Newsletter June 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.



Co-financing residential care for older people: models and equity implications

This Policy Brief aims to fill the gap of limited information on the policy and equity implications of out-of-pocket payments (OPPs) on access and financing of residential care. To this end, the authors provide a brief summary of the different financing systems for residential care in Europe and evidence of their distributional impact on OPPs where possible. Policy options are discussed on how to overcome the general challenge of mitigating the unpredictability of care-related expenditures over the individual life-course in an equitable manner.

Bridge Building in the Spotlight

From Bosnia and Herzegovina to Austria via Slovenia: migration and posting of third country nationals in the EU

In this new study conducted in the framework of the project “Con3Post – Posting of Third Country Nationals. Mapping the Trend in the Construction Sector”, our colleagues Sonila Danaj and Leonard Geyer in collaboration with Sanja Cukut Krilić, Kristina Toplak & Mojca Vah Jevšnik from the “ZRC SAZU – Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Slovenia” investigate the main characteristics of the trend of posting third country nationals to work in the EU construction sector. The report focuses on the specific regional labour mobility patterns between Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as a third country, Slovenia as a sending country, and Austria as a receiving country. The study is based on the insights provided by representatives of the national policy-making and enforcement authorities (ministries of labour, labour inspectorates, public employment agencies, agencies for social protection), trade unions and employers’ organizations, NGOs, and research institutions in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.


New project: Indicators for measuring child poverty to combat social exclusion of children in European cities

In this new project commissioned by the City of Vienna the European Centre (Michael Fuchs and Tamara Premrov) will identify indicators related to child poverty in European cities taking into account the following dimensions: Definition of more

Interreg Austria-Hungary: age-friendly region finalised

“Age-friendly region” (AFR) aimed at developing new care models so older people can live longer at home with the best possible quality of life, including:

  • Tailored case & care management 
  • Interregional cooperation among organizations in Styria & Western Hungary 
  • Evaluation by the European Centre 

A pre-post survey of 100 health and care experts indicated that networking and collaboration improved during AFR. Also, 230 older clients reported their health status, which they assessed about 3% higher at the end—compared to older people without AFR services (e.g., on the EQ-5D visual analogue scale).

The evaluation points to a positive direction of AFR effectively addressing growing LTC needs, and recommends:

  • Making services participative, integrated & interdisciplinary,
  • Considering regional differences, and
  • Continuing AFR sustainably. 




AFR was funded by the European Regional Development Fund. More details at here


New publication: Implementation of Article 19 of the CRPD in Hungary and its impact on the Deinstitutionalisation process

Our colleague, Magdi Birtha has contributed with a chapter to a newly published book Recognising Human Rights in Different Cultural Contexts: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), edited by Emily more

New publication: Partnerships for the Goals: beyond SDG 17

Leda Stott and Anette Scoppetta contributed an article to Revista DIECISIETE (Journal Seventeen), a journal dedicated to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda through science, research and the dissemination of knowledge. The article positions more

EESPN newsletter: November 2021 issue

We would like to introduce the November 2021 issue of the EESPN newsletter. We feature new projects, calls & publications on new social policy measures relevant to the Bridge Building (BB) region. Read more more

Online events

Con3Post project meeting: Discussing findings of each regional report

Partners of the Con3Post project discussed  findings of each regional report online in a meeting hosted by the Centre for Migration Research of the University of Warsaw on May 19, 2020. Con3Post partners have conducted research on three main more

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