Welcome to the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

The mission of the European Centre's work is to improve social inclusion in Europe by building bridges between policy, research and practice to foster evidence-based innovation in social welfare, between EU Member States and Accession countries as well as countries of the Eastern Partnership to facilitate the integration of welfare systems, but also between various sectors of social welfare to promote people-centred, inclusive and integrated provision of services and facilities.


POOSH Project Kick-off Meeting: Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers

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The POOSH kick-off meeting and 1st transnational conference were held Ljubljana last week, on the 14th and 15th of February. POOSH project investigates occupational safety and health conditions of posted workers across the EU and links them to general labour and working conditions. The successful meeting brought together experts and stakeholders from Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, Germany, Rumania, Italy and Austria, who will be working together on this issue in the upcoming two years. Our future colleague and expert on posting of workers, Sonila Danaj, presented findings from her previous research, focusing in particular on occupational safety and health of posted workers.

Letter of Intent signed with the Republic of Azerbaijan

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In the context of its Bridge Building function the European Centre signed a Letter of Intent with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Azerbaijan during a study tour of experts and policy makers from Azerbaijan to Vienna and the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Consumer Protection. On 18 January 2017, Deputy Minister Ilgar Rahimov and Kai Leichsenring agreed on extending mutual exchange of good practice and research on social protection and social service schemes. Furthermore, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection nominated Ms. Irada Usubova as National Liaison Official to the European Centre. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.

Warm Welcome to Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss and Christian Boehler


We are pleased to announce Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss and Christian Boehler as new members of the European Centre’s Health & Care Unit. After her studies in Vienna and Brighton, Ingrid had hitherto worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology and at the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions. With her background as a health economist she will bring us a lot of experience in evaluation of health technologies and public health interventions and will support the team in ongoing health-related projects. Christian holds an MSc from the University of York and a PhD from Brunel University, London. His career has been marked by several Universities and Research Centres across Europe, e.g. the Syreon Research Institute in Budapest and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville. Contact: Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, Christian Boehler

Warm welcome to Rahel Kahlert

Rahel Kahlert, Foto: Schellack, 2015

We are very happy to announce that Rahel Kahlert has now joined the European Centre as a full-time researcher. Her long-standing experience in evaluating public health programmes in a national and international context will be of great value to increase skills and expertise in the Health & Care Unit. With Swiss and Austrian roots, Rahel holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin where she had also worked as a Research Associate before returning to Austria, where she had (co-)directed the LBI Health Promotion Research in Vienna during the past few years. Contact kahlert@euro.centre.org

Developing an internationally comparable index of human rights-based policies in long-term care for older people

Following recent developments at the international, regional and national levels promoting the rights of older people, researchers at the European Centre will develop an index that comprehensively captures a rights-based approach to long-term care as part of a new study commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The index will measure the extent to which European countries are upholding the rights of older people in their access to care and support services that promote their physical and mental wellbeing. The index will enable cross-country comparison and ultimately the monitoring over time of country standings. The theoretical framework underpinning the index will give particular consideration to the overlaps between the rights movement for older people and the movement for people with disabilities. Read more

Call for Tender for External Evaluation in a New EU-Project

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The coordinator of the project “EPPIC – Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems” at Middlesex University (UK) invites applicants for the position of evaluation of all project activities. The project focuses on drug problems of young people aged between 15 and 24 who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. A variety of prevention programmes will be examined from the perspective of both young people and service providers in all partner countries.

New project: POOSH - Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers

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The project “POOSH” addresses high priority challenges linked to the process of posting in a holistic way, i.e.by integrating the aspect of OSH into the mainstream debate on posting of workers and social dumping. It aims at producing state-of-the-art studies on under-researched themes and thus filling the research gap and producing important new knowledge. The project is implemented by a multidisciplinary research team of five partner organisations during January 2017 and December 2018. With POOSH a comprehensive informational e-­ Observatory on the OSH of posted workers will be created, awareness-raising events organised, and educational material disseminated, thereby contributing to the prevention of violations in addition to monitoring the breaches of labour laws.

New Project: BACID – Social Enterprises in Active Labour Market Policies in Macedonia

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The BACID project intends (1) to transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre; (2) to jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups. Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

Contributing to a more age-friendly region across Austrian-Hungarian borders

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The project ‘Age-friendly Region’ will contribute to more age-friendly societies in the Austrian-Hungarian border region. New approaches to support older people in need of care as well as their families will be promoted by facilitating appropriate living and housing arrangements. The European Centre will accompany this process and evaluate results of the Case Management pilot projects to foster mutual learning between the two countries. The project will be an important step to improve bilateral cooperation between Austria and Hungary in this area.

New project: Mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion

The European Centre is part of the consortium that has been established to support the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) with its mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion over the next 4 years. The ‘Framework service contract supporting peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion’ is led by ICF International and will be implemented together with IRS (Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale) and RadarEurope.