Newsletter March 2020

COVID-19 emergency: We continue our research activities from home

Due to the COVID-19 measures many of our staff are currently working from home and can be reached by e-mail or phone. We continue our research activities and will be happy to respond to any queries.


Research in the time of COVID-19

Dismantling health and social care systems kills

Research carried out by the European Centre had already shown pervasive inequalities in access to care as well as in the coverage of health insurance and potential remedies. The Covid-19 crisis brings the evidence to the headlines of the news that social inequalities and the dismantling of health and social welfare systems are killing people. The current crisis also shows that health and social care are not a ‘product’ which can be produced low-cost and provided to those with sufficiently large incomes only.


Bridge Building in the Spotlight

Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Centre is currently updating the existing reviews on issues relevant to the European Pillar of Social Rights in the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, and Serbia. The European Centre was already engaged as international expert organization in the original reviews prepared in 2018. On behalf of the Regional Cooperation Council, the European Centre team is working with country experts and provides quality assurance to ensure that the reports are of high quality, consistent, clear, accurate, sourced, appropriate and in time for the annual meeting of Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs in the Western Balkans in 2020.

New Initiative

New initiative: The European Centre Training Programme

The European Centre launched the European Centre Training Programme, a new initiative offering a range of tailor-made training modules in the following thematic areas: Employment Social Inclusion Rights and more

New initiative: Resources to support those involved in long-term care during the COVID-19 outbreak

The International Long-Term Care Policy Network (ILPN) and the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) have launched a website to gather articles, guidance and resources to support those involved in long-term care during more


Media Coverage: Distributional analysis of planned changes of Austrian family tax credit “family bonus”

In a short-term project commissioned by the Chamber of Labour Vienna, the European Centre analysed the distributional consequences of the planned extension of the family tax credit “family bonus” by the new government (scheduled for more

Past 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

Upcoming Events

Jour Fixe 14 April: Cancelled: How to map promising social services that support the independent living of older people?

Our colleagues Veronica Sandu and Magdi Birtha are going to present their work on the mapping of social services that would support older people to live independently at the Jour Fixe of the European Centre on 14 April 2020. Their presentation 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