SMUG Transnational Workshop: Discussing results at the comparative level

The SMUG Transnational Workshop took place in the premises of the European Centre in Vienna on 26 and 27 April 2022, and gathered project partners, external experts, representatives of public authorities and the European Labour Authority.

The SMUG Transnational Workshop took place in the premises of the European Centre in Vienna on 26 and 27 April 2022, and gathered project partners, external experts, representatives of public authorities and the European Labour Authority. During the 2-days-workshop, the participants discussed:

  • posting as a business model and recruitment strategies,
  • the intersection of migration and posting regimes, 
  • posted workers as labour market actors, 
  • the health and social protection of posted workers,
  • and rules and rights of posted workers.

In the final part of the workshop, the participants discussed and developed joint policy recommendations to the gaps that emerged in the thematic sessions. The results from the workshop will feed into the final project report. Read about the project

Training on integrated policy measures and services for the Armenian authorities

During April 2022 and May 2022, Anette Scoppetta and Veronica Sandu from the European Centre are providing training sessions on integrated case management, integrated employment and social protection support for the Armenian authorities.

During April and May 2022, Anette Scoppetta and Veronica Sandu from the European Centre are providing training sessions on integrated case management, integrated employment and social protection support for the Armenian authorities. The Armenian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the National Institute for Labour and Social Research, the Nork Social Services Technological and Awareness Centre are paired up with local level providers (Integrated Social Services Centres) to transfer knowledge and good practices on integrated policy approaches, integrated policy delivery, case management and activation measures. The training sessions are part of the project Integrated policy response on employment and social protection in the context of COVID-19 crisis mitigation and recovery, supported by social dialogue in Armenia and Tajikistan implemented with ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

War in Ukraine and its economic, social and environmental impact

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) strongly condemns the unilateral aggression against Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation and the involvement of the Belarusian regime.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) strongly condemns the unilateral aggression against Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation and the involvement of the Belarusian regime; stresses that the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces violates international rules and agreements in force and threatens European and global security; the invasion also directly violates the EU’s primary aim “to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its people”; read more

Ukraine: Cohesion funding to support people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

CARE will help Member States to provide emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supplies or medical care.

On the 8th of March 2022, the Commission adopted a proposal for Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) allowing Member States and regions to provide emergency support to people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  CARE is introducing the necessary flexibility in the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy rules to allow a swift reallocation of available funding to such emergency support. On top, the 2022 envelope of €10 billion of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (‘REACT-EU’) funds can also be used to address these new demands within the overall aim of post-pandemic recovery.

CARE will help Member States to provide emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supplies or medical care. CARE may also enhance the administrative capacity of Member States to cater for the needs of refugees by supporting e.g. additional infrastructure equipment or staff necessary to cater for the needs of refugees. Read more ERA4Ukraine page

Situation Analysis Report: Consideration for the Government of Moldova & UNICEF Country Programme

The European Centre, contracted by UNICEF, conducted the Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Moldova. The scope of this report is to examine the degree of realisation of children’s rights, to investigate the unequal realisation of rights across different areas and to identify the drivers of unequal realisation in Moldova.

The European Centre, contracted by UNICEF, conducted the Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Moldova. The scope of this report is to examine the degree of realisation of children’s rights, to investigate the unequal realisation of rights across different areas and to identify the drivers of unequal realisation in Moldova. The analysis concluded that while Moldova has progressed in providing a legal and regulatory framework for children’s and adolescents’ rights and protection these laws do not necessarily result in improved outcomes for children and adolescents. Many vulnerable groups remain excluded in terms of access to good quality services, protection, representation and participation, such as low-income families, families living in remote rural areas, Roma population, children with disabilities and their families.

The main findings of the Situation Analysis Report have been discussed with Moldovan key child rights stakeholders and will be considered for drafting by the Government of Moldova and UNICEF Country Programme. A final version of the Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Moldova is upcoming.

Ukraine: To build bridges we need peace!

Mutual exchange and dialogue – including those with Russian colleagues as in our recent BBinar.

We are shocked and appalled by the unprecedented aggression against Ukraine as one of our key partners in on-going bridge-building activities. Bridges cannot be built if pillars are being destroyed. Mutual exchange and dialogue – including those with Russian colleagues as in our recent BBinar – must continue, and we will also continue to promote peaceful development, with social protection and social policies as cornerstones of citizens’ wellbeing. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people, and with all members of the Eastern Partnership as important pillars for peaceful developments in the region – to facilitate welfare in Europe, warfare must stop! 

5 years of EESPN: Milestones & how the network started

The EESPN is celebrating its 5 anniversary this year. The network started to connect research institutions, public authorities and other members in 2017.

The EESPN is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. The network started to connect research institutions, public authorities and other members in 2017. It’s mission, to link the BB countries with the UN European region, arose from participants of the BB Launch event in September 2016. From that moment, the team of the EESPN have been organising various activities to work in partnership across BB countries. More on EESPN activities

New project: MIGREC

The Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) is a 3,5-year research capacity building project funded by the European Union Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme, which started in October 2019.

The Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) is a 3,5-year research capacity building project funded by the European Union Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme, which started in October 2019. It aims to build a leading scientific research capacity in migration studies at the University of Belgrade (UoB) – Faculty of Political Sciences (FPN), ensuring that the UoB scholars can contribute effectively to the research, policy and practical challenges arising from multiple and intersecting changes currently confronting Serbia, but also the whole of the European Union. Towards this objective, the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences, the Project Coordinator, is strongly linked with the following migration-related research institutions:

  1. The University of Sheffield’s (USFD) Migration Research Group (MRG), an interdisciplinary network of scholars conducting research on international migration and mobility from Sheffield, the United Kingdom,
  2. The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), a policy-oriented research and training institute from Athens, Greece and
  3. The South East European Research Centre (SEERC), a multi-disciplinary and cross-border research institute from Thessaloniki, Greece.

With the complex migration situation in and around Serbia, characterized by dynamic immigration, emigration, and transit migration, the MIGREC Project is concentrated around five thematic areas:

Migrant integration – the project aims at building knowledge on the most important debates around migrant integration in European societies today.

Migration-development nexus – the project aims at building understanding of who benefits most, where why and how in diaspora-centered development strategies.

Migration governance – the project aims at building knowledge of the norms and organizational structures at global, supranational, regional, and national levels which regulate and shape how states respond to migration.

Theories and methods in migration studies – the project aims at deconstructing the existing theoretical concepts and research methods.

Knowledge, debates, and representations – the project aims at advancing the understanding of discourses on migration and migrants and providing a platform to facilitate ongoing social debates in the migration field.

It is MIGREC’s Project ambition to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate policy tools in the national context Serbia in relation to the abovementioned thematic areas, but also so develop theoretical concepts and create innovative approaches in migration studies and to create a platform for the public debate.

Read more about the project >>

EU funding: Promotion of research & innovation in the WBs

EU funding has successfully promoted research & innovation (R&I) in the Western Balkans (WB).

EU funding has successfully promoted research & innovation (R&I) in the Western Balkans (WB), fostering valuable synergies with EU Member States. Click the link below to learn more & watch the testimonials video featuring WB researchers who benefitted from EU funding grants!

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POW-BRIDGE Newsletter 3

The latest news on the POW-BRIDGE project can be found in its third and final Newsletter.

The latest news on the POW-BRIDGE project can be found in its third and final Newsletter. Here, partners present the deliverables of the project, namely the eight policy briefs, the comparative working paper, and the eight video podcasts with practical guides for posting companies in each country. The final conference is also features. For more, please read here.