Current Projects

Social work and policing

2018-11-01 - 2020-10-31

SWaPOL is an education & training project that focuses on policies of public order management in urban places. This project will contribute to balance welfare and law enforcement policies by developing a joint training for social workers and crime prevention officers in the police in several European countries. A pilot course (2+3 days) will be elaborated and tested before it can be integrated in existing vocational training schedules at schools of social work and in the police force. SWaPOL will support exchange, cooperation and mutual trust between social workers and police officers for a better collaboration in practice to foster social inclusion of marginalised people in public places.


The EUROMOD microsimulation model

2012-02-01 - 2020-08-31

The EUROMODupdate2 draws on the first update round (2009-2011). Its aim is to further develop and update the EUROMOD microsimulation model. The following updates are part of this round: Policy update 2012–2020; and update to 2010 EU-SILC data (in 2013), to 2012 EU-SILC data (in 2014), to 2014 EU-SILC data (in 2016), to 2015 EU-SILC data (in 2017), to 2016 EU-SILC data (in 2018) and to 2017 EU-SILC data (in 2019).


Sustainable Development multi-stakeholder workshops in Austria

2019-01-01 - 2020-06-30

The implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is discussed with various stakeholders form the public, the private and the civil society sector during five multi-stakeholder workshops. These workshops take place in different Austrian cities (e.g. Linz, Vienna, Graz, etc.) in the course of 2019 and 2020. Each one-day lasting workshop focusses on a specific topic relevant for achieveing the SDGs. The first Workshop on the implementation of the SDGs in the field of disabilities takes place in Linz, March 2019. The European Centre is co-organising the workshops together with the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection and other partners working in the respective SDG areas.


Determinants of use of care in Slovenia and Austria

2017-06-13 - 2020-06-12

Like most countries in Europe, Austria and Slovenia rely heavily on the family for the provision of long-term care (LTC). They differ however, as to the nature and scope of support provided to family carers (more generous in Austria, while in Slovenia family is the carer “by default”). This study uses the different institutional settings between the two countries to explore the determinants of care use, both in terms of type of care (e.g. informal vs. formal care) and tasks provided.


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.