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.


Contribution to ‘The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems’

The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare Systems

This Handbook, edited by Christian Aspalter, contains an impressive overview of welfare state systems in 25 countries around the world. It contributes to the ideal-typical welfare regime theory, identifying now in total 10 worlds of welfare capitalism. Authors have focused on particular sectors of social policies in selected countries. Kai Leichsenring contributed a chapter on the Austrian welfare state with special reference to the long-term care system. More information and a discount offer can be found here. Contact: Kai Leichsenring

First Building Bridges Summer School on Social Welfare took place at the European Centre in Vienna

EESPN Summer School

Twelve participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine successfully completed the Summer School on Social Welfare (10 to 14 July 2017). The main outcomes of the Summer School include the learning from best practices, the exchange of experiences, and the development of collaborative work by strengthening the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN). The Summer School’s key event, the EESPN Public Forum, was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. Together with approximately 45 people, the key note speakers Dr. Cartwright and Ms Marić approached the question of ‘Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?’ Contact: Anette Scoppetta

First Meeting of the WHO Primary Health Care Advisory Group

WHO Health Care Advisory Group

In the wake of the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata that first enunciated the concept of primary health care in 1978, the WHO Regional Office for Europe established a Primary Health Care Advisory Group to provide knowledge and experiences from varied perspectives of its members. Kai Leichsenring was invited to the first meeting of the Advisory Group in Almaty on 20-21 June to contribute to the development of integrated health services delivery from the perspective of long-term care. His intervention built on first results of the ongoing research towards a new framework for integrating health services delivery and long-term care commissioned by WHO Europe . Contact: Kai Leichsenring

International Comparison of Care Leaves for Informal Carers: Legislation and Policies - Executive Summary published by BAG/Switzerland

International Comparison of Care Leaves for Informal Carers

In response to a greater need to conciliate care and work for those with sick, disabled or frail family members, some countries in Europe have put regulations in place that allow employees to provide and/or organize care for family members while remaining attached to their workplace. What kind of support do care leaves from the workplace offer for informal caregivers? How can generosity of different approaches be measured? In a project in 2015/16 commissioned by the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG)/Switzerland, the European Centre shed a light on these questions based on an in-depth analysis and international comparison of 22 different care leave regulations in six different countries (AT, DE, FR, IT, NL and CA). The regulations were evaluated in view of their success, particularly in terms of take-up rate, and some lessons were drawn for the design of care leave policies (in European countries). The Executive Summary (in German, English and French) was now published by the BAG. Contact: Michael Fuchs

DET_CAREMIX: determinants in use of care in Slovenia and Austria

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The project contributes to a better understanding of the factors that influence take-up of informal care and care services among older users of long-term care (LTC) and their families and how these factors may differ across socio-economic groups. By comparing two countries with similar societal preferences regarding care (Austria and Slovenia) and dissimilar public policies in LTC, the project aims to establish causality between observed choices and public policies. The project has the potential to inform the reform process of countries in Europe, namely the ongoing process in Slovenia, and to contribute to a better targeting of public policies. For information contact Ricardo Rodrigues

New project: Integrated Case Management for Employment and Social Welfare Users in the Western Balkan Economies

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The project “Integrated Case Management for Employment and Social Welfare Users in the Western Balkan Economies” (by order of UNDP) promotes inclusive labour market solutions in the Western Balkans by assessing methods currently used by Public Employment Services (PES) and Centres for Social Welfare (CSW) in the region and by assisting in the development of socially innovative practices supporting labour market inclusion of vulnerable groups. Contact: Anette Scoppetta