Newsletter March 2021

Research in the time of COVID-19

The end of “Active Ageing”?

The concept and policy framework for active ageing turns twenty next year. Will this anniversary be an occasion to celebrate the achievements of international actions on ageing? Or will it become just another occasion to reflect on “uneven progress” in advancing towards a society for all ages – a goal set also twenty years ago by the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing? Alexandre Sidorenko, Senior Adviser at the European Centre, argues that, as of today, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the latter scenario seems the most plausible.



Key findings on the use of formal and informal care in Slovenia and Austria

In Det_Caremix: Determinants of use of care in Slovenia and Austria, we compared two familialistic countries which rely heavily on the family in long-term care (LTC) provision. Key findings include:

  • 4 different pathways into caregiving that are influenced by reciprocal exchanges in the family, parallel life transitions (e.g. divorces, retirement), accumulation of disadvantages and the life trajectories of siblings.
  • Ideals of care among dyads practicing a care-mix in Austria reflect a strong role for the family but go beyond this and include e.g. involvement of care users in decision-making
  • Different types of unmet needs of care users as well as needs of informal carers exist despite the combination of informal and formal care. These pertain to how care is provided (e.g. timing of care, quality of care) and the possibility to develop caring relationships.  
  • Familialistic long-term care systems reinforce gender and socio-economic inequality in care provision and use, and we found no evidence that generous cash benefits have a sizeable effect in counteracting such inequalities
  • Higher socio-economic position for both households and individuals confers more choice with respect to care arrangements
  • Informal care provision interacts with other public policies, namely increasing statutory retirement age, although this interaction depends on carers’ socio-economic position.

Our policy briefs on the balance between formal and informal care provision, on gender and income inequalities shaping service use and on unmet care needs for long-term care provide further information on results (also in German). 

Posting of Workers Directive’s interplay with national regulations

In the frame of the POW-BRIDGE, we have conducted eight case studies and published eight country reports on Austria, Hungary, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The country reports present how the Posting of Workers Directive interplays with national rules and regulations on social security, health insurance, temporary agency work, and company law. They identify existing gaps in implementation and practice from the perspective of public authorities, social partners and employers and provide recommendations on how to address these gaps.

New projects

New project: COORDINATE – Improving data on child wellbeing

The European Centre is pleased to announce the start of the COORDINATE project in conjunction with 18 partners across 13 European countries. Led by Professor Gary Pollock of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Policy Evaluation and Research more

New project: Simulating a job guarantee

Reducing unemployment is currently a at the top of the policy agenda. The aim of this project is to simulate a job guarantee for long-term unemployed in Austria. We analyse net costs and distributional effects of such a public job creation more

New project: WHO factsheet 2021 on financing of long-term care

Making the investment case for sustainable long-term care systems is a key concern of the Europe Roadmap for the Decade of Healthy Ageing, 2021-2030. The current project will aim to co-produce a fact sheet on Financing of long-term care. This will more

New publications

Policy brief: Having much, but not enough – Unmet care needs among community-dwelling older adults in Austria and Slovenia

This policy brief highlights the importance of examining unmet needs in long-term care (LTC) to ensure the right to affordable and good quality LTC. It presents findings from the DET_CAREMIX project which investigated experiences of caregiving and 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

Policy brief: Balancing formal and informal care provision within varieties of familialism: Slovenia and Austria

In this policy brief we summarize the main insights from the DET_CAREMIX project that aimed to gain a better understanding of how dependent older people and their families make choices regarding care arrangements in LTC, with a particular focus on more

Policy brief: Tackling homelessness in Europe – Results

This Policy Brief highlights key issues of national policies in preventing and tackling homelessness in ten EU countries (selected based on their representativeness for different welfare types) and provides related recommendations. The analysis is more

Policy brief: Monitoring the progress of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights

The progress on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) has not only been monitored in EU countries, but also in Western Balkan countries. Some progress in social indicators has been recorded in the last few years, but welfare and labour market more

Report: Tackling homelessness in Europe – Report

The European Centre has conducted a study by order of the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs that aims to provide a comparative analysis of national policies and their outcomes in preventing and tackling homelessness across ten EU more

Upcoming & past online events

12 April 2021 POW-BRIDGE event: Second Strategic Board Meeting Warsaw

The second Strategic Board Meeting of the POW-BRIDGE project is going to be held in Warsaw (online setting) on April 12, 2021. The event brings together members of the Strategic Board composed of representatives of social partners and more

Euronews interview with Michael Fuchs: Pandemic unemployment leaving more without health insurance

In some European countries, healthcare coverage is linked to citizenship or residency, making anyone legally in the country officially covered. In Austria and Germany, health insurance coverage has been extended in recent years. Only a small more