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

POOSH kick-off meeting

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

Signing the LOI

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.

Einladung zur Anbotslegung für Übersetzungsleistungen im Interreg- Projekt „ATHU12 Age-friendly Region“

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Wir vergeben einen Auftrag für das Interreg-Projekt „Age-friendly Region“ im Rahmen der Direktvergabe und bitten Interessenten, sich spätestens bis 31. März bei der Kontaktadresse in der Einladung zu melden.“

Research note on the "Labour market situation and social inclusion of migrants"

Social Situation Monitor

This Research Note prepared by Eszter Zólyomi and Lucia Mytna Kureková as co-authors for the Social Situation Monitor, examines the income of migrants relative to the native-born population and how it changed over 2007-2013. It examines also their access to social protection, in specific, to unemployment benefits and healthcare, and their housing conditions. The second part examines social attitudes of migrants, including their trust in institutions and people, their social values, their voting patterns and other forms of civic and political participation and their perception of the extent of discrimination. Read more

Research Note on "Recent changes in housing policies and their distributional impact across Europe"

Social Situation Monitor

This research note of the Social Situation Monitor, with Katarina Hollan and Eszter Zólyomi as co-authors, aims to explore how housing allowances and mortgage interest tax relief have evolved in recent years, against the background of falling disposable incomes and rising housing costs. The analysis focuses on seven EU countries (Greece, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK), covering a range of housing market developments and housing policy responses. Read more

Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare (10 - 14 July 2017, European Centre, Vienna)

Eastern European Social Policy Network

We are delighted to announce the Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare taking place from July 10 to July 14 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. Deadline for applications: 7 April 2017 Please find further information on the DRAFT programme here. For applying for the summer school please click here. 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). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us (eespn@euro.centre.org).

New Project: Reviews of Scientific Evidence and Policies on Nutrition and Physical Activity

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As the burden of chronic diseases in European countries has reached considerable proportions, various EU-wide initiatives have been launched in an attempt to address the main risky health behaviours linked to non-communicable diseases. Among them, nutrition and physical activity have been identified as major risk factors for a host of chronic conditions and an important target for prevention. The project will provide literature reviews on eight areas related to nutrition and physical activity that will be validated by experts. The results will allow DG Health and Food Safety to develop evidnce based recommendations and actions that contribute to the promotion of healthy diets and regular physical activity. Read more

New project: Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare

Central European Initiative

The “Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare” will take place on July 10th to July 14th 2017 at the European Centre. The summer school aims to contribute to improving European Cohesion by building capacities of different stakeholders, sectors, countries, policies, and systems; by providing training on innovative approaches, good practices and up-to-date research results; and by joint project idea development. 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.

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