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The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research. Executive Director is Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin.


Analysing Equity in the Use of Long-term Care in Europe

As the demand for long-term care in old age is increasing throughout Europe, significant differences in the scope, breadth and depth of coverage for long-term care persist across countries and impact on care utilization patterns. In a new Research Note for the Social Situation Monitor, Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefania Ilinca and Andrea Schmidt investigate whether inequalities in the use of long-term care can be explained by differences in care needs or rather reflect inequity in service utilization. Using data from the SHARE survey for 11 European countries, they find that differences in the use of formal care services are mainly driven by needs (“fair inequalities”) while increased utilization of informal care is associated with lower socio-economic status (“unfair inequalities”). The authors consider possible causes and policy implications for these differences. For further results, please, consult the full report here.

New Publication: The case of migrant care workers in Austria


Andrea E. Schmidt, Juliane Winkelmann, Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring published an article on 'Lessons for regulating informal markets and implications for quality assurance' in the renowned journal 'Ageing & Society' (impact factor: 1.323). The article shows that, in spite of unique efforts in Austria concerning legal arrangements for live-in migrant carers, the sector remains a ‘grey’ area within modern labour markets and a challenging area for quality assurance. For further information here.

Article on public employment policies in European Journal of Political Economy


Pieter Vanhuysse published an article in the European Journal of Political Economy (5-year impact factor 1.3) with Prof Markus Tepe (University of Oldenburg) on the political economy of public sector employment in highbrow culture across the German states

Article on social justice perceptions in Social Justice Research


Pieter Vanhuysse published an article in Social Justice Research (5-year impact factor 1.7) with Prof Clara Sabbagh (University of Haifa) on global and local social justice perceptions of Israeli citizens

SORESI – New Web Interface Online!


SORESI is a web application that mirrors the Austrian tax and social benefit system. The application offers a unique chance to explore the effects of reform measures on distribution of income, risk of poverty and fiscal impacts. Users can play around with social contributions, income tax and social benefits in cash. Put yourself in the Minister's shoes and see how your reform ideas would affect the Austrian population: http://soresi.sozialministerium.at For more information please contact: Katrin Gasior or Michael Fuchs.

Slovenian Minister and Delegation at the European Centre

Minister Picture

On Thursday 19 March H.E. Anja Kopač Mrak, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia, together with her Delegation, and H.E. Andrej Rahten, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna, together with his First Secretary, visited the European Centre at its premises in Berggasse 17. During her two-hour visit, the Minister discussed many issues of mutual cooperation as regards European Centre research with Executive Director Professor Bernd Marin and his research staff.
Please click the picture on the left for the whole delegation.

Towards Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery


Kai Leichsenring presented results of research on 'financial incentives' to enable coordinated/integrated health services delivery at a Technical Meeting in the context of the WHO programme 'Developing the Framework for Action in the Context of the European Policy Health 2020 Implementation'. The Meeting took place on 17-18 February 2015 in Istanbul and gathered Ministry of Health appointed representatives from across Member States, as well as partnered international experts and staff from the different technical units of WHO and its offices.

Südtirol project concluding seminar: a 16-country comparison of social safety net adequacy


Pieter Vanhuysse gave a presentation at the concluding seminar "Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol" at the autonomous government of South Tyrol in Bolzano.