The European Centre organized the Workshop 'Bridge Building in Social Welfare Policy' for the European Centre’s National Liaison Officials (NLOs) in Vienna, on 19-20 April 2018, to strengthen regional cooperation between the NLOs and to encourage project cooperation in social welfare policy and research. NLOs and representatives from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries, Board Members from Austria and the Slovak Republic, and officials from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, met to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of transnational projects.
The objectives of the Workshop were:
The Workshop was designed to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of transnational projects by the respective participating organisations in the BB countries, including the following countries of the Eastern Partnership and EU (potential) candidate countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine).
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence