Events

17/06/22 2022 JVI Annual Lecture on Central and Eastern Europe after 30 years

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Joint Vienna Institute invites to attend the 2022 JVI Annual Lecture on

Central and Eastern Europe after 30 years. Success and Challenges Ahead

Speaker: Mr. Marek Belka

Member of the European Parliament, Professor of Economics (College of Europe Natolin / LSE Institute of Global Affairs)

17 June 2022, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Joint Vienna Institute, room 700 A-B-C, 7th floor, Mariahilfer Straße 97, 1060 Vienna. Please note that the JVI asks for advanced registration by emailing to events@jvi.org by 15 June 2022.

06/05/2022 IFA Global Cafe: Older People of Ukraine in the Time of the Russian Invasion

The current conflict in Ukraine is disproportionately affecting the older people. Despite the enormous number and percentage of older people in conflict-affected areas, decision-makers – as well as humanitarian actors—seem to have paid little attention to this most vulnerable category of individuals. Our colleauge, Dr Aleksandre Sidorenko, will share his experience on productive and constructive work for and with older people in our society. This Global Cafe takes place at 1:00 pm (CET) on Friday 6 May 2022. Register here

02/06/2022 BBinar: Family type childcare in Western Balkans

The third BBinar will discuss models, progress, challenges, and ways forward for the development of the family type cares services for children in Western Balkans with country examples from Croatia, North Macedonia, and Albania. The Western Balkan countries are implementing complex reforms to prevent child separation and provide adequate care for children that lost the parental care. Read more & register here

22/02/2022 BBinar: Social care policy in the new reality

What has changed? What needs to be changed?

The second BBinar took place online on 22 February 2022. Ca. 40 participants from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, etc. gathered to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on social care provision for older people, persons with disabilities and other groups with support needs in the Eastern Partnership region, and beyond. The speakers, Kai Leichsenring, Irina Grigoryeva, Svitlana Aksyonova, and Natia Partskhaladze presented case studies from Austria, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. Check the PPP about the second BBinar.

Social care policy in the new reality

What has changed? What needs to be changed?

The second BBinar will discuss the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on social care provision for older people, persons with disabilities and other groups with support needs in the Eastern Partnership region, and beyond. Basic parameters of “good social care”, like appropriateness, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability seem to have deteriorated during the last two years. Therefore, it is important to reflect on the status of this sector of social policy and identify innovative policy approaches and practices that emerged in the new reality – at home, in the community, and in institutions. Read more & register here

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.

2022 RSA Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

2022 RSA Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations

The 2022 RSA CEE Conference is the third event in a series which started in 2017 in Cluj, followed by Lublin in 2019. The format of the 2022 conference (online, hybrid or in-person) will be decided on in the first half of 2022. Read more about the conference.

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.

01-02/12/21 Ministerial Conference on Demographic Resilience: Shaping Europe’s Demographic Future

The conference, held on 1-2 Dec. 2021 under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, will convene heads of state or government, ministers and other representatives of governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and the international community. It will kick off a Decade for Demographic Resilience that will mobilize political support for policy responses that are comprehensive, grounded in evidence, and based on human rights. And it will provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and sound policy advice, enabling countries to mitigate negative effects and fully harness the opportunities that come with demographic change. More about the conference

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 (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 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!

09/11/21 POW-BRIDGE final conference: The gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

The POW-BRIDGE (Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers) consortium is pleased to invite you to attend the project’s Final Conference, taking place on 9th November (9.00-13.30 CET) on the ZOOM platform.

22-24/09/21: Great success at the 2nd virtual BB Summer School

The European Centre hosted with great success the second virtual 2021 Bridge building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 22-24 September 2021. 11 participants from the ‘Bridge building’ region, specifically Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, as well as Ukraine, and European Centre staff exchanged and enhanced knowledge in commissioning and conducting social policy-oriented monitoring and evaluation projects and programmes. We are looking forward to staying connected through the EESPN.

22-24/09/21: Second virtual BB Summer School upcoming

22-24/09/21: Second virtual BB Summer School upcoming

The European Centre is hosting the SECOND virtual Bridge Building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 22-24 September 2021. The first virtual 2021 BB Summer School took place with great success of 13 participants from the BB region, on 25-27 August. The European Centre team is looking forward to welcoming the participants and exchanged and enhanced knowledge in commissioning and conducting social policy-oriented monitoring and evaluation projects and programmes. Read more

2021 BB Summer Schools: First of two virtual Summer Schools

The European Centre hosted with great success the first virtual 2021 Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies (Bridge Building), on 25-27 August. 13 participants from the ‘Bridge building’ region, like Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, as well as Ukraine, and European Centre staff exchanged and enhanced knowledge in commissioning and conducting social policy-oriented monitoring and evaluation projects and programmes. We are looking forward to stay connected through the EESPN. The European Centre team is looking forward to welcoming the participants for the second 2021 BB Summer School, on 22-24 September 2021. Read more

Closed (31/08/21) JVI webinar: The international investment policy regime

Closed (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

30/07/21 JVI webinar: Fiscal Transparency in CESEE

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

30/06/21: Kick-off of the BB Peer Reviews & Trainings project

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

29/06/21 Webinar: COVID-19 & its impact on older persons in low-and-middle-income countries

Alexandre Sidorenko gives an input on Active and healthy ageing: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic on 29 June 2021, 13:00-15:00 CET. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Inclusive Social Development – is coordinating the webinar on COVID-19 & its impact on older persons in low-and-middle-income countries. Register here

28/06/21: Open Data for Impact

28/06/21 Open Data for Impact: How can Open Data be used to empower youth and citizens to create societal change?

29/06/21 Conference – Symposium – Forum: Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg

An opportunity to learn more about Open Data and discover the role of different stakeholders in this field in Luxembourg and Europe! Read more

28/06/21: V4-EaP-WB Virtual Seminar: Youth Digital Inclusivness

Conference – Symposium – Forum
30 June 2021 | online, Poland

The event will provide space for youth workers and youth activists from the Visegrad Group countries, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans to share experiences, establish contacts and discuss issues related to digital inclusion of young people. Read more

POW-BRIDGE MLL2: Solutions to main challenges of posting of workers rules

POW-BRIDGE Mutual Learning Lab 2 (MLL2): Solutions to main challenges in the implementation of posting of workers rules

The Second Mutual Learning Lab (MLL2) of the POW-BRIDGE project took place on 26 May 2021. The aim of MLL2 was to follow up on the results from the first Mutual Learning Lab (MLL1) and to identify and discuss solutions addressing main challenges in the implementation practice of the posting of workers rules in 8 project countries: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Read more, more about POW-BRIDGE

27/5/21: Webinar “The funding & tenders portal for beginners beginners”

27/5/21: Webinar “The funding & tenders portal for beginners”

The Common Implementation Centre organises an open information session on “The Funding & Tenders Portal for beginners” on the 27 May 2021.

This Horizon Europe webinar will take place via YouTube only, from 10.00am CEST. The Funding & Tenders Portal is the single gateway for participants in many EU funding programmes and procurement actions. This webinar is addressed in the first instance to (potential) new users of the Portal. It aims to explain and demonstrate the search for funding opportunities and partners, registration of your organisation, submission of proposals, managing your profile, exploring funded projects and statistics, and many more features. The participation does not require pre-registration; access will be via YouTube web stream only. Live stream, agenda, and additional information are available here.

24/05/21 Webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova

24/5/21, 16:30-17:45 (Chisinau time): Webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova – comparisons between the “Associated Trio” & the Western Balkan states

Independent Think-Tank “Expert-Grup” invites you to take part in the webinar: “New Momentum” for the European perspective of Moldova – comparisons between the “Associated Trio” and the Western Balkan states” on 24 May 2021, between 16:30 pm -17:45 pm (Chisinau time).  The event is dedicated to presenting the results of the study: “Balkan and Eastern European Comparisons: Building a New Momentum for the European integration of the Balkan and Eastern European associated states”. Read more

The event is organized by the Independent Think Tank “Expert-Grup” in cooperation with the Center for European Political Studies (CEPS) and will take place online and shall be held into English. See agenda

25-27/8/21: BB Summer School of Evaluation in Social Policies

The BB Summer School takes place on 25-27/8/21 as part of the Bridging Function of the European Centre. It aims to enhance skills and knowledge in commissioning and/or conducting social policy-oriented Monitoring and Evaluation projects and programmes. The BB Summer School will stimulate an interactive, participatory, and reflective learning among the participants and it will bring together professionals to exchange and enhance their knowledge and expertise in Monitoring and Evaluation, and to contribute to regional cooperation for European integration by:

Capacity building, by enhancing knowledge and sharing information on the state-of-the-art research and policy practice.

Facilitating the exchange of experiences among participants. Interactive, hands-on working groups, and practical exercises will foster peer learning.

Developing ideas and proposals for real world projects, which can contribute to strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation approaches in the European region.

BB Summer School targets professionals working particularly in or with Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries.

Registration is now open for the call for applications for the virtual BB Summer School. Deadline for applications:exted to 10 May 2021 (closed);

10-12/11/21: 15th Global Conference on Ageing

15th Global Conference on Ageing: 10-12 November 2021

Pre-Conference: 9 November 2021

Location: Niagara Falls, Canada

The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health and economic well-being of citizens and societies globally. With the best intelligence that can be gained from public health officials and considering current travel restrictions, the IFA organises the 15th Global Conference on Ageing (for the last time) to November 2021 to ensure the health and safety of all delegates, speakers, staff and volunteers. Read more

28/01/21: Danube Governance Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

28/01/21, 9:00 – 17:00 (CET) Online event: Danube Governance Conference: “Towards European integration with the SDGs” – SAVE THE DATE!

The Danube Governance Conference: Towards European integration with the SDGs is the final event of the program Building Administrative Capacities in the Danube Region (BACID).

It will gather stakeholders to discuss the topics identified as priorities in improving governance in the countries of the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova on their way towards European integration and how the Sustainable Development Goals support this process. This event will bring together partners from public institutions, think tanks and civil society organizations from the whole Danube Region, as well as representatives of the EU and international organizations that are supporting European integration and public administration reforms in the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova. Read more

10/12/20: The Final Con3Post Conference

10/12/20: The Final Con3Post Conference

The final conference of the Con3Post project took place via Zoom on 10 December 2020. The Con3Post Conference brings together researchers from five European countries (Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Finland and Poland) to present and discuss the findings of the empirical research on posting of third country nationals in the EU construction sector. Read more

07/12/20: Online project presentation: Intra Yugoslav Albanian migration

07/12/20; 17-18: To the Northwest! Intra Yugoslav Albanian migration (1953-1989)

In this talk, CSEES researchers Rory Archer and Mladen Zobec present the
research project “To the Northwest! Intra Yugoslav Albanian migration
(1953-1989)” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) which began earlier this year. The research examines the phenomenon of Yugoslav Albanian migration from the Yugoslav south (Kosovo, Macedonia) to the Northern republics of Slovenia and Croatia. Read more

11-12/11/20: JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference

11-12/11/20: Stepping up the game- Driving Urban Transitions JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference, Brussels

On the backdrop of the EU green deal and the Urban Agenda for the EU, Europe is now working on an ambitious strategy to become the first climate-neutral continent, and ensuring liveability, prosperity and well-being for all people in the process. To reach these ambitious goals, urban transformations play a crucial role. Without getting neighbourhoods, towns, municipalities, cities and urban areas right, a great number of efforts will be lost. Read more

27/10/20:Virtual international Day: European Green Deal Social Sciences & Humanities

27/10/20:Virtual international Day: European Green Deal Social Sciences & Humanitiess virtual Brokerage event

This virtual international Information Day and Brokerage Event will highlight research topics under the European Green Deal Call with a relevance of the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Participants will have the possibility to join in a Matchmaking Event. The matchmaking event will give participants the opportunity to join pre-arranged meetings with other participants in order to identify possible collaborators and to facilitate the setup of project consortia.

Researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders actively looking for project partners, can present their project during a flash presentation session. Read more

25/09/20: Webinar: labour rights in EaP

25/09/20: Webinar: Trade Unions, Professional Associations and NGOs in labour rights in EaP

In 2019, CELSI researchers and local experts collected and analyzed data on trade unions and other organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. You are cordially invited to the webinar presenting and discussing the findings of this study in 4 Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The study was funded by the European Union.

Please register here to receive the zoom link for joining the webinar.
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17/09/2020: Online EASPD Regional Forum: Toward community-based living in WB & EaP countries

17/09/2020, 10:00-12:30 Cest: Online EASPD Regional Forum: TOWARDS COMMUNITY LIVING in Western Balkan and Eastern partnership countries

Together with EASPD members from these regions EASPD and PORAKA will:
  • Provide an overview of the key challenges and trends in the provision of services related to early childhood intervention and support to children, education, employment and independent living.
  • Discuss the key recommendations for how authorities can build sustainable community-based services in non-EU countries.
  • Launch the EASPD report on the needs and trends in social service provision in Armenia, Albania, Moldova, North Macedonia and Turkey.
  • Debate how the European Union can play an active role in supporting the development of CSOs, including through funding opportunities, and their dialogue with public authorities.
  • Establish agreements for future cooperation among service providers in the regions.

Read more & register

07/07/20: Online session: Global Dialogues on Partnership

07/07/20, 13:00 – 14:30 CEST Online session: Global Dialogues on Partnership

A recent article by Anette Scoppetta and Leda Stott suggests:
“Agenda 2030 requires a much broader and more vibrant vision of partnership than that afforded by SDG 17, [Partnerships for the Goals] with greater attention to how different collaborative forms and processes might
support the systemic change needed to achieve the SDGs.” Read the article here

You’re invited to join Dr Leda Stott and Michelle Halse during the first session of the “Global Dialogues on Partnership” to discuss reframing SDG17 so it’s fit for transformation. Book here