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 Kai Leichsenring.


Warm Welcome for New Staff Member: Lucia Mýtna Kureková

Lucia Kurekova

Lucia joined the European Centre in April 2016 to support the Work, Wealth and Welfare Unit in new and ongoing research projects. She holds a PhD from the Central European University and is specialising on quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of labour migration, social inclusion and social policy, skills and education systems, and the political economy of transition. Contact: kurekova@euro.centre.org

Warm Welcome for New Head of Unit: Anette Scoppetta

Anette Scoppetta

Anette joined the European Centre in March 2016 to lead the team of researchers in the Work, Wealth and Welfare Unit. She holds a doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Her main areas of interest in research and policy consultancy are labour market policy, social inclusion, minimum income, workplace innovation, social innovation and regional economic development. As a Deputy Director she is also a member of the new Management Team and and will coordinate the bridge-building function of the European Centre. Contact: scoppetta@euro.centre.org

SORESI now updated to 2016 policy rules


SORESI, the tax-/benefit microsimulation web application for Austria, is now updated to 2016 policy rules (incl. the tax reform 2015/16) using the latest input data (SILC 2014 with incomes for 2013). SORESI is based on the microsimulation model EUROMOD and financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. It represents a web-based tool for policy-makers and the broader public to simulate policy reforms in the field of social insurance contributions, income tax and monetary benefits and to analyse their impact. For example, budgetary outcomes of reforms as well as effects on poverty rates and income inequality can be studied. The web interface includes different output levels for equivalised household incomes, individual incomes and a tool for model households. If you want to try out SORESI yourself, click here!

Expertise on recent reforms in the invalidity pension system in Austria

MIchael Fuchs

In a short expertise for the Federal Social Insurance Office in Switzerland, the European Centre will look at the outcomes of recent reforms in the invalidity pension system in Austria. Together with the expertises for other European countries, the findings will be used as input for reform policy discussions in Switzerland given the growing number of young persons claiming disability pensions. For further information please contact Michael Fuchs

Vacancy Assistant International and Public Relations


The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organisation in Vienna, seeks a candidate who supports the staff in international and public relations and in the organisation of meetings. We are looking for an assistant with good communication, organisational and writing skills who is interested to work in an international research organisation.
For more information on the job profile, please see Vacancy Assistant International and Public Relations.



The European Centre will organize the Workshop ‘Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe’ (19 September 2016, Vienna) that aims at gathering and exchanging expertise of researchers, policy makers and practitioners in Eastern Europe. We particularly invite scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in Eastern Europe to submit an abstract for either an academic paper or a good practice here. The call for abstracts on academic papers and good practice is open until 27 May 2016.

Event: Thematic Briefing at the 15th Working Session of the CRPD Committee

Thematic Briefing

The European Centre co-hosted a thematic briefing event on “The potential of the CRPD for older persons with disability: enabling choices in long-term care” at the 15th Working Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. The event aimed to promote the recognition of the right of dependent older individuals to choose their long-term care arrangements and included presentations from representatives of all co-hosting organizations (i.e. the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), the European Commission and the NGO Committee on Ageing) and an open discussion with the public. Further information is available here.

Vortrag Langzeitpflege als System? Innovationspotenziale an der Schnittstelle zwischen Gesundheits- und Sozialsystem

Im Kontext alternder Gesellschaften ist die (Re-)Organisation von Langzeitpflege eine wesentliche Komponente notwendiger sozialer Innovation und Investition. In seinem Vortrag zum “Colloquium Gesundheitsökonomie” am 30. März 2016 fasste Kai Leichsenring die Debatte zur integrierten Langzeitpflege zusammen und stellte erfolgversprechende Beispiele für innovative Praxis vor.

Integration of indirect taxes in EUROMOD


In a project commissioned by KU Leuven and the University of Essex the European Centre will integrate indirect taxes for Austria into the European-wide tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD. For the project, micro-data from the Household Budget Survey (Konsumerhebung) will be matched with EU-SILC-data. After the integration it will be possible to simulate different rates of value added tax for different commodity groups and analyse the outcomes in terms of disposable household incomes.