Welcome to the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

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.


New Policy Brief: Active Ageing Index

The April 2015 Policy Brief by Professor Asghar Zaidi (Senior Advisor) summarises the results of the latest 2014 Active Ageing Index for the 28 EU countries. It provides the in-depth analysis of the constituent parts of the AAI and looks at the trends between the 2010 AAI (year: 2008) and the 2014 AAI (year: 2012).
The Active Ageing Index (AAI) has been developed for the EU countries during 2012, the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The work was initiated at the European Centre, and its second phase is currently undertaken at the Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton. The European Commission with the support of the UNECE funds the AAI project, and its work benefitted from the advice of the AAI international Expert Group. Read more.

Award of a Certificate for the Organization of the Symposium “The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe”


Werner Günther Bregar, European Centre International Liaison Attaché and Assistant to the Executive Director, together with his team at the European Centre, has been awarded an official Certificate by the City of Vienna, the Economic Chamber of Vienna and the Vienna Convention Bureau, for having successfully organized the Symposium “The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe” as well as the General Assembly Meeting of the European Centre. This Certificate has been signed by the President of the Economic Chamber of Vienna, the Mayor of the Austrian Federal Capital Vienna and the President of Vienna Tourism.

Joint Programme Initiative “More Years Better Lives”


Orsolya Lelkes was elected as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives (MYBL) for the domain “Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing”. The SAB discusses and outlines future research goals of JPI MYBL. Currently, 14 countries take part in JPI MYBL, which sets a research agenda and research budget to explore the challenge of demographic change in Europe.

Serbian delegation on a two-day Workshop and Study Tour in Austria

On April 9th and 10th, the European Centre organized a Workshop and Study Tour on Deinstitutionalization and good practices in developing long-term care in Vienna and Lower Austria. The workshop is one of the activities planned as part of the SAVE project, a partnership between the European Centre and the Republic Institute for Social Protection in Serbia, co-financed by the European Commission PROGRESS-Programme. The event started with an expert workshop with presentations from Kai Leichsenring, Stefania Ilinca, Eszter Zólyomi, Ricardo Rodrigues and experts from the University of Vienna, the Chamber of Labour of Upper Austria and the Village (Dorf) Service. On the second day, site visits to the SeneCura Sozialzentrum in Krems and Caritas Socialis facilities in Vienna provided insight into the state of the art of long-term care in Austria.

EU Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing


Ricardo Rodrigues was one of the speakers at the EU Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing that took place in Brussels 9-10 March. Drawing on research carried out by the European Centre, his presentation focused on the main challenges involving long-term care in Europe and how ICT can be part of the solution to some of them. This included issues about addressing unmet need, mainstreaming financing for ICT and potential roles and barriers for ICT use in long-term care. More information can be found here.

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.