Updated review of the performance of Western Balkan economies regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights

Western Balkan EPSR

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Rahel Kahlert

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Sonila Danaj, Anette Scoppetta

PROJECT PARTNERS

Country experts in six Western Balkan countries

BACKGROUND

Although these countries are not yet EU Member States it is important to monitor their achievements and reform efforts of social rights as candidate and potential candidate countries. This is particularly important given the challenges those countries face, including an aging population, challenges in the labour market, poverty, etc.

The European Centre was engaged as the international expert organization in the reviews prepared in 2018.

AIMS

The aim of the updated reviews is the 2020 actualization of the existing reviews on issues relevant to the European Pillar of Social Rights in Western Balkan: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia. From a policy perspective, it is important to monitor the level of progress of the candidate and potential candidate countries, in terms of identifying important progress, persistent gaps and challenges that need to be addressed in order to inform policy makers on potential areas of intervention, reform and upgrade and/or further improvements.

METHODS

The updated reports will be based on European-level, international and country data sets. This includes data from Eurostat where available (e.g. on core labour market and social indicators) or relevant national data when Eurostat data are not available. Other relevant sources include data sets from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), OECD, WHO, the World Bank and regional platforms.

The European Centre team will provide quality assurance to ensure that the country reviews are of high quality, consistent, clear, accurate and sourced, appropriate and in time for the 2020 EU-Western Balkans Ministerial meeting on Employment and Social Affairs.

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

Updated reviews of the existing reviews on issues relevant to the European Pillar of Social Rights in Western Balkan: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia.