Newsletter October 2021


Successful focus on intergovernmental cooperation

The 47th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre closed with a great success with over 50 participants online from various countries, namely Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine etc. It was the first GAM 2021 which was open to the public and took place fully virtual for the second time on 19 & 20 October 2021. The GAM 2021 focused on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research and around 60 participants including our Board Members, NLOs, observers, as well as European Centre staff discussed international strategies regarding the UN Agenda 2030 or the WHO Decade on Healthy Ageing. The presentations are accessible with this link.

We look forward to continue our successful collaboration and see you in person next year for the GAM 2022 at  the UN Vienna premises.

Bridge Building in the Spotlight

BBinars on social policies in Eastern Europe

The European Centre is launching BBinars, a series of webinars on social policies in Eastern Europe. The new initiative offer EESPN members, European Centre colleauges and a wider audience, a possibility to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas in the Western Balkans and the Easternship Partnership region.

The format includes input by our research partners, policy makers, policy experts, civil society organisations or from an international organisation, 2-3 reflections from relevant actors from the region, as well as a moderated discussion with the audience.

The BBinars will take place every 2-3 months, for max 1.5 hours, via Zoom. We plan the first BBinar for 30 November 2021, 14:00. We are looking forward to your participation!


New project: Simulating more generous unemployment benefits

In this project we investigate the distributional and poverty reducing effects of an increase in unemployment benefits in Austria. The suggested reform is an increase of the net replacement rate from 55% to 70%. The study will also discuss the more


2021 Reviews of the European Pillar of Social Rights: Updates in the Western Balkans published

The European Centre completed the 2021 updates of the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights. The European Centre team worked with country experts to create high-quality reports to monitor the 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: Youth Gangs - Preventing Gang Membership

This policy brief is the second in a series of three policy briefs about youth gangs looks at preventive social policy measures to reduce juvenile delinquency and gang crime. It examines the role of control agencies such as more

Upcoming & past online events

InCARE: Ongoing survey on long-term care - we need you!

Please help us collect a large number of contributions to the InCARE survey on attitudes, experiences and expectations on long-term care. The aim of the survey is to understand how people view care for older people with support needs and more

2nd InCARE Steering Group Meeting: Pilot projects starting soon

On October 21-22 the second Steering Group meeting of the InCARE project took place online. We looked back at our achievements during the first year of the project and planned ahead for the coming months. The focus was on the plans for more

09/11/2021 POW-BRIDGE final conference: The gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

The POW-BRIDGE (Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers) Final Conference took place on 9th November (9.00-13.30 CET) on the ZOOM platform. The conference brought together 85 participants representing public more

23/11/2021 FUTUREGEN webinar: Gendered experiences in later life

In the Futuregen webinar on 23 November 2021, experts answer to questions: Which trends can be observed regarding the division of informal care work between men and women? How does social exclusion develop over the lifecourse and which more

25 Nov. 2021 International seminar: Yuri Kazepov talks about the challenges of school-to-work transitions

The presentation clarifys how school-to-work transitions might be addressed considering different types of complementarities and the related structuring process they exert on youth. Register for the International seminar. Due to the new more


Vacancy: Researcher in Labour Market Policy - apply now!

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a broad range of issues on labour market, labour migration and social policy in an international comparative perspective in the UNECE region. These include inequalities in employment more