The Orbán welfare reform and its impact on the Hungarian living standards

The Hungarian social policy of the early 2010s focused on unemployment. The Orbán’s workfare reform aimed at expanding the Public Work Schemes, which mostly failed at integrating their participants into the primary labour market. This was the consequence of a policy centred only on the job places creation rather than addressing quality of work and social inclusion.

The Hungarian social policy of the early 2010s focused on unemployment. The Orbán’s workfare reform aimed at expanding the Public Work Schemes, which mostly failed at integrating their participants into the primary labour market. This was the consequence of a policy centred only on the job places creation rather than addressing quality of work and social inclusion. The Public Work Schemes rendered mandatory for people receiving welfare benefits sectorial jobs with a low marketable profile despite the level of education, creating a low and segregated profile for public workers. So that, long-term unemployment issues such as family conflicts, health problems and social exclusion arose. Thus, the Orbán’s policy increased income equality by boosting the employment rate. Yet, it did not increase employability and, by not including public workers into the primary labour market, the workfare reform also increased the poverty gap and the stigmatisation of social exclusion. (Virginia Trulli, postgraduate)

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The activities of SOCIEUX+ AND THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP (EaP)

To date, SOCIEUX+ has worked in the following countries of the Eastern Parnership (EaP): Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova, undertaking the following actions:

SOCIEUX+ in Armenia: Sharing good practices in disability assessment

To date, SOCIEUX+ has worked in the following countries of the Eastern Parnership (EaP): Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova, undertaking the following actions:

  • SOCIEUX+ in Armenia: Sharing good practices in disability assessment

SOCIEUX+ mobilized two public sector experts to support the introduction of a human rights-based approach to disability assessment and eligibility rules, in line with WHO ICF in Armenia, based on a request for assistance received by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. More activities are foreseen in the framework of this action. (SOCIEUX+ 2015-22).

More info: http://socieux.eu/socieux-in-armenia-sharing-good-practices-in-disability-assessment/

  • SOCIEUX+ in Azerbaijan: Training on disability policies

In a mission led by two high-level Moldovan and Lithuanian international experts, SOCIEUX+ trained SRTCLSP staff on disability policies, accessibility of people with disabilities, and inclusion polices of people with disabilities in the labour market and VET. (SOCIEUX+ 2015-22)

  • SOCIEUX+ in the Republic of Moldova: Support in the field of vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities

SOCIEUX+ supported the efforts of the Moldovan Ministry of Labour to set up a vocational rehabilitation services department for persons with disabilities. The experts deployed reviewed the current challenges and assessed its needs for setting up this unit in order to deliver quality vocational rehabilitation services. (SOCIEUX+ 2014-13)

Further information:  www.socieux.eu

Project ‘Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion’

The European Centre together with its partners implement the project ‘Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion.

The European Centre together with its partners: ICF International (Belgium and UK), IRS – Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (Italy) and RadarEurope (The Netherlands) implements the project Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusionfrom 15 December 2016 to 14 December 2020.

Agenda BB Summer School on Social Welfare

Agenda for the Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare

10 – 14 July 2017, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

(Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna, Austria)

Monday, 10th July 2017 Session type Lecturer/ Facilitators
Morning Travel time/Arrival
13.30-14.00 Registration
14.00-15.00 Welcome & Introduction

 

Working session
15.00-15.45 Key societal challenges

 

Input session Kai Leichsenring
15.45-16.00  Coffee break
16.00-17.00 EU-funded programmes: Overview of funding options in Eastern Europe, hints and experiences Training session Anette Scoppetta
17.00-18.00 Pecha Kucha preparation Participant contribution to the Public Policy Forum Working session
Tuesday, 11th July 2017 Session type Lecturer/ Facilitators
9.00-11.00 Marketplace of project ideas Working session
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.00 Thematic focus – Labour market: Employment & migration challenges in Eastern Europe Input session Sonila Danaj
12.00-12.30 Brainstorming on regional challenges and innovative solutions Lab session Sonila Danaj
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-14.30 Thematic focus – Health & Social Services: Inequalities in health Input session Ricardo Rodrigues, Gudrun Bauer
14.30-15.00 Brainstorming on regional challenges and innovative solutions Lab session Ricardo Rodrigues, Gudrun Bauer
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.45 Proposal Writing: From the idea to a successful application Training session Kai Leichsenring, Ricardo Rodrigues
16.45-18.00 Proposal Development I Working groups  
Wednesday, 12th July 2017 Session type Lecturer/ Facilitators
9.00-11.00 Proposal development: Networking & Partnering Training session Rahel Kahlert,
Christian Böhler
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.00 Thematic focus – Social protection: Challenges and policy answers in Eastern Europe Input session Katarina Hollan
12.00-12.30 Brainstorming on regional challenges and innovative solutions Lab session Katarina Hollan
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-14.00 Travel to BMASK by public transport
14.00-17.00 EESPN Public Forum “Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?” Towards evidence-based social policies in Eastern Europe Public event
15.00-15.10 Unequal distribution of wealth between and within Europe European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
15.10-15.30 Pecha Kucha: Brief research insights from the East Summer School participants
15.30 – 17.00 Key note by Andrew Cartwright,
CEU – Central European University, Budapest
Andrew Cartwright
Key note by Sena Maric,
European Policy Centre, Belgrade
Sena Maric
Thursday, 13th July 2017 Session type Lecturer/ Facilitators
9.00-09.45 Thematic focus – Social innovation and social entrepreneurship: Novel solutions for societal challenges? Input session Anette Scoppetta
09.45-10.30 Thematic focus – Social entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe Input & lab session Orsolya Lelkes
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-12.30 Proposal development: Project management & evaluation Training session Rahel Kahlert,
Christian Böhler
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-14.30 Thematic focus – Wellbeing & Social Policies: Challenges and policy answers Input session Orsolya Lelkes
14.30-15.00 Brainstorming on regional challenges and innovative solutions Lab session Orsolya Lelkes
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.45 Proposal development: Budgeting Training session Judith Schreiber,
Anette Scoppetta
16.45-18.00 Proposal Development II Working groups
Friday, 14th July 2017 Session type Lecturer/ Facilitators
9.00-10.00 Thematic focus: Aging in Eastern Europe Input session Alexandre Sidorenko
10.00-10.30 Regional challenges and innovative solutions Lab session Alexandre Sidorenko
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-13.00 Next steps in the joint project proposal/s, wrap up, evaluation and Closing Working session
13.00-14.00 Joint farewell lunch
Afternoon Travel time/Departure

Contact: Anette Scoppetta, esspn@euro.centre.org, phone: +43 1 319 45 05 – 49

The summer school is co-funded by the Central European Initiative.