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.

POW-BRIDGE: Free videos with practical guides for posting companies

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries.

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries. You can access the videos in local language with English subtitles for free on VIMEO:

And also as a playlist on YouTube. Read more about the POW-BRIDGE project.

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

05/11/21 Vacancy: Researcher in Labour Market Policy – apply now!

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on issues on labour market, labour migration and social policy.

05/11/21 Vacancy: Researcher in Labour Market Policy

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on issues on labour market, labour migration and social policy in an international comparative perspective in the UNECE region. These include inequalities in employment (including gender research) and aspects linked to social protection.

Candidates should send their CV and letter of motivation by 5 November 2021.