Better Partnerships for achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030

The international workshop SDGs Priorities & Challenges of Social Policy in the Eastern Partnership Countries was held to support the reforms and smooth transitions of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in adapting national policies towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Brief resume of the International Workshop SDGs Priorities & Challenges of Social Policy in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 14-15 October 2019.

The international workshop SDGs Priorities & Challenges of Social Policy in the Eastern Partnership Countries was held to support the reforms and smooth transitions of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in adapting national policies towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries face significant challenges regarding their social policy systems and strive to transform their social policy systems with the general aim of increasing their efficiency, sustainability and accessibility for all in need. The Workshop was intended to build bridges by identifying and discussing common challenges and proposing meaningful initiatives to help implementing the social pillar of the 2030 Agenda. Read more about the main findings of the Workshop and initiatives of the European Centre here.

The Workshop was organized and conducted by the European Centre in Vienna on 14 & 15 October 2019.

Peer Review Slovenia Key Messages

The peer review focused on occupational safety and health of posted workers (OSH) in the European Union (EU). The presentations and discussions during the peer review focused on the legal framework at both the EU level and the national levels.

The peer review focused on occupational safety and health of posted workers (OSH) in the European Union (EU), an issue that only recently has received some attention. The presentations and discussions during the peer review focused on the legal framework at both the EU level and the national levels. OSH related vulnerabilities of posted workers were systematically analysed and explained, and employer’s role and responsibilities in relation to the OSH of posted workers discussed. As an illustrative example, a case of a work accident of a posted worker from Slovenia was presented. After the Slovenian case, the Italian and German cases were introduced. Discussions during the working groups additionally addressed legal and health care mechanism and practices in case of work-related accidents. Furthermore, ideas and suggestions on measures to prevent or reduce OSH-related vulnerabilities were exchanged. Read more about the project here.

Demographic transition and demographic security in post-Soviet countries

The review-and-analytical article deals with the interrelation between demographic transition and national security. The focus is on the countries of the former Soviet Union

The review-and-analytical article deals with the interrelation between demographic transition and national security. The focus is on the countries of the former Soviet Union. It proves that along with two traditional approaches of population policy, i.e. prevention and overcoming of negative consequences of demographic transition, measures of adjustment to demographic change are acquiring increasing importance. Read here

Needs assessment of the posting of Workers Directive in the Western Balkans published

The needs assessment provides a review of the capacities of the four candidate countries of the Western Balkans.

The needs assessment conducted in the frame of the EEPOW Project provides a review of the capacities of the four candidate countries of the Western Balkans, namely Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, to implement the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC). The findings indicate that the Directive has been partially transposed into national law and more needs to be done in terms of structures, human resources, and the engagement of the stakeholders in the process.

New policy briefs on posting in the Western Balkans

Four policy briefs have been published for the full transposition and implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) of the candidate countries.

In the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project, four policy briefs have been published on the existing institutional capacities as well as their needs and requirements for the full transposition and implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) into the national legislation of the candidate countries, namely Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. In order for the briefs to be accessible to national practitioners and general audiences, each brief is also going to be published in the local languages by our project partners.

Albanian profile on working life published

Eurofound has just published the working life in Albania country profile prepared by our colleague Sonila Danaj.

Eurofound has just published the working life in Albania country profile prepared by our colleague Sonila Danaj. The profile presents an overview of the current industrial relations and working conditions in the country. This is the first time that a working life country profile was prepared for Albania.

New Policy brief: Language barriers and the occupational safety & health of posted workers

In this new Policy brief, the authors present language barriers faced by posted workers in nine European Union countries.

In this new Policy brief, the authors present language barriers faced by posted workers in nine European Union countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) and discuss the implications these may have for their occupational safety and health (OSH). As the fastest-growing form of temporary cross-border labour mobility in the EU, posted workers are faced with language barriers which significantly limit the capacity of posted workers to realise and exercise their employment rights, including health and safety rights. The Brief offers recommendations for policy that could help reduce OSH risks many posted workers are exposed to due to language barriers.

Posting of Workers in the Candidate Countries

4 case studies: Implementing the Posting of Workers Directive in Eastern Europe

The four case studies on Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia focus on examining the existing legal and regulatory framework, governance indicators, human capacities as well as the institutional arrangement, inter-agency cooperation and stakeholder engagement with regard to the implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) in these candidate countries of Eastern Europe. Downloadable here

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 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)

Please find here the full capture.