic growth over social welfare. Authors from different disciplines address key aspects of social protection including health care, poverty reduction measures, active labour market policies, pension systems, and child welfare systems across Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Details here

Book: Extended Working Life Policies by Áine Ní Léime, et al.

Book: Extended Working Life Policies by Áine Ní Léime, Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová, Debra Street, Clary Krekula, Monika Bédiová and Ignacio Madero-Cabib (eds).

This open access volume addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with working longer in various contexts. Details here

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

Con3Post kick off in Ljubljana

Posting of third country nationals in the construction sector: Kick-off in Ljubljana

The first event of the project Posting of third country nationals: Mapping the trend in the construction sector was held in Ljubljana on March 28, 2019. The teams of the five partner organizations: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts – ZRC SAZU (Slovenia), European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Austria), Ca’Foscari University of Venice – UNIVE (Italy), University of Jyväskylä – JYU (Finland), and University of Warsaw – UW (Poland) got together to discuss the coordination and implementation of the project activities. In the afternoon, the lead partner, ZRC SAZU, also organized a methodological seminar on the use of foresights as an innovative method in migration research. Read more about the project

EEPOW Peer Review on guaranteeing posted workers’ rights, Vienna, Austria

EEPOW Peer Review on guaranteeing posted workers’ rights, Vienna, Austria

On the 28 February 2019, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (European Centre) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (BMASGK) coorganized a peer review in the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The focus of the peer review was on how authorities and organisations manage posting and exchange knowledge and information, as well as establish and/or strengthen cooperation between the different institutions across the countries. The event was greeted by Eva-Maria Fehringer, BMASGK, and by Federico Pancaldi, European Commission. Sonila Danaj (European Centre), Robert Murr (BMASGK) and Walter Gagawczuk (Arbeiterkammer) presented the Austrian experience, as the host country, in implementing the Enforcement Directive by focusing on access to information and transnational exchange and cooperation. While Cathleen Rabe-Rosendahl, Center for Social Research, Halle, Germany, and Sanja Cukut Krilić, ZRC SAZU, Slovenia, presented the experience of the peer countries, i.e. Germany and Slovenia respectively. Read more about the project.

Start of project on posting of third country nationals

The Con3Post project is set up to explore the growing phenomenon of recruitment and posting of third country nationals (TCN), most notably from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector. Experts and key stakeholders from seven carefully selected EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research to outline current challenges, future scenarios and possible strategic responses to the far-reaching yet largely unexplored consequences/implications of this persistent trend. Read more here