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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15-16/12/2021 Mutual learning in BB countries: Training on Ageing & ltc Care to the Ukrainian Ministry

On 15 and 16 December 2021, our colleagues, Kai Leichsenring, Magdi Birtha, and Veronica Sandu provided a training on Ageing and long-term care, as part of the Bridge Building Peer Reviews and Trainings project. The training was attended by almost 20 participants, including government officials from the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, as well as by actors from regional authorities, researchers and civil society representatives, who are working on improving long-term care policies and developing social services for older people with care and support needs.

9/12/2021: POW-BRIDGE: Final Steering Group Meeting

The POW-BRIDGE project had its final Steering Group Meeting, on 9 December 2021.  The project coordinators of all seven partner organizations came together to  discuss lessons learned, best practices and ideas for future collaboration.

In the POW-BRIDGE project coordinated by the European Centre, the partners delivered 8 case study reports, 8 policy briefs, 8 video podcasts, and one comparative working paper. At the same time, the partnership organized six events: one Kick-off meeting in Vienna, two Strategic Board Meetings online and organized by our partners in Belgrade and Warsaw, two Mutual Learning Labs online and organized by our partners in Koper and in Bratislava, and one Final Conference organised online by our partners in Venice. All partners expressed their willingness to continue their collaboration in the future.

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.

30/11/2021 first BBinar: Social spending in times of Covid-19

The inaugural BBinar (Bridge-Building Webinar) took place on 30 November 2021 and focused on social spending in times of Covid-19 in the Western Balkan region. Members of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN), European Centre colleagues, and a wider audience participate in these BBinars in order to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas. Download the document to know more.

This BBinar fostered a lively discussion on the impact of social assistance programmes in the Western Balkan region and concluded with ideas how to overcome challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

The next BBinar will take place in February 2022 and will focus on social policies in the Eastern Partnership region. Please stay tuned for the exact time and topic!

09/11/21 POW-BRIDGE final conference

The POW-BRIDGE consortium invites to attend the project’s Final Conference, taking place on 9th November on ZOOM.

The POW-BRIDGE (Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers) Final Conference took place on 9th November (9.00-13.30 CET) on the ZOOM platform. The conference brought together 85 participants representing public authorities, social partners and the research community from the eight project countries. The conference was opened by professor Fabio Perocco, University Ca’Foscari of Venice. Our colleague Sonila Danaj, POW-BRIDGE project coordinator, explained the project methodology and deliverables. In the next sessions, project partners presented findings on the posting regulatory framework and its intersection with other national regulation, public authorities practices and challenges with posting, posting companies practices and challenges, and posted workers protection mechanisms and challenges. During the engaging Round Table that followed, participants heard and discussed the insights provided by professor Silvia Borrelli, University of Ferrara, Jens Arnholtz, University of Copenhagen, Jean-Baptiste Boeri, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, and our colleague Sonila Danaj, who also delivered the concluding remarks. Throughout the conference participants could also watch the video podcasts produced in the frame of the POW-BRIDGE project.

New European Centre initiative: BBinars on social policies in Eastern Europe

The European Centre is launching BBinars, a series of webinars, on social policy in Eastern Europe. The new initiative offer EESPN members, European Centre colleauges and a wider audience, a possibility to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas in the Western Balkans and the Easternship Partnership region.

The European Centre is launching BBinars, a series of webinars, on social policy in Eastern Europe. The new initiative offer EESPN members, European Centre colleauges and a wider audience, a possibility to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas in the Western Balkans and the Easternship Partnership region.

The format includes input by our partners, policy makers , policy experts, or from an international organisation, 2-3 reflections from some actors/experts from the region, the European Centre staff or international organisations and Q&A.

The BBinars will take place every 2-3 months, for max 1.5 hours, via Zoom. We plan the first BBinar for 30 November 2021, 14:00. We are looking forward to your participation!

2021 Reviews of the European Pillar of Social Rights: Updates in the Western Balkans

The European Centre completed the 2021 updates of the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights.  This year, the European Centre also prepared a comparative overview report.

2021 Reviews of the European Pillar of Social Rights: Updates in the Western Balkans by the European Centre

The European Centre completed the 2021 updates of the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights.  This year, the European Centre also prepared a comparative overview report. For more information and to access the 2021 reports, please visit the project website. Read more about the project:  Updated review of the performance of Western Balkan economies regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights and Action Plan (2021).

On-going InCARE survey on ltc

On-going InCARE survey on long-term care: help us collect timely data on people’s experiences, attitudes, and expectations about long-term care.

On-going InCARE survey on long-term care: help us collect timely data on people’s experiences, attitudes, and expectations about long-term care. Please fill in and disseminate the survey – every answer counts!

Bridge building: Continued cooperation with Azerbaijan

The European Centre continues its cooperation with Azerbaijan by signing the Letter of Intent (LoI).

Bridge building: Continued cooperation with Azerbaijan

The European Centre continues its cooperation with Azerbaijan by signing the Letter of Intent (LoI). Elshad Asadov, Chairman of the Board of the National Observatory on Labour Market and Social Protection Issues under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Kai Leichsenring, Executive Director of the European Centre, prolonged the LoI for the next five years.