Launch Event 'Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe'

19 September 2016, Vienna


Marc Pointecker, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer (Austria)

Thomas Bender, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission (Belgium)

European Centre staff


Innovative approaches can provide answers to economic and societal challenges such as demographic change, the current migration wave, and the unequal distribution of wealth. Exchange of expertise between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on different approaches applied in the EU and (potential) candidate countries and the countries of the Eastern partnership, however, is a necessity in order to learn from others’ experiences. To improve European cohesion, bridges between stakeholders, sectors, countries, policies, and systems thus need to be created in the field of social welfare.

Innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine were presented, discussed and transformed into joint project ideas. The workshop’s guiding questions were:

  • Which challenges are primarily addressed by the regional policies in the EU (potential) candidate countries and the countries of the Eastern partnership at present?
  • Which innovative responses are provided in the area of labour market policy and health and social care?
  • Which links between stakeholder, sectors, countries, policies, and systems need to be established to enhance the impact of policy actions?

Participatory methods were used to enable for networking and building the ground for collaborative project proposals. Based upon both up-to-date research results and applied knowledge, the workshop provided governments, research institutes and civil society organisations a unique opportunity to exchange relevant know-how for improving structures and policies in the field of social welfare.

The presenters were selected according to a Call for Papers. Relevant information such as slides, good practice and academic papers and other material has been published on this site soon after the event.

Read more about the event on the EESPN here