Newsletter February 2020


Prevention practices on polydrug use among youth in criminal justice systems

The project EPPIC (Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems) has come to an end. At the closing conference, researchers from 6 partner countries presented research findings:

  • Trajectories of young people who use drugs and who have come in contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Legal and socio-cultural contexts for the provision of interventions.
  • A set of newly developed quality standards to guide the development of services for this target group in the future.
  • Knowledge exchange and transferability were discussed among stakeholders from EPPIC partner countries.

In this project, funded by the 3rd Health Programme of the European Commission, project partners from 6 countries collaborated to gather knowledge, exchange best practice, and identify transferable innovations & principles of good practice on interventions to prevent illicit drug use, the development of polydrug use, and use of NPS among young people in touch with the criminal justice system.

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Bridge Building in the Spotlight

Kick-Off and Methodology Seminar in Vienna

The POW-Bridge Kick-Off and Methodology Seminar was held in Vienna on 27 February 2020. The  event brought together partners from six countries: four EU Member States (Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia) and two candidate countries from the Western Balkans (North Macedonia and Serbia). The project aims to investigate the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment as well as how the implementation of the Directive interacts with other EU and national regulations related to posting and how this influences employers’ practices and their deliberations to engage in posting. The project proposes to use novel methods of empirical data collection such as vignettes, therefore the Kick-Off was followed by a methodology seminar, in which the research design and the vignette method were discussed in detail.


Project update: Social Reform Microsimulation Austria (SORESI) 2020 is online

SORESI is a web application for Austria, based on the microsimulation model EUROMOD. It offers the opportunity to simulate policy reforms (social insurance contributions, income tax, monetary benefits) and to analyse the effects on the national more

New project: Contracting for quality in long-term care in Europe

This project will build on the exploratory study “Contracting for Quality” (2010) that the European Centre and the European Social Network (ESN) carried out to analyse the relationships between financers, regulators, planners, more


New policy brief: The use of formal and informal care services in Slovenia

This Policy Brief provides insights into the characteristics of people using home care services in Slovenia and how these services are used – either alone or in combination with informal care. The authors find that although informal care more

New publication: Journal of Social Policy & Administration published 'Analysis of non-take up of minimum income benefits in Austria'

Non‐take‐up of means tested benefits is a widespread phenomenon in European welfare states. The paper assesses whether the reform that replaced the monetary social assistance benefit by the minimum income benefit in Austria in 2010/11 has more

New publication: Country reports on integrated care delivery published by WHO Europe

Following the publication of the ‘Country assessment framework for the integrated delivery of long-term care’, WHO Europe published the country reports that resulted from case studies and reports of the European Centre during the more

Past Events

Project meeting: 8th DET_CAREMIX meeting in Ljubljana

The 8th DET_CAREMIX project meeting took place in Ljubljana from 6-7 February. Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefania Ilinca and Selma Kadi from the European Centre attended the meeting. The Austrian and the Slovenian team discussed the ongoing joint analysis more

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

Upcoming Events

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

Jour Fixe 10 March: Late working life patterns in Sweden

Gülin Öylü, Linköping University/ITN EuroAgeism shared her findings at the Jour Fixe of the European Centre on 10 March 2020. Her presentation focused on late working life patterns in Sweden as part of her larger research study more

International Seminar: No country for the unemployed

Rafael Labanino from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz was our guest speaker of the International Seminar that took place as a webinar on 12 November. He presented his recent more