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. Experts and key stakeholders from seven carefully selected EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research to outline current challenges, future scenarios and possible strategic responses to the far-reaching yet largely unexplored consequences/implications of this persistent trend. Read more here
The European Centre together with seven other partners from Albania, FYRoM, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia implements ‘Posting of workers in Eastern Europe‘ (EEPOW) with the support of DG Employment, European Commission from January 2018 until December 2019. The EEPOW Project assists in implementing the Directive already before it gets into force and it assists in preventing social dumping, i.e. the use of cheap labour for the four candidate countries Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The European Centre together with UNDP – Istanbul Regional Hub implements ‘Integrated Case Management for Employment and Social Welfare Users in the Western Balkan economies‘ from July until November 2017. It contributes to the project ‘Promoting Inclusive Labour Market Solutions in the Western Balkans’.
The European Centre together with its partners Save the Children Sweden and Save the Children International Kosovo Office implemens the project ‘Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups‘ from April 2017 to September 2019.
The European Centre together with its partners: Municipality of Krivogaštani (Macedonia); LAG AGRO Lider (Macedonia); Austrian Embassy, Skopje; Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection; implemented the project ‘Innovating health and social care in rural areas – New approaches for Macedonia’ from March 2016 to September 2016.
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.