Newsletter November 2021


Bridge Building key competence

Anette Scoppetta, the Deputy Director & Head of Work & Welfare Unit, explains our Bridge Building key competence via the first video podcast. Watch the video podcast and inform yourself about

  • What does the Bridge Building research aim at?
  • What is the challenge Bridge Building addresses?
  • What is an essential new finding of the Bridge Building research?
  • How does society benefit from the Bridge Building research?

Read more about what the Bridge Building is made for and what we offer.

Bridge Building in the Spotlight

Social spending in times of Covid-19

The inaugural BBinar (short for Bridge-Building Webinar) took place on 30 November 2021 and focused on social spending in times of Covid-19 in the Western Balkan region. Members of the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN), European Centre colleagues, and a wider audience participate in these BBinars in order to exchange at a practical level about common challenges and progress on different social policy areas.

Mihail Arandarenko (University of Belgrade) gave an introductory input on social spending in Serbia. Veronica Sandu (European Centre) took a comparative look on social spending in the Western Balkan Region. Amira Ramhorst (Regional Cooperation Council) and Rahel Kahlert (European Centre) presented the status quo of the Western Balkan region regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights, building on the recently published country reports and the cross-country overview report. A highlight was the showcasing of the newly developed interactive Social Scoreboard that allows for a comparative perspective. Download the document to know more.

This BBinar fostered a lively discussion on the impact of social assistance programmes in the Western Balkan region and concluded with ideas how to overcome challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

The next BBinar will take place in February 2022 and will focus on social policies in the Eastern Partnership region. Please stay tuned for the exact time and topic!


New project: European Community of Practice on Partnership

The new project European Community of Practice on Partnerships (ECoPP) is set up to review the existing European Code of Conduct on Partnership. The European Code of Conduct on Partnership fosters partnership as mechanism within the EU funds. Anette more

New project: Survey of gender gaps in unpaid care, individual and social activities

Ricardo Rodrigues, Eszter Zólyomi and Cassandra Simmons are part of an international consortium, together with the National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (INRCA), IPSOS and Eurocarers, that has been commissioned by the European more

POW-BRIDGE: Free videos with practical guides for posting companies

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries. You can access the videos in local language with English subtitles for free on VIMEO: → more


POW-BRIDGE comparative working paper: The gap between legal procedures and practices in posting rule enactment

In this working paper, our colleagues investigate how the Posting of Workers Directive interplays with and is influenced by other EU and national rules and regulations on labour law, migration law, social security, health insurance, 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

Journal article: Working conditions for native and migrant care workers in the long-term care sector

Colleagues Cassandra Simmons and Ricardo Rodrigues, in co-authorship with Marta Szebehely (Stockholm University), recently published an article in the journal Health & Social Care in the Community entitled “Working conditions in the 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

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: Policy dissemination event

On 23 November, the European Centre together with the University of Vienna hosted an online policy dissemination event to publicize results from two projects which are funded through the Gender-Era-Net program. From FutureGEN, research on more