Newsletter October 2020


46th General Assembly Meeting – Social policy & research in the time of COVID-19

The 46th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre took place fully virtually on 20-21 October 2020. It focused on social policy and research in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. European Centre researchers presented achievements and results of their projects and focussed on the following topics:

  • Addressing unexpected risks in social and employment policy
  • Inter- and intra-generational solidarity
  • Building the future of work together
  • Gender and care in later life
  • Research for, research about and research with target groups
  • Informing social policies through research

Please view the presentations following this link

The presentations were much approved by our Board Members that also praised the well-organised GAM 2020, which for the first time in our history has been completed as a fully virtual video conference. We are looking forward to continue our successful collaboration in the future.

Bridge Building in the Spotlight

New Publications on Labour Mobility

Our colleagues at the European Centre have just published two new publications on Labour Mobility and its challenges relevant for workers coming from the Bridge Building countries.

The first publication is a book chapter that focused on the occupational safety and health (OSH) of temporary cross-border labour migrants posted to Austria and the Slovak Republic, including third country national (TCN) posted workers. Based on empirical interview data with public authorities, social partners and workers in both countries, they explain how cross-border temporary labour mobility exposes posted workers to OSH-related vulnerabilities through an analytical framework. Read more

The Policy Brief describes the trend of the posting of TCN posted workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina via Slovenia to Austria and its drivers. It discusses why workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina agree to be posted via Slovenia to work in Austria, the challenges they face and the impact posting has on the host country. Read more 

Research in the time of COVID-19

Socioeconomic condition of informal carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the challenge of combining care responsibilities with employment, informal carers are often vulnerable to reducing their labour market attachment, or leaving the job market entirely, and subsequently sacrificing income. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting employment cuts, informal carers may have been particularly vulnerable to deterioration in their socioeconomic situation.


Covid-19 and alcohol

Covid-19 has had and will continue to have, at least for the time being, a huge impact on many aspects of life. We are continuously being confronted with the negative consequences of the pandemic for our economy, welfare, mobility, health systems, social life, public health, mental health etc. In view of the significant negative influence which alcohol consumption has on public health and social welfare, we briefly review the relationship between Covid-19, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.



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

New Policy Brief: Tracing policy impact – The case of European Centre projects

This Policy Brief introduces an evaluation approach to assess policy impact of research and development projects. This approach was applied on selected European Centre projects to show whether and how these activities have triggered policy relevance more

New publication: Covid-19 Social Situation Analysis in Austria – People with Disabilities & Single Parents

This comprehensive analysis edited by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs captures the status quo of the social situation of specific groups in Austria and includes anecdotic evidence of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and the need more

New Policy Brief: Tackling ageism during a global health crisis

This Policy Brief portrays two large-scale international projects which take on the ageing challenge, one focusing on tackling ‘ageism’, and the other one on improving multilevel governance and evidence-based decision-making for more

Upcoming online events

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