BB Summer School of Evaluation in Social Policies

The BB Summer School takes place on 25-27 August 2021 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: 3 May 2021; register here

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

Closed (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

Closed (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

Closed (7/12/20): Online project presentation: Intra Yugoslav Albanian migration

07/12; 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

Closed (11-12/11/20): JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference

11-12 November 2020: 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

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

European Green Deal Social Sciences and Humanities 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

Closed (25/9/20): Webinar: labour rights in EaP

25/9/20: 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.

Closed (17/9/2020): Online EASPD Regional Forum: Toward community-based living in WB & EaP countries

17 September 2020, 10h00-12h30 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

Closed (7/7/20): Online session: Global Dialogues on Partnership

Online session: Global Dialogues on Partnership, 7 July, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CEST

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

17/6: EASPD Webinar: Covid-19 EU funding opportunities for non-EU Member States

The Coronavirus outbreak presents a major challenge to national, regional and local communities which are on the frontline in countering the disease. In the face of the COVID-19 virus, support service providers are taking their own actions to be able to continue to provide essential care & support services to those who need it most.

The COVID-19 crisis has a huge impact worldwide. While the EU has launched its own programmes for EU Member States, its solidarity also reaches the Western Balkans regions and the Eastern Partnership countries via the following measures:

This webinar aims to gather EU officials and EASPD members from the Western Balkans regions and the Eastern Partnership countries to present the main challenges faced by service providers, and the funding opportunities offered by the EU to address those needs.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 17 June 14h00-15h00 CEST. See Agenda here

27/2/20: Project meeting: POW-Bridge Kick-Off

27/2/20: 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.

14/1/20: Register for the first session of Jour Fixe 2020 on Posting of Workers in Western Balkans

14 January 2020: 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

Better Partnerships for achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030

Brief resume of the International Workshop SDGs Priorities & Challenges of Social Policy in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 14-15 October 2019.

The international workshop SDGs Priorities & Challenges of Social Policy in the Eastern Partnership Countries was held to support the reforms and smooth transitions of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in adapting national policies towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries face significant challenges regarding their social policy systems and strive to transform their social policy systems with the general aim of increasing their efficiency, sustainability and accessibility for all in need. The Workshop was intended to build bridges by identifying and discussing common challenges and proposing meaningful initiatives to help implementing the social pillar of the 2030 Agenda. Read more about the main findings of the Workshop and initiatives of the European Centre here.

The Workshop was organized and conducted by the European Centre in Vienna on 14 & 15 October 2019.

21-22/11/19: 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.

14/11/19: The final EEPOW national event in Bitola, North Macedonia

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.

24/10/19: 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 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.

23/10/19: 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.

14&15/10/19: 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.

26/6/19: 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’ 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.

8/05/19: 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.