Closed (27/09/21): CfP awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Serbia

the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

Closed (27/09/2021): CfP awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Republic of Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and its action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 27 September 2021. Read more

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

Western Balkans and Turkey: Joint conclusions of the economic and financial dialogue of 19 May 2020

Representatives of the EU Member States, the Western Balkans and Turkey, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and representatives of the central banks of the Western Balkans and Turkey met for their annual economic policy dialogue. The dialogue aims at preparing the Western Balkans and Turkey for the future participation in the European Semester.

Representatives of the EU Member States, the Western Balkans and Turkey, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, as well as representatives of the central banks of the Western Balkans and Turkey met for their annual economic policy dialogue. The dialogue aims at preparing the Western Balkans and Turkey for the future participation in the European Semester.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic confronts EU Member States, the Western Balkans and Turkey with similar unprecedented major public health, economic and social challenges. Participants agreed that it is crucial to maintain the economic policy dialogue in these exceptional circumstances in view of a commonly coordinated response to the crisis. Participants acknowledged the strong solidarity between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey they have been demonstrating by providing medical and financial assistance to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and contributing to address its socio-economic impact in the region. Participants welcomed the measures adopted by the Western Balkans and Turkey to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. They also acknowledged that the adoption of temporary emergency measures should be done in a transparent manner and should not undermine the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights. Participants fully supported the Western Balkans and Turkey in their decisions to allow automatic fiscal stabilisers to accommodate crisis-induced economic fall-outs in 2020. Read more

Improving quality of life in Europe – Sharing data to shape better policies:New results for the EU candidate countries from the European Quality of Life Survey 2016

On 26 June 2018, Eurofound will bring together up to 60 representatives of public authorities at European, national and regional level, trade unions, business, academia and civil society from the EU candidate countries – Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey – to take part in a one-day seminar: “Improving quality of life in Europe – Sharing data to shape better policies”.

The seminar will draw on Eurofound’s recent European Quality of Life Survey and will provide a first opportunity to discuss the findings on life and society in the EU candidate countries. The survey results in the candidate countries provide new data to complement existing social statistics.

The survey shows results in three key areas: quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. For the EU28 since the 2011 survey, levels of optimism are up, satisfaction with living standards has increased and some other quality of life indicators are back to pre-crisis levels in many countries. Nevertheless, persistent inequalities and rising uncertainties remain, for example, in perceived social exclusion, and people with lower income report less improvement in the quality of public services. Particular differences are apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.

The European Quality of Life Survey is a unique pan-European survey that examines the circumstances of European citizens’ lives in relation to both individual well-being and quality of society and public services. It includes topics such as health, housing, family and work-life balance, as well as trust, participation in society, social exclusion and societal tensions.The latest data from the 2016 round are available via the EQLS data explorer. Previous findings (2012) in the Third European Quality of Life Survey also cover Quality of life in enlargement countries.

BB Summer School on Social Welfare

We are delighted to announce the Bridge Building (BB) Summer School on Social Welfare taking place from 10 July to 14 July 2017 at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna). The summer school aims to contribute to more European Cohesion by

  1. building capacities of different stakeholders across sectors and countries;
  2. providing training on innovative approaches, good practices and up-to-date research results; as well as
  3. joint development of relevant research projects.

The summer school is co-funded by the Central European Initiative and particularly addresses stakeholders with expertise on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia*, Moldova**, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The registration fee is € 150. Accommodation, training materials and travel costs up to € 400.- are borne by the organiser. Selected participants have to cover only other costs related to their stay in Vienna (visa fees, insurance, food, etc).

The registration for the summer school is closed.

Please find further information on the programme here.

* The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
** Republic of Moldova