Current Projects

The European Centre is constantly implementing a range of up to 20 national and international research projects in the fields of work & welfare and health & care. Comparative and applied research aims at increasing the evidence and the knowledge-base to design policies responding to societal challenges such as population ageing, poverty, social inclusion and inequalities, innovative employment and long-term care policies, labour migration and digitalisation.

Please refer to the Annual Report of Activities for older projects.


Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the EU and its Member States 2019 - Rapporteur

2019-05-01 - 2019-08-30

The annual Work Forum on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) will take place on the 13th of May 2019. Hosted by the European Commission, the Forum brings together representatives of those responsible for implementing and monitoring the UN CRPD, both at EU and national level; these are Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms. Civil society and disabled people's organisations also actively participate in the Work Forum. Dr. Magdi Birtha, Researcher at the European Centre is acting as Rapporteur at the Wok Forum and will prepare the conference report.




2019-03-01 - 2022-02-28

FUTUREGEN aims to understand how entwined GENder inequalities in health and care-giving/receiving evolve across GENerations in connection with cultural and social contexts and individual realities, and how identified sex/gender inequalities may evolve in the FUTURE.


Awareness-raising Action Workshops in the Member States

2019-03-01 - 2020-03-30

Despite EU law contains a very broad prohibition of discrimination in the field of work/employment on the grounds of gender, race and ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation, there are still too many people who are not aware of the rights and the protection the relevant Directives offer. The European Commission therefore organises a series of local events focusing on one aspect in particular: reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Magdi Birtha will act as Rapporteur at the national awareness-raising seminars and will collect good practices on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the open labour market, including existing measures to provide them with reasonable accommodation.


Deinstitutionalisation in Hungary

2019-02-01 - 2019-08-15

The European Strategic and Investment Funds (ESIF) support two operational programmes to transform institutional care to community-based services (deinstitutionalisation) in Hungary. The programmes aim to ensure the deinstitutionalisation of 10,000 people through the ESIF funds. The purpose of this project is to provide support to DG EMPL for the assessment of the calls for proposals and selected projects for deinstitutionalisation in Hungary. 


Posting of third country nationals

2019-01-01 - 2020-12-31

The Con3Post project is set up to explore the growing phenomenon of recruitment and posting of third country nationals (TCN), most notably from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector. Experts and key stakeholders from seven carefully selected EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research to outline current challenges, future scenarios and possible strategic responses to the far-reaching yet largely unexplored consequences/implications of this persistent trend.