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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 Kai Leichsenring.


42nd General Assembly Meeting of the European Centre

GAM 2016 - Opening

The Austrian Federal Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Mr. Alois Stöger and the Acting Chair of the European Centre Ms. Angela Me opened the 42nd General Assembly Meeting of the European Centre at the Vienna International Centre, taking place on 20 and 21 September 2016. Following the Building Bridges event, participants of 17 countries appreciated the new framework of this year’s General Meeting also focussing on exchange between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. The new format included European stakeholder organizations being available for future collaboration. Researchers of the European Centre presented concise key findings and new developments in labour market policy as well as health and care to foster ongoing discussions. Contact details: leichsenring@euro.centre.org

Congratulations to Katarina Hollan

Katarina Hollan

Katarina Hollan was awarded the Kurt Rothschildpreis for her work on “Bildungshomogamie und Vermögensverteilung in Österreich” (“Assortative Mating and the Wealth Distribution in Austria”, jointly with Sophie Augustin and Alyssa Schneebaum). This prize – in memory of the Austrian economist Kurt Rothschild, who strongly advocated the social character of the economic discipline – was awarded for the first time this year. Congratulations!

2nd Round Table on Microsimulation in Zagreb


Michael Fuchs attended the 2nd Round Table on Microsimulation in Zagreb organised by the Institute of Public Finance of the University of Zagreb. The experiences from Austria and Slovenia were presented, which are using micro-simulation models to support public administration bodies in the analysis of existing and the designing of new tax-benefit policies. Also activities regarding a social benefits reform in Croatia were presented and potentials of use of microsimulation models in this context were discussed.

Supporting the Slovenian Long-term Care Reform

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The Slovenian Government is planning a major long-term care reform. Latest steps have been a Policy Dialogue on 25 October at the Slovenian Parliament and a Workshop on ‘Needs Assessment in Long-term Care’, co-organised by the Slovenian Ministries of Health and of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, and the European Commission (DG Employment). Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring contributed to both events by presenting European overviews and good practice from other European countries, based on past and on-going research. The process of preparation of a new needs assessment tool including pilot projects in Slovenia will be further accompanied by the European Centre. Contact: Ricardo Rodrigues

Michael Fuchs attended the "Statistics Day 2016"

Presentation Statistiktag Michael Fuchs

On 20 October Michael Fuchs attended the "Statistics Day 2016" organised by Statistics Austria on the topic "Science and Statistics Austria - a Win-Win Cooperation". He gave a presentation on "Use of Micro Data in Social Research". The presentation can be downloaded here.

Workshop on Geographical Inequalities in Long-term Care Use – Madrid (Spain) 3-4 October


IMSERSO and the European Centre have organised a workshop titled “The factor of territorial governance and provisions of long term care in Europe”, in Madrid, which discussed different models of multi-level governance in long-term care and its impact on equity in access, taking the Spanish case as a starting point. The workshop involved a review of what is known on equity in access to long-term care presented by Ricardo Rodrigues and a discussion of country examples from the EU. These included Austria, presented by Kai Leichsenring, Sweden, presented by Anna Gralberg, Slovenia, presented by Davor Dominkus, and Germany, presented by Prof Hildegard Theobald. For more information please contact Ricardo Rodrigues, rodrigues@euro.centre.org.

Presentation at the 8th NORMACARE Meeting, in Tampere (Finland) 10-11 October


The Nordic research network on marketisation in eldercare (NORMACARE) regularly brings together researchers from different backgrounds to discuss developments and outcomes of the marketization of long-term care services, in a comparative context. Ricardo Rodrigues participated in the 8th meeting of the network, where he presented and discussed a paper titled “Care in Times of Choice and Competition: A synthesis of the concepts of care and their relevance for economics”. The paper aims to provide a multi-disciplinary framework for the economic analysis of markets of care. For more information please contact Ricardo Rodrigues, rodrigues@euro.centre.org.

Participation in Ageing & Society International Conference

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With a special focus on Ageing, Life-course and Social Change, the Ageing & Society 2016 Conference brought together at Linkopping University – Sweden a multi-disciplinary group of scholars from Europe, North America and Asia to exchange recent research results and discuss salient topics for the aging policy and research agendas. Within the sessions dedicated to the theme Economic and demographic perspectives on aging, Stefania Ilinca gave a well-received presentation on “Different Experiences of Aging” summarizing the results of a recent project on inequalities in Active Ageing in Europe. More details on the project are available here.

Another Young Forum Gastein scholar at the European Centre

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Starting this year, Stefania Ilinca has become a member of the Young Forum Gastein network, a joint project of the International Forum Gastein, the European Commission and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. The initiative is intended to create an international knowledge network and to enable promising young health professionals to attend the annual European Health Forum Gastein. During this year’s forum, Stefania contributed to the Poster Exhibition with the results of the project Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Active Ageing. More details on the project are available here.