Additional countries entered into the Memorandum of Understanding
In order to improve European cohesion and to contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Centre has established further cooperation with Eastern European countries. Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Serbian Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, another MoU was now signed with the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour. Other countries' ministries are soon to follow, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Macedonia. In its ‘Bridge building function’ with Eastern European countries the European Centre provides governments, international institutions, research institutes and civil society organizations with relevant know-how and advice for establishing or improving structures in the area of social welfare policies, based on expertise drawn from the European Centre's empirical and comparative cross-national research.