The POW-BRIDGE project had its final Steering Group Meeting, on 9 December 2021. The project coordinators of all seven partner organizations came together to discuss lessons learned, best practices and ideas for future collaboration.
In the POW-BRIDGE project coordinated by the European Centre, the partners delivered 8 case study reports, 8 policy briefs, 8 video podcasts, and one comparative working paper. At the same time, the partnership organized six events: one Kick-off meeting in Vienna, two Strategic Board Meetings online and organized by our partners in Belgrade and Warsaw, two Mutual Learning Labs online and organized by our partners in Koper and in Bratislava, and one Final Conference organised online by our partners in Venice. All partners expressed their willingness to continue their collaboration in the future.
The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries.
The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries. You can access the videos in local language with English subtitles for free on VIMEO:
And also as a playlist on YouTube. Read more about the POW-BRIDGE project.
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
The programme offers seminars and workshops to provide orientational and applied knowledge on the topic of local development, as well as to assist its participants in developing cross-sectoral competences and to foster international networking.
31/03/21 Ukraine Calling: CfA – Project-oriented capacity building for civil society organisations
Project-oriented capacity building for civil society organisations and initiatives from Ukraine, Belarus, France, Poland, and Germany on local development.
Who can participate?
The programme offers seminars and workshops to provide orientational and applied knowledge on the topic of local development, as well as to assist its participants in developing cross-sectoral competences and to foster international networking. Actors from various fields (i.a. education, human rights, culture, media, academia) are invited to apply, introducing a project idea for cross-sectoral transnational cooperation, that they want to develop for subsequent implementation after the programme. A special focus of Ukraine Calling concerns the questions about the way societal chal-lenges can be tackled better by projects involving actors from different sectors (i.e. civil society, culture, city administrations). Read more
The findings of the Con3Post project indicated that immigration of third country national (TCN) workers is driven largely by economic discrepancies and wage disparities between the third countries and EU countries.
Findings of the Con3Post project
The findings of the Con3Post project investigating mobility and posting flows between third countries, EU-sending and EU-receiving countries indicated that immigration of third country national (TCN) workers is driven largely by economic discrepancies and wage disparities between the third countries and EU countries, as well as political and economic instabilities in the third countries. We found that
- some companies have become quite active in the wider European markets providing services through posting of TCNs, which has in many cases become a business model for profit maximisation;
- the intersection of the migration and employment regimes may enhance the vulnerabilities of posted TCN workers, who tend not to defy or report their employers, on whom they depend not only for employment but also for the renewal of their work and residence permits in the sending country;
- despite the mechanisms for control and enforcement of national/EU standards, the vulnerability of TCN posted workers persists due to the cloaking effect of the posting employment characterised by subcontracting, cross-border mobility and temporary service provision.
Read more about the project here
Report: Posting of Third Country Nationals – A comparative study by Cukut Krilić at al.
The study compares the findings from three Con3Post regional reports on mobility and posting flows between EU-sending, EU-receiving and third countries, namely Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina; Italy, Belgium, Tunisia and Morocco; and Poland, Finland, Estonia and Ukraine. The study explores the main characteristics of the trend of posting of third country nationals (TCN) to work in the EU construction sector. Read more
The peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal Problemy Polityki Społecznej/Social Policy Issues invites original paper submissions for a special issue to bring together papers exploring a broad array of research questions related to welfare state and social policies in the CEE region.
30/12/20 CfP: Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region
Journal of Social Policy Issues: Cfp on Special Issue “Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region: past developments, present challenges and prospects for the future”
Deadline: 30 December 2020
University of Warsaw invites to submit original papers to the special issue of Problemy Polityki Społecznej. Social Policy Issues – a peer-reviewed, OPEN ACCESS journal, published by University of Warsaw.
The planned Special Issue “Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region: past developments, present challenges and prospects for the future” aims to bring together papers exploring a broad array of research questions related to welfare state and social policies in the CEE region, that may touch upon past developments, present challenges as well as future prospects. By CEE region we mean a large group of countries including Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine as well as sub-country regions, e.g. east of Germany.
The best paper submitted to this issue will receive an award of 400 euro. Read more
Survey: South-East European local Governments Inpost Covid19 Socio-Economic Recovery by NALAS
Within the BACID programme NALAS and KDZ implemented a study on Covid19. 150 mayors and local government representatives havev been interviewed for this study and reveal the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities and municipalities in South-East Europe. Also good practices and recommendations for the socio-economic recovery on local level are provided. Read more
The European Centre started the new POW-Bridge project on the gap between procedures and practices in posting of workers company regulation covering Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and North Macedonia.
The new two-year project studies the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment, identifies challenges and develops and shares effective ways of addressing these challenges for posting companies and implementation agencies. The strategic objectives include: to promote and enhance effective and transparent application of EU rules on posting; to promote a more active participation of employers in the process of evidence-based policy-making; and to establish, consolidate and expand multi-stakeholder cross-border collaboration among EU Member States and candidate countries. The project funded by the EaSI Progress programme is going to develop research, cooperation and dissemination activities in eight countries: six EU Member States and two candidate countries.The European Centre iss Lead Partner and collaborating with six international partners for the implementation of this project. Read more here