The European Centre together with its partners (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany as co-ordinator) implements the project ‘PAWCER – Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia’ from July 2016 to September 2018. The goal of the PAWCER project is to conduct comparative research on public attitudes to welfare, climate change and energy, all of which are relevant to understanding conflict, identity, and memory. While economic challenges threaten the fundamental relations of solidarity in European welfare states, climate change is likely to become the leading environmental driver of human conflict, and energy to continue fueling geopolitical tensions.
The European Centre together with its partners from Serbia implemented the project SAVE – Social Protection Assessment for Values and Effectiveness from 2014 to 2016. This is the first project in the Serbian framework of PROGRESS that deals with the cost-effectiveness and cost-efficieny of the social welfare system, specifically deinstitutionalization of welfare services.
The project ‘Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia’ is implemented from October 2016 to March 2017. The BACID project intends (1) to transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre; (2) to jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
The European Centre organised the Launch event “Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe” that took place on 19 September 2016 in Vienna. It aimed at exchanging expertise from researchers, policy makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia*, Moldova**, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy, health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in the above-mentioned countries discussed recent research findings and good practice implementation. As a result of the event, the Eastern European Social Policy Network, in short EESPN, was launched gathering researchers, civil servants of respective ministries and other public authorities as well as civil society organisations to intensify exchange and mutual learning in social policies. For more information see following link.
* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
** Republic of Moldova