The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection enabled the European Centre to extend the BB Peer Reviews and Trainings project in the Bridge Building countries until March 2024.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the European Centre hosted an online policy review “Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Social Protection Programmes”, on 12-13 December 2022.
The European Centre has a vacancy for a Research Team Leader to design, manage and carry out research and policy projects in the areas of health & ltc.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova and the European Centre organised an online Peer review on “The design of the social assistance benefit in Moldova: Improving targeting and supporting employment”, on 6-7 September 2022.
The InCARE project collected data on attitudes, experiences, and expectations on long-term care through an online survey between September 2021 – January 2022 across European countries, including North Macedonia.
On 21-22 June 2022, the European Centre organised and facilitated the Peer Review “The integrated policy approach applied for vulnerable groups of society with the Active Inclusion Integration Platform (AIIP) of the Republic of Kosovo”.
The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on topics related to social policy in an international comparative perspective in the UNECE region.
Bridging Building connects the knowledge and policy evidence on social welfare of the EU Member States with the Bridging Building (BB) countries.
The SMUG Transnational Workshop took place in the premises of the European Centre in Vienna on 26 and 27 April 2022, and gathered project partners, external experts, representatives of public authorities and the European Labour Authority.
During April 2022 and May 2022, Anette Scoppetta and Veronica Sandu from the European Centre are providing training sessions on integrated case management, integrated employment and social protection support for the Armenian authorities.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) strongly condemns the unilateral aggression against Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation and the involvement of the Belarusian regime.
CARE will help Member States to provide emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supplies or medical care.
The European Centre, contracted by UNICEF, conducted the Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Moldova. The scope of this report is to examine the degree of realisation of children’s rights, to investigate the unequal realisation of rights across different areas and to identify the drivers of unequal realisation in Moldova.
Mutual exchange and dialogue – including those with Russian colleagues as in our recent BBinar.
The EESPN is celebrating its 5 anniversary this year. The network started to connect research institutions, public authorities and other members in 2017.
The Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) is a 3,5-year research capacity building project funded by the European Union Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme, which started in October 2019.
EU funding has successfully promoted research & innovation (R&I) in the Western Balkans (WB).
The latest news on the POW-BRIDGE project can be found in its third and final Newsletter.
The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries.
The 47th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre closed with a great success with over 50 participants. It was the first GAM 2021 which was open to the public and took place fully virtual for the second time on 19 & 20 October 2021.
The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care, and health focusing both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives.
The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on issues on labour market, labour migration and social policy.
The 47th virtual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre is focusing on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research, on 19 and 20 October 2021.
The Red Cross of North Macedonia (RCNM) will focus on piloting an innovative community-based approach to care for dependent elderly.
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.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine aims to unite all departments into a single convenient and effective online system and make communication convenient and transparent.
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. This agenda is based on the five long-term objectives, with resilience at its core, as defined for the future of the Eastern Partnership in March 2020.
The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).
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.
The European Centre team will support UNICEF Moldova in drafting the Situation Analysis of children and adolescents in Moldova. The Situation Analysis examines the degree of realization of children’s rights, investigates the unequal realization of rights across different areas/dimensions and identifies the drivers of unequal realization (UNICEF, 2019).
The recent Policy brief shows that local innovators should shift focus away from ‘best practice‘ initiatives and towards defining the ‘best fit for purpose‘ initiatives.
The European Centre continues its cooperation with Azerbaijan by signing the Letter of Intent (LoI).
The European Centre team will ask you to provide feedback on the EESPN and Bridge Building activities.
The European Commission has launched its own open access platform for publishing research funded through the Horizon Europe research programme and its predecessor Horizon 2020.
The UniWelIS project, funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme, has launched a new survey to collect evidence and data on mobility experiences and support needs in the region of Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
The European Commission, DG REGIO has launched a study “Cross-border obstacles between EU Member States and Enlargement Countries”. Spatial Foresight, in cooperation with EureConsult and t33 perform this study.
