31/08/21, 11:00–12:30 (CEST) JVI webinar: The international investment policy regime: the need to reform and implications for developing countries
There is growing tension between the international legal regime concerning foreign investment and the need to promote sustainable development, which has triggered a move towards reforming international investment agreement (IIA) investment regime. Pressing global health, social and environmental challenges have made the need for reform of the IIA regime even stronger. Most investment treaties still do little to support investment that advances sustainable development and the post-COVID recovery. Register here
North Macedonia: Combination of two distinct funded projects to sustainably improve home care by the Red Cross of North Macedonia
Within the project InCARE – the Red Cross of North Macedonia (RCNM) will focus on piloting an innovative community-based approach to care for dependent elderly, through the integration of an Emergency Button Service within its home care package. Read more
30/07/21, 15:00–16:00 (CEST) JVI webinar: Fiscal Transparency in CESEE
In the wake of the current global health crisis, fiscal transparency concerns have come to the forefront of discussion. Fiscal risks related to public investment, subnational governments, public guarantees, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have increased in CESEE countries, following the strong fiscal response to the COVID pandemic.
While research has shown that fiscal transparency is critical to effective fiscal management and accountability, lack of fiscal transparency has contributed to periods of macroeconomic stress and sovereign debt crises in European countries. Underestimated fiscal risks and deficient fiscal reporting have led to large unexpected debt increases during the global financial crisis. Register here
InCARE newsletter: First issue out!
In this first InCARE newsletter, the team gathered a series of short articles illustrating the many developments since the project was kicked-off in November 2020. You will find information on how the piloting is taking shape in Spain, Austria and North Macedonia, how partners are using the Theory of Change methodology as a red thread across the various tasks, and the first InCARE publications. Read more
Ukraine: Digitisation of the social sphere in Ukraine aims to improve the quality of social support to citizens
The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine is currently implementing its largest digital project called “Action”. The aim of the project is to unite all departments into a single convenient and effective online system and make communication between citizens and businesses with the state convenient and transparent. Read more here.
Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.
The comprehensive agenda aims at increasing trade, growth and jobs, investing in connectivity, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, supporting the green and digital transitions, and promoting fair, gender-equal and inclusive societies. Read more
30/06/21: Kick-off of the BB Peer Reviews & Trainings project
The Bridge Building (BB) Peer Reviews and Trainings project kicked off yesterday. Andreas Schaller, Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection of Austria and Anette Scoppetta, European Centre were opening the online event. Representatives of social protection and health care public authorities from six Bridge Building countires were present at the event.
By implementing mutual learning activities in the BB countries – 11 (potential) EU candidate countries and Eastern Partnership Countries (EaP) – the European Centre provides answers to countries’ needs:
- better coping with the health and social consequences of COVID-19
- fighting poverty, especially for vulnerable groups.
The project corresponds to the principles, objectives & priorities of the 3-years programme on Austrian development policy from 2019 to 2021. Read more
08/08/21: CfA for the new Cooperation Fund
It is now possible to apply for support from The New Cooperation Fund to develop new relations or strengthen existing partnerships between civil society organisations in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries and Denmark.
New Cooperation Fund provides support for smaller projects that allow Danish civil society actors the opportunity to continue and develop existing partnerships as well as entering new or innovative partnerships with one or more partners in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries. Read more
New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR
The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The European Centre team is working with country experts to create high-quality reports to monitor the countries’ achievements and reform efforts of social rights as candidate and potential candidate countries and preparing a comparative overview report for 2021. Within the framework of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) project that is implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and funded by the EU. The European Centre was also engaged as the international expert organization in the reviews prepared in 2018/19 and coordinated the 2020 reviews. Read more
New project: Bridge Building Peer Reviews and Trainings
The project builds on the need for mutual learning between countries of the Bridging (BB) Function. The European Centre offers Peer Reviews and Training dedicated to specific topics in social welfare. By implementing mutual learning activities in the BB countries the European Centre collaborates with its National Liaison Officials (NLO’s). Read more