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.



2019-03-01 - 2021-12-31

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.


Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Active and Healthy Ageing

2018-04-16 - 2021-04-15

Governments in the Alpine Space (AS) recognise the need to promote policies for active and healthy ageing (AHA). To do this efficiently, efforts to design, implement, and evaluate policies should be coordinated between authorities of different sectors, private operators, local governments, and researchers. ASTAHG will establish a transnational governance board involving AS Quadruple Helix actors to identify and tackle common challenges for promoting AHA within and across regions. ASTAHG will help AS regional governments to implement and monitor their AHA policies, local governments in identifying the most suitable initiatives for their territorial context and social innovators in channelling their services and products through local and international funding opportunities.


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.



Better Regulation Guidelines

2017-08-17 - 2020-12-31

The purpose of this multiple framework contract is to provide access to services for assisting DG EMPL in implementing the Better Regulation Guidelines."Better regulation" is a way of working to ensure that EU policies and laws are prepared in an open, transparent manner, informed by the best available evidence and backed by the comprehensive involvement of stakeholders to achieve the objectives at minimum cost.


Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion

2016-12-22 - 2020-12-14

The diversity of policy experiences in EU28 has made the need for Member States to learn from each other about the most effective policy responses to the challenges as well as the best-suited approaches to diverse national contexts. Such processes can potentially contribute to improvements in capacity building, to the better enforcement of EU and national policies overall, and it can also result in better performing and more inclusive labour market and social protection systems across the EU.