47th General Assembly Meeting 2021: Successful focus on intergovernmental cooperation

The 47th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre closed with a great success with over 50 participants.  It was the first GAM 2021 which was open to the public and took place fully virtual for the second time on 19 & 20 October 2021.

The 47th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre closed with a great success with over 50 participants online from various countries, namely Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine etc. It was the first GAM 2021 which was open to the public and took place fully virtual for the second time on 19 & 20 October 2021. The GAM 2021 focused on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research and around 60 participants including our Board Members, NLOs, observers, as well as European Centre staff discussed international strategies regarding the UN Agenda 2030 or the WHO Decade on Healthy Ageing. The presentations are accessible with this link.

We look forward to continue our successful collaboration and see you in person next year for the GAM 2022 at  the UN Vienna premises.

26/10/21 Extended deadline! – Vacancy: Researcher for ltc & health issues

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care, and health focusing both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives.

26/10/21 Extended deadline! – Vacancy: Researcher for long-term care & health issues

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on long-term care and health issues, include inequalities in health and care, and integrated care for older people etc, in Austria and on international comparative perspectives.

They offer flexible working hours and a remuneration package compatible with expertise and demonstrated experience.

Send a letter of motivation in English, a CV and two samples of publications by 26 October 2021 at the latest. Read more

19 – 20/10/21 47th General Assembly Meeting 2021 of the European Centre

The 47th virtual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre is focusing on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research, on 19 and 20 October 2021.

19 – 20/10/21 47th General Assembly Meeting 2021 of the European Centre

The 47th virtual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre is focusing on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research, on 19 and 20 October 2021. Presentations will showcase our activities in the context of international strategies, e.g. regarding the UN Agenda 2030 or the WHO Decade on Healthy Ageing, by providing evidence and good practice, by bringing public and civic stakeholders together and by comparing policies across jurisdictions. It is the second virtual GAM with presentations accessible online as webcasts beforehand or during the GAM. Read more & register here

North Macedonia: sustainably improve home care by the Red Cross

The Red Cross of North Macedonia (RCNM) will focus on piloting an innovative community-based approach to care for dependent elderly.

North Macedonia: Combination of two distinct funded projects to sustainably improve home care by the Red Cross of North Macedonia

Within the project InCARE – the Red Cross of North Macedonia (RCNM) will focus on piloting an innovative community-based approach to care for dependent elderly, through the integration of an Emergency Button Service within its home care package. Read more

InCARE newsletter: First issue out!

In this first InCARE newsletter, the team gathered a series of short articles illustrating the many developments since the project was kicked-off in November 2020.

InCARE newsletter: First issue out!

In this first InCARE newsletter, the team gathered a series of short articles illustrating the many developments since the project was kicked-off in November 2020. You will find information on how the piloting is taking shape in Spain, Austria and North Macedonia, how partners are using the Theory of Change methodology as a red thread across the various tasks, and the first InCARE publications. Read more

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience & reform

The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come. This agenda is based on the five long-term objectives, with resilience at its core, as defined for the future of the Eastern Partnership in March 2020.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan

The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

The comprehensive agenda aims at increasing trade, growth and jobs, investing in connectivity, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, supporting the green and digital transitions, and promoting fair, gender-equal and inclusive societies. Read more

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The European Centre team is working with country experts to create high-quality reports to monitor the countries’ achievements and reform efforts of social rights as candidate and potential candidate countries and preparing a comparative overview report for 2021. Within the framework of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) project that is implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and funded by the EU. The European Centre was also engaged as the international expert organization in the reviews prepared in 2018/19 and coordinated the 2020 reviews. Read more

New project: Bridge Building Peer Reviews and Trainings

The project builds on the need for mutual learning between countries of the Bridging (BB) Function. The European Centre offers Peer Reviews and Training dedicated to specific topics in social welfare.

New project: Bridge Building Peer Reviews and Trainings

The project builds on the need for mutual learning between countries of the Bridging (BB) Function. The European Centre offers Peer Reviews and Training dedicated to specific topics in social welfare. By implementing mutual learning activities in the BB countries the European Centre collaborates with its National Liaison Officials (NLO’s). Read more

New project: Situation Analysis of children & adolescents in Moldova

The European Centre team will support UNICEF Moldova in drafting the Situation Analysis of children and adolescents in Moldova. The Situation Analysis examines the degree of realization of children’s rights, investigates the unequal realization of rights across different areas/dimensions and identifies the drivers of unequal realization (UNICEF, 2019).

New project: Situation Analysis of children and adolescents in Moldova

The European Centre team will support UNICEF Moldova in drafting the Situation Analysis of children and adolescents in Moldova. The Situation Analysis examines the degree of realization of children’s rights, investigates the unequal realization of rights across different areas/dimensions and identifies the drivers of unequal realization (UNICEF, 2019). The scope of the Situation Analysis is to underline ‘child development’ related problems as well as progress and ways to overcome these problems and sustain the progress. Read more

4 key principles for promoting social innovation in LTC

The recent Policy brief shows that local innovators should shift focus away from ‘best practice‘ initiatives and towards defining the ‘best fit for purpose‘ initiatives.

The recent Policy brief shows that local innovators should shift focus away from ‘best practice‘ initiatives and towards defining the ‘best fit for purpose‘ initiatives. The European Centre team highlight the need to match investment in social innovation design and development with investment in scale-up and sustainability of social innovation approaches, in order to increase societal impact. They propose four key principles that can guide social innovators in long-term care. More about the InCARE project