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.


EU Peer Review on Financing Long-term Care

Ricardo Rodrigues carried out a peer review on the theme ‘ Long-term care – the problem of sustainable financing’, as part of the EU Peer Review process. The discussion paper is available now and focuses on the challenges faced by the peer-reviewed country Slovenia, available options for financing long-term care (tax-based, social insurance, buffer funds, inheritance taxes, co-payments) and their advantages and disadvantages. The discussion paper also includes examples from a number of countries and it is intended as an input for the process of reform of the Slovenian long-term care system. More information as well as the discussion paper can be found here.

Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol: Bestandsaufnahme und Entwicklungsperspektiven


On 19 December Michael Fuchs participated in the seminar "Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol: Bestandsaufnahme und Entwicklungsperspektiven" in Bozen. He presentend lessons learned from the minimum income benefits in Austria ("Bedarfsorientierte Mindestsicherung") and Germany ("Arbeitslosengeld II") for the development of a minimum income benefit in South Tyrol.

The Breadth of Health Economics in Austria


The economics of health and long-term care comprises a large number of highly relevant topics which support evidence-based decision-making for public policy-makers. In November, the newly founded Austrian Health Economics Association (ATHEA) organized its first international conference on Health Economics in Vienna, to which Stefania Ilinca and Andrea Schmidt contributed two original research papers from the field of long-term care economics. These included a paper analysing the determinants of informal caregiving among older people in Europe (based on the project MOPACT) and a paper analysing the use of long-term care services in Vienna (based on the project Demand for LTC and Supply-Mix). The European Centre is an ATHEA member and contributes with its expertise especially to the field of long-term care economics. Further information will be provided in early 2015.

Keynote at the Oxford-Birmingham-KIHASA workshop, South Korea

Pieter Vanhuysse gave a keynote address at the Oxford-Birmingham-KIHASA workshop on Reactions to Structural Population Change in East Asia and Europe. Organized with the participation of the universities of Oxford and Birmingham by the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs, a social policy think tank directly attached to the South Korean Prime Minister's office, the workshop focused on social policy responses to declining fertility and included lectures by a host of East Asian demographers as well as Stuart Basten (University of Oxford) and Ross Macmillan (Bocconi University).

Access to Benefits in Times of Crisis


On 25 November Michael Fuchs participated in the Eurofound Expert Workshop on “Access to Benefits in Times of Crisis” in Brussels. He acted as a discussant on the Eurofound Working Paper and reflected on what could be done to reduce the non-take-up gap in terms of administrative measures.

The Political Adequacy of Quantitative Impact Assessment

On 4 and 5 December Michael Fuchs and Katrin Gasior participated in the European Commission Peer Review "The Political Adequacy of Quantitative Impact Assessment in the Social Field by Means of Micro-simulation Models" in Vienna. Katrin Gasior presented the Austrian online Social Reform Micro-Simulation Model “SORESI”. In the thematic sessions, policy areas for applying micro-simulation in the framework of social impact assessment as well as conditions, potentials and limitations of tax-benefit micro-simulation models were discussed.