Newsletter January 2020


Successful completion of the social services project in Kosovo

The project Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo was successfully completed, as co-implemented with Save the Children and financed by the European Union and SIDA. To navigate the decentralization process, the project contributed to the effective transformation of the social service system, focusing on improved quality, availability and sustainability of social community-based service delivery for vulnerable people living at social risk.

The project engaged central, municipal and non-state actors to collaborate on delivering community-based social services. The European Centre team supported municipalities in developing local action plans for service provision. They led the situation analysis of municipal social service provision, capacity building of stakeholders such as social workers, and the development of a financial allocation model. The funding model considers particular vulnerabilities of each municipality and will guarantee sustainable financing of social services throughout Kosovo.

Bridge Building in the Spotlight

Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

This new two-year project studies the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment, identifies challenges and develops and shares effective ways of addressing these challenges for posting companies and implementation agencies. The strategic objectives include:

  • to promote and enhance effective and transparent application of EU rules on posting;
  • to promote a more active participation of employers in the process of evidence-based policy-making; and
  • to establish, consolidate and expand multi-stakeholder cross-border collaboration among EU Member States and candidate countries.

The project funded by the EaSI Progress programme is going to develop research, cooperation and dissemination activities in eight countries: six EU Member States (Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) and two candidate countries (North Macedonia, Serbia).The European Centre is the Lead Partner and collaborates with six international partners for the implementation of this project.


New project: Study on Intergenerational Fairness

The purpose of the study contracted by DG Employment and carried out together with FGB and LSE is to pursue an assessment of various possible policy choices while providing a methodology for assessing intergenerational fairness. The study more

New project: Comparative analysis of inclusive employment of persons with disabilities

The project aims to provide policy-relevant research and analytical support for assessing how socially-inclusive companies in Europe ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market and society. To this end, the European Centre more

New project: Mapping trends and policies to tackle homelessness in Europe

In a new project, commissioned and funded by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, European Centre researchers will use a rights-based approach to examine existing national policies in specific areas (e.g. Housing, Health, Minimum more


New policy brief: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse among young people in criminal justice systems

This Policy Brief looks at drug treatment and rehabilitation services for young drug users in criminal justice systems. Findings from the project “EPPIC – Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal more

New publication: Austrian stakeholder magazine publishes our thoughts on the future of long-term care

This short article published in the Austrian stakeholder magazine ‘Lebenswelt Heim’ presents the movement of neighbourhood cooperatives in the Netherlands that try to boost the positive energy emerging when citizens are helping each more

Past Events

4th Multi Stakeholder Workshop: Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Salzburg

Together with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (BMASGK) and the government of Salzburg, the European Centre jointly organised the 4th Multi Stakeholder Workshop on the implementation of the more

First session of Jour Fixe 2020: An institutional analysis of the Posting of Workers Directive in the Western Balkans

In this first session of the Jour Fixe that took place on 14 January 2020, our colleague Sonila Danaj discussed findings of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The presentation focused on the transposition of the more

Upcoming Events

Jour Fixe: Non-take-up of minimum income benefits in Austria

During the second session of the monthly Jour Fixe on 11 February 2020, Michael Fuchs and Tamara Premrov talked about non-take-up of minimum income benefits in Austria. They investigated whether the reform 2010/11 replacing monetary social more

Postponed European Parliament event 26 March: From disability rights towards a rights-based approach to long-term care in Europe

Due to the restrictive measures related to COVID-19, our event "From disability rights towards a rights-based approach to long-term care in Europe” that we planned together with AGE Platform Europe for 26 March in the European more