Project meeting: POW-Bridge Kick-Off and Methodology Seminar in Vienna

The POW-Bridge Kick-Off and Methodology Seminar was held in Vienna on 27 February 2020. The event brought together partners from six countries: four EU Member States (Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia) and two candidate countries from the Western Balkans (North Macedonia and Serbia). The project aims to investigate the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment as well as how the implementation of the Directive interacts with other EU and national regulations related to posting and how this influences employers’ practices and their deliberations to engage in posting. The project proposes to use novel methods of empirical data collection such as vignettes, therefore the Kick-Off was followed by a methodology seminar, in which the research design and the vignette method were discussed in detail.

Register for the first session of Jour Fixe 2020 on Posting of Workers in Western Balkans

The first session of Jour Fixe 2020: Posting of Workers in Western Balkans by Sonila Danaj

In the first session of the Jour Fixe taking place on 14 January 2020, our colleague Sonila Danaj will discuss findings of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The presentation focuses on the transposition of Posting of Workers Directive in the four candidate countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The analysis draws from research and a needs assessment of their capacities to implement this Directive in terms of six interdependent institutional domains: legal framework, institutional arrangement, inter-agency cooperation, human resources, stakeholder engagement, and public governance. Register here

Integrated Case Management challenges and opportunities in the Western Balkans

Our colleague Sonila Danaj presented research led by the Head of Work and Welfare Unit Anette Scoppeta on the integration of employment and social services in the Western Balkans at the 5th Conference organized by the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in South East Europe in collaboration with EBRD Economic and social inclusion in an age of political uncertainty in South East Europe. The event took place at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade on the 21-22 November 2019. Read about the project.

The final EEPOW national event in Bitola, North Macedonia, on 14 November 2019

The final EEPOW national event was held on 14 November 2019 in Bitola, North Macedonia. The event was organized as a panel discussion moderated by Aleksandra Iloska, PUBLIC, under the title Migration, Labour Mobility and Cross-Border Cooperation with inputs from our colleague Sonila Danaj, Sanja Cukut Krilić, ZRC SAZU, and Federica Misturelli, CIOFS FP Friuli Venezia Giulia. The panelists discussed the findings of the EEPOW project comparing the experiences of managing posting in EU Member States such as Austria, Slovenia and Italy with that of the candidate countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The North Macedonian case was highlighted through the discussions with the audience. Read more about the project.

EEPOW Final International Conference and SG Meeting, Lubljana, Slovenia

The final international conference of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe project was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 24 October 2019. The conference that brought together all project partners, associated partners¬†and other stakeholders from the eight participating countries, was opened by Mrs¬†Mojca Vah Jev≈°nik, project coordinator for the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Our colleague Sonila Danaj¬†presented the project and the deliverables achieved in the two years of project implementation.¬†The keynote speech¬†was¬†delivered by Ms Carita Rammus, European Commission, who spoke on the Posting of workers Enforcement Directive’s implementation in Member States.¬†¬†The conference continued with presentations of the country reports for the candidate countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia by Mrs. Mimoza Agolli, EMA, Albania, Mrs. Sanja Cukut Kriliƒá, ZRC SAZU, Ms. Aleksandra Iloska, PUBLIC, and Ms. Kristina Djuriƒá, Public Policy Institute, respectively. In the afternoon session, Sonila Danaj, European Centre, presented the Needs Assessment followed by a discussion, the concluding remarks and future opportunities. The next day, the final Steering Group Meeting was also held in Ljubljana, Slovenia with SG members reflecting on the implementation of the project and potential future collaborations for the EEPOW consortium. Read more about the project.

Mutual learning on occupational safety and health of posted workers in Ljubljana

On the 23 October 2019, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) organized a peer review in the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The focus of the peer review was on the occupational safety and health of posted workers in the European Union. The event was opened by Mojca Vah Jevšnik, ZRC SAZU, and our colleague Sonila Danaj. The first session focused on the Slovenian case with three presentations: OSH-related vulnerabilities of posted workers by Mojca Vah Jevšnik, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana; Providing safe and healthy working conditions of posted workers by Katarina Železnik Logar, Institute for Occupational Safety, Ljubljana; and What is a (much too often) daily reality of the OSH for posted workers? by Goran Lukič, Counselling office for workers, Ljubljana. In the next session, Rossana Cillo, University of Venice Ca‘ Foscari and Piotr Mazurek, Fair Mobility Project, presented the cases of Italy and Germany, respectively, as peer countries.

Common & country specific challenges & opportunities in social welfare in the EaP countries

The EESPN workshop SDGs priorities & challenges of scocial policy in the Eastern Partnership countries took place at the Europeanc Centre, on 14 & 15 Octobre 2019. 22 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine as well as the ‘reflecting friends’ from other United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) countries discussed common and country specific challenges and opportunities across UNECE countries in social welfare. The next steps focus on mutual exchange of know-how on key topics, on workshops which will look more into depth into the identified challenges, on expert support and region-specific analysis and research on identified policy gaps and sector needs. Read more about the workshop here:

Dr. Anette Scoppetta (Deputy Director, European Centre): Overview of activities linked to the SD Agenda 2030

Ian McFarlane (Deputy Director, UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office): Keynote: Implementing the Social Pillar of the SD Agenda 2030 in the EaP countries

Alexandre Sidorenko (Senior Advisor, European Centre) & Veronica Sandu (European Centre): Presentation of the results of the international SDG workshop

The future of posting: Third country nationals in the spotlight

Save the date! The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research is organising a seminar on the future of the posting. The event is part of the project Con3Post: Posting of third country nationals: Mapping the trend in the construction sector. The focus of the seminar is on the persistent and under-researched trend of the recruitment and posting of third country nationals to work in the single European market. You can register for the event now. More details are to follow.

Experiences of cross-border mechanisms and tools in Italy, Austria and Slovenia

On the 26 June 2019, CIOFS-FP organised a peer review in the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The focus of the peer review was on the bilateral and multi-lateral cross-border mechanisms and tools employed by Member States in order to better implement the Directive 96/71/EC. The event was greeted by Alessia Rosolen, Assessor for Employment, Training, Education, Research, University and Family (Friuli-Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region), Maurizio Romano, Representative for labour policies (Friuli-Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Directorate on Labour, Training, Education and Family), and Federico Pancaldi, European Commission, DG Employment (web conference). Sonila Danaj, EEPOW Coordinator, introduced the project. Luigi Gennari (Labour Inspectorate Trieste and Gorizia), Mercedes Landolfi (National reponsible FILLEA-CGIL on immigration policies and coordination of foreign workers), Feliciano Iudicone (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini) and Giacomo Virgilio (Joint National Committee for Construction Workers‚Äô Welfare Funds – CNCE) presented the Italian experience. Whereas Sanja Cukut Kriliƒá (ZRC SAZU, Slovenia) and Margarita Glaser (The Construction Workers‚Äô Annual Leave and Severance Pay Fund/Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungskasse) presented the experience of the peer countries Slovenia and Austria, respectively.

Remuneration of posted workers and equal pay

On the 8 May 2019, the Center for Social Research Halle e.V. organised a peer review in the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The focus of the peer review was on the implementation of the Directive 96/71/EC regarding the mechanisms and procedures for the enforcement of minimum wages for posted workers and the equal pay principle, as well as thee possible countermeasures to circumvention strategies used to undercut minimum wages and the equal pay principle. The event was greeted byWolfgang Beck., Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration Sachsen-Anhalt (EEPOW Associate Partner) and by Prof. Wolfhard Kohte, Center for Social Research Halle (EEPOW partner). Bettina Wagner, Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Dr. Mathias Maul-Sartori, Judge at the Labour Court Frankfurt (Oder), Annica Wieblitz and Andreas Müller, Main Customs Office Magdeburg presented the German experience, as the host country, on the renumeration of posted workers. While Walter Gagawczuk, Chamber of Labour Vienna, Austria and Quirino Archilletti, FIT CISL Lazio, Italy presented the experience of the peer countries, i.e. Austria and Italy respectively.

Ministers of Health and Labour to jointly tackle long-term care in Macedonia

The Ministers of the FYROM, Venko Filipce, Minister of Health, Mila Carovska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy as well as Harald Fugger, the Austrian Attach√© of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection addressed the need to develop integrated services for health and long-term care at the workshop in Skopje on 5 February 2019. Kai Leichsenring, Anette Scopetta and Rahel Kahlert from the European Centre showcased possible approaches and tools for technical assistance in long-term care interventions and labour market policy. Minister Filipce thanked the Austrian Ministry and the European Centre for the successful cooperation so far.

This Bridging Function is expected to continue in the future with the belief that the European Centre’s expert assistance will jointly help implement new projects and initiatives for integrated services in several sectors.

Social investments in focus – MACRO conference 2018 in Chisinau

Moldovan policy experts and scientists met during the 6th MACRO conference 2018 in Chisinau on 19 October 2018 to discuss Moldova‚Äôs attractiveness for international investments. While public authorities, local businesses, and civil society discussed the role of private and public investment for the countrie’s economic development, the European Centre highlighted the need for social investments. Ms. Anette Scoppetta, Deputy Director of the European Centre, draw attention to the fact that investments aren‚Äôt supposed to be only about economic development, but about people. Social investments are core for any economy to grow.

New reseach directions of using EUROMOD: Austria and the Western Balkan countries in focus at the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, 17 – 18 September 2018

More than 100 participants, researchers and public representatives met to discuss tax-benefit microsimulation practises and in particular, the future of the EU28 model EUROMOD during the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, 17 – 18 September 2018. Besides applications of EUROMOD across the globe (e.g. in Latin America and Africa), scientists from Austria presented research insights of reforms such as the ‘Family bonus plus’, among others. Furthermore, scholars from Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina showcased their tax benefit models that are built on EUROMOD; thereby triggering discussions on possibilities, potentials and challenges on the ‘Western BalkanMod initiative’.

Call for Papers: International Bridge Building Winter School 4 – 8 February 2019

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (European Centre) invites proposals for paper presentations of the theme of:
‘Life-course oriented social policies in Eastern Europe’ for the Bridge Building Winter School, taking place from 4 Р8 February 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

The Bridge Building Winter School aims at gathering and exchanging expertise from experienced researchers who are either based in or have a focus on (but not limited to) Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, and Turkey.

We particularly invite scholars with expertise in life-course oriented social policies related to labour market, employment, gender, ageing, digitalisation, wealth, social inclusion, as well as health and long-term care, etc..

The call for abstracts on academic papers is closed.


Invitation to the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, 17 -18 September 2018

The European Centre together with ISER/University of Essex (United Kingdom) invites for the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, taking place at the Austria Trend Hotel Ananas from 17 – 18 September 2018.

The Wokshop comprises the following sessions:

  • Tax-benefit microsimulation in Austria (17 September, morning)
  • Western BalkanMod initiative of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (17 September, afternoon)
  • New research directions using EUROMOD (18 September, morning)

For more information, see the agenda.

We particularly invite researchers and public representatives with expertise in social protection as well as tax-benefit microsimulation from Austria and the Western Balkan countries, and even beyond (EU, EaP-Eastern Partnership countries, etc.).

We look forward to seeing you on 17-18 September 2018!

The registration for the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop is closed.

First NLO Workshop for strengthening regional cooperation in Bridge Building and Eastern European countries

The European Centre organised the first ‘Bridge Building in Social Welfare Policy’ Workshop with the European Centre’s National Liaison Officials (NLOs) in Vienna, on 19-20 April 2018.

NLOs and representatives from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries, Board Members, and officials from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, met to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of transnational projects. They also discussed project ideas and explored different cooperation and funding opportunities. This was the first of meeting of the European Centre’s NLOs and an important step towards deepened cooperation with the region.