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.
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
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 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.
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 Jevšnik, 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 Krilić, ZRC SAZU, Ms. Aleksandra Iloska, PUBLIC, and Ms. Kristina Djurić, 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.
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.
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
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.
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’ Welfare Funds – CNCE) presented the Italian experience. Whereas Sanja Cukut Krilić (ZRC SAZU, Slovenia) and Margarita Glaser (The Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Fund/Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungskasse) presented the experience of the peer countries Slovenia and Austria, respectively.
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.
The first event of the project Posting of third country nationals: Mapping the trend in the construction sector was held in Ljubljana on March 28, 2019. The teams of the five partner organizations: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts – ZRC SAZU (Slovenia), European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Austria), Ca’Foscari University of Venice – UNIVE (Italy), University of Jyväskylä – JYU (Finland), and University of Warsaw – UW (Poland) got together to discuss the coordination and implementation of the project activities. In the afternoon, the lead partner, ZRC SAZU, also organized a methodological seminar on the use of foresights as an innovative method in migration research. Read more about the project
On the 28 February 2019, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (European Centre) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (BMASGK) coorganized a peer review in the frame of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The focus of the peer review was on how authorities and organisations manage posting and exchange knowledge and information, as well as establish and/or strengthen cooperation between the different institutions across the countries. The event was greeted by Eva-Maria Fehringer, BMASGK, and by Federico Pancaldi, European Commission. Sonila Danaj (European Centre), Robert Murr (BMASGK) and Walter Gagawczuk (Arbeiterkammer) presented the Austrian experience, as the host country, in implementing the Enforcement Directive by focusing on access to information and transnational exchange and cooperation. While Cathleen Rabe-Rosendahl, Center for Social Research, Halle, Germany, and Sanja Cukut Krilić, ZRC SAZU, Slovenia, presented the experience of the peer countries, i.e. Germany and Slovenia respectively. Read more about the project.
Key municipal and NGO stakeholders participated in 5 workshops across all regions in Kosovo to develop local action plans for improved social service delivery. This effort is part of the EU-funded project Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo, which is led by Save the Children Kosovo in partnership with the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. On December 19, 2018, the workshop in the North included stakeholders from both Serbian-majority North Mitrovica and Albanian-majority South Mitrovica.
The fourth country workshop happened in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on November 6, 2018. The workshop organized by the local partner, the organization PUBLIC with the support of the European Centre, brought together representatives from the Macedonian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the various ministerial directorates, the Labour Inspectorate, the social partners, employment agencies and researchers to discuss the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive in FYROM and the institutional capacities for implementing the Directive once the country becomes a member state.
Moldovan policy experts and scientists met during the 6th MACRO conference 2018 in Chisinau on 19 October 2018 to discuss Moldova’s 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’t supposed to be only about economic development, but about people. Social investments are core for any economy to grow.
The third country workshop happened in Belgrade, Serbia on September 26, 2018. The workshop organized by the local partner, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia (MOLEVSA) with the support of the European Centre, brought together representatives from the Ministry themselves, Directorate for Employment, Labour Inspectorate, social partners, civil society and researchers to discuss the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive in Serbia and the institutional capacities for implementing the Directive once Serbia becomes a member state.
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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’.
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 – 8 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.