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

Report: Coping with COVID-19: mapping education and training responses to the health crisis in ETF partner countries

Report: Coping with COVID-19: mapping education and training responses to the health crisis in ETF partner countries by the European Training Foundation

This report focuses on how 27 countries neighbouring the European Union (EU) are coping with [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 in the field of education and training, as part of the #learningconnects campaign. The report includes information about countries from South Eastern Europe and Turkey, the Eastern Partnership and Russia, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, and Central Asia on: (1) support for teachers and trainers through multiple channels; (2) access to internet and outreach measures considering equality, opportunities and digital literacy; (3) decisions regarding examinations, certification and validation; (4) school autonomy in organising digital and online learning; and (5) addressing vocational education and training beyond general education subjects. Read more

Journal Article: The European Union’s ‘Potential We’ between Acceptance and Contestation

Journal Article: The European Union’s ‘Potential We’ between Acceptance and Contestation: Assessing the Positioning of Six Eastern Partnership Countries by Vieira

In this journal article, Vieira analyses the European neighbourhood policy and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) from the perspective of social identity theory.  Drawing on the framing analysis of strategic documents and statements, which identifies eight distinct themes, the contribution ascertains three different patterns of EaP states’ interaction with the EU: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine accepting the ‘EU’s potential we’, Armenia holding to the potential we, and Azerbaijan, as well as Belarus, contesting the potential we. Read more

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

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 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

Closed: 2020 grant competition launched for development cooperation projects in the EU’s Eastern Partnership & Central Asian countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is announcing a grant project competition “Support for development cooperation in recipient countries selected by the Republic of Latvia”.

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is announcing a grant project competition “Support for development cooperation in recipient countries selected by the Republic of Latvia“. In this case, they are specific European Union Eastern Partnership countries – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – as well as the following countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Read more