31/08/21, 11:00–12:30 (CEST) JVI webinar: The international investment policy regime

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);

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.

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

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