EESPN blog

We welcome blog contributions (500 – 800 words) about the Bridge Building region on any of the main areas of EESPN:

Health, care, employment, labour mobility/migration, social policy,  social welfare, any other related topic

An EESPN blog contribution should fulfill one or more of these criteria:

  • contain research-based results in social policy or of the welfare state (with indications of the research conducted such as a reference or a link to a website);
  • be linked to one of the Bridge Building countries (see EESPN website); favourably comparative and/or with a bridging focus;
  • aim at enhancing efficiency, building just/fair social policies and improving structures in social welfare;
  • aim at knowledge exchange based on practical findings contributing to the common EESPN mission; and
  • be of mutual benefit for readers such as presenting findings from research and/or policy practice from which other readers can learn from.

Please send submissions or any inquiries to Monika Hunjadi:



At first glance, there is a solid ground for singling out older people during the current pandemic as a special group: the mortality related to COVID-19 is increasing with the age and for those 80 and above years old it is five times the global average based on WHO data.

Ukrainian Government’s response to COVID-19

Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine is constantly working on the development and improvement of anti-crisis measures aimed at strengthening the social protection. A number of initiatives have been taken in Ukraine to support socially vulnerable groups.

Dismantling health and social care systems kills

Research carried out by the European Centre had already shown pervasive inequalities in access to care as well as in the coverage of health insurance and potential remedies. The Covid-19 crisis brings the evidence to the headlines of the news that social inequalities and the dismantling of health and social welfare systems are killing people. The current crisis also shows that health and social care are not a ‘product’ which can be produced low-cost and provided to those with sufficiently large incomes only.

Quality of social services during and after COVID-19

In the current conditions of coronapandemia, social services and the activities of social service providers are communicated in Slovakia in two main contexts. Firstly, social service providers, their managements and staff are highlighted as heroes of the today who act „in the first line“. Secondly, the venues of social services are considered as one of the possible spaces for the infection outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease. In connection with COVID-19, in organisations providing social services for care-dependent persons the state emergency status was declared in the end of March 2020, and, since April 2020 they have become subjects of economic mobilization.