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Report: Western Balkans Social Protection Situational Analyses

Report: Western Balkans Social Protection Situational Analyses: Kosovo Millan et al. 

An effective and equitable social protection system can help Kosovo to promote human capital, foster productivity, and reduce poverty. Since its independence in 2008, the country has made considerable socioeconomic progress, benefiting from the support of the international community and its own diaspora. Kosovo’s economic growth has not been sufficient to reduce the high rates of unemployment or create formal jobs. Read more

Journal article: Social protection expenditure and redistribution in the Western Balkans

Journal article: Social protection expenditure and redistribution in the Western Balkans by Mustafa et al.

This paper analyses social protection expenditure, its financing and its correlation with redistribution effects in the European Union (EU) candidate and potential candidate countries from the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Read more

War in Ukraine and its economic, social and environmental impact

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.

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; stresses that the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces violates international rules and agreements in force and threatens European and global security; the invasion also directly violates the EU’s primary aim “to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its people”; read more

OECD Economic Outlook/ Interim Report March 2022: Economic and Social Impacts and Policy Implications of the War in Ukraine

OECD Economic Outlook/ Interim Report March 2022: Economic and Social Impacts and Policy Implications of the War in Ukraine

This Interim Report focuses on the potential economic and social consequences of the war. The war is expected to slow the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and further push up inflation worldwide. Read more

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

Article: Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on labour markets in the western Balkans

Article: Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on labour markets in the western Balkans by Mashovic et al.

This article aims to contribute to the understanding of the pandemic’s adverseimpact on labour markets in the western Balkans and the need to take appropri-ate measures to mitigate this effectively in the forthcoming period. Using aspread of data, we analyse and compare the distributional impacts of the pan-demic recession in western Balkans labour markets in terms of the unemploy-ment rate and the average annual growth in real minimum wages. Read more

Book chapter: Unemployment & Emigration as a (Main) Challenge for the Social Security System & Stability of a Multiethnic State

Book chapter: Unemployment and Emigration as a (Main) Challenge for the Social Security System and Stability of a Multiethnic State: The Case of Montenegro by Domachowska

The aim of this chapter is to present two key challenges to the social security of Montenegro – unemployment and emigration. The analytical basis of this research is a review of economic, sociological and security-related literature, including a secondary data analysis of public policy documents, statistics and media reports. Read more

Article: Social Work in Kosovo, Development, Challenges and Achievements in Mitigating Negative Social Phenomena

Article: Social Work in Kosovo, Development, Challenges and Achievements in Mitigating Negative Social Phenomena by Shaqiri

The thesis of this study is: What is the impact of Social Work in Kosovo in preventing negative phenomena such as domestic violence, violence against women and children? The main focus of this study is the analysis on the necessity and need for strengthening Social Work in Kosovo, the efforts, challenges, confrontations and clashes between time periods and political changes and systems that have already led to a new understanding of Social Work in Kosovo. Read more

 

Ukraine: Cohesion funding to support people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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.

On the 8th of March 2022, the Commission adopted a proposal for Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) allowing Member States and regions to provide emergency support to people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  CARE is introducing the necessary flexibility in the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy rules to allow a swift reallocation of available funding to such emergency support. On top, the 2022 envelope of €10 billion of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (‘REACT-EU’) funds can also be used to address these new demands within the overall aim of post-pandemic recovery.

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. CARE may also enhance the administrative capacity of Member States to cater for the needs of refugees by supporting e.g. additional infrastructure equipment or staff necessary to cater for the needs of refugees. Read more ERA4Ukraine page

29/03/2022 CfP: 1st call 2022 for WBAA Projects

The project proposals must be placed in the context of the European Year of Youth 2022 and specifically contribute to a Global Erasmus+ alumni mentoring scheme.

The project proposals must be placed in the context of the European Year of Youth 2022, which was announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in September 2021, and specifically contribute to a Global Erasmus+ alumni mentoring scheme. Read more