UNICARE wants to hear from you about your experience working on the frontlines during COVID-19.
The findings of the Con3Post project indicated that immigration of third country national (TCN) workers is driven largely by economic discrepancies and wage disparities between the third countries and EU countries.
InCARE aims to develop a coherent and coordinated approach to the development of LTC policy and care services at local and regional level.
The 46th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre took place fully virtually on 19 & 20 October 2020. It focused on social policy and research in the time of COVID-19 and beyond.
The European Union has presented a long-term strategy for cooperation with the Western Balkan region entitled “Western Balkans Agenda on Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport”.
CAF is the European Common Assessment Framework for better Quality in Public Administration. The CAF improves public sector organisations through self-assessment and contributes to Good Governance.
Ukraine adopted the Concept of e-Government Development in 2017, which provides comprehensive development of e-services in accordance with European requirements.
On 17th September the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the Republic Center for Support of persons with Intellectual Disability (PORAKA) hosted the first ever EASPD Regional Provider Forum.
The platform is a one-stop shop providing comprehensive information about funding opportunities in relation to Coronavirus at European Union and national level.
The Commission has adopted a revision of the Erasmus+ 2020 Annual Work Programme, providing an additional €200 million to boost digital education and training and promote skills development and inclusion through creativity and the arts.
Up-to date, the Government has introduced 22 socio-economic support programs aimed at addressing the needs and ensuring the proper social protection of the population mostly suffered as a result of the pandemic. These programs, in accordance with the defined criteria, inter alia, include provision of a financial support to families with children.
On 15th July 2020, North Macedonians were called to vote for a new parliament.
Since declaring the existence of a state of emergency on 18 March 2020, the Government of North Macedonia has swiftly introduced a series of temporary measures to prevent and mitigate the negative economic and social consequence of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemics. Until now, in addition to the public health prevention measures, three packages of Governmental measures have been put in use…
The Feasibility Study will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current child protection policies in Albania, Armenia, Belarus, North Macedonia and Ukraine and will evaluate to what extent a new SOS Children’s Villages Worldwide regional programme will contribute to the fulfilment of human rights of children in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.
The European Centre team will support UNICEF Croatia in drafting the Situation Analysis of children and adolescents in Croatia.
Representatives of the EU Member States, the Western Balkans and Turkey, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and representatives of the central banks of the Western Balkans and Turkey met for their annual economic policy dialogue. The dialogue aims at preparing the Western Balkans and Turkey for the future participation in the European Semester.
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.
The main focus in the field of social development in 2019 focused on the following tasks:
creating a supportive environment for persons with disabilities;
social support for families in difficult circumstances and other categories of population;
creation of conditions for providing a decent old age for the elderly, development of the pension insurance system;
ensuring the protection of children’s rights.
On the 25 March 2020, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on the enlargement and stabilisation and association process for two candidate countries: Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.
The European Centre is currently updating the existing reviews on issues relevant to the European Pillar of Social Rights in the Western Balkans.
Our staff are working from home and can be reached by e-mail or phone.
K. Leichsenring from the European Centre sign the MoU with D. Haraqia from the Employment Agency of Kosovo.
The European Centre started the new POW-Bridge project on the gap between procedures and practices in posting of workers company regulation covering Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and North Macedonia.
The Serbian Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine informs on the policy framework 2019 and gives a good practise on Social protection of families with children.
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 Attaché 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.
The Con3Post project is set up to explore the growing phenomenon of recruitment and posting of third country nationals (TCN), most notably from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector.
The Hungarian social policy of the early 2010s focused on unemployment. The Orbán’s workfare reform aimed at expanding the Public Work Schemes, which mostly failed at integrating their participants into the primary labour market. This was the consequence of a policy centred only on the job places creation rather than addressing quality of work and social inclusion.
To date, SOCIEUX+ has worked in the following countries of the Eastern Parnership (EaP): Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova, undertaking the following actions:
SOCIEUX+ in Armenia: Sharing good practices in disability assessment
The European Centre together with its partners implement the project ‘Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion.