The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organisation based in Vienna. Its purpose, as laid down in a series of formal Agreements under international law between the United Nations and the Federal Government of Austria as the Host Country, is to foster the collaboration between governments and organisations in the field of social welfare. It is registered as an association under Austrian Law (Register of Associations ZVR 583470062). The main tasks comprise the exchange of professional experiences, research, and the maintenance of relations between UN-European countries and institutions active in the field of social welfare.
Research activities within the Centre are organised into three research teams, the Employment and Labour Mobility Team, the Social Protection and Inclusion Team and the Health and Care Team.
Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Vienna International Centre
Ms. Angela Me, Acting Chair of the Board of Directors, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).
The Board is convened annually at the initiative of the Chair. It considers all matters of the Centre relating to the previous year's activities and the activities scheduled for the coming year.
The European Centre's Board of Directors consists of
The Board Members appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations are nominated and appointed as (i) experts in the field of social welfare and development, (ii) nationals of States, other than Austria, collaborating with the Centre, and (iii) representing countries at different stages of social and economic development.
Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection - Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz (BMSGPK)
Georg Reibmayr, Board Member
Marc Pointecker, Board Member Alternate
Andreas Schaller, Board Member Alternate
Manfred Kornfehl, Board Member Alternate
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research - Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF)
Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy, Board Member
Bettina Glaser, Board Member Alternate
Vienna City Administration, Department 40 – Social Affairs, Social and Health Law – Magistrat der Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 40 – Soziales, Sozial- und Gesundheitsrecht
Judith Lengyel-Wiesinger, Board Member
Federation of Austrian Trade Unions – Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB)
Julia Stroj, Board Member
David Mum, Board Member Alternate
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber - Wirtschaftskammer (WKO)
Emanuel Ludwig, Board Member
Christa Schweng, Board Member Alternate
Ministry of Family and Social Policy
Ewa Chylek, Board Member Alternate
Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Institute for Older Persons and Social Services - IMSERSO
Luis Alberto Barriga Martín, Board Member
Manuel Montero Rey, Board Member Alternate
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Tony Malmborg, Board Member
Kristoffer Lundberg, Board Member Alternate
Federal Social Insurance Office
Sabina Littmann-Wernli, Board Member
The key link between the European Centre and its state are the National Liaison Officials (NLOs). The NLOs act as intermediaries representing both the interests of their nations within the European Centre as well as those of the European Centre in their countries. They may be officials of the Ministry responsible for social welfare or recognized experts. The NLOs and the European Centre jointly collaborate for the effective exchange of experiences and cross-national project development.
For further information on our current NLOs, please contact Monika Hunjadi.
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research