Past Projects

Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo

2017-04-01 - 2019-09-30

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the effective transformation of the social service system in Kosovo by focusing on improved quality, availability and sustainability of local social and community-based service delivery for children and vulnerable people living at social risk.


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.



Employment Thematic Network

2017-11-28 - 2019-07-31

Transnational cooperation in the European Social Fund (ESF) should help to develop better and more effective employment and social policies and to improve the delivery of reforms, essentially by enabling people to learn from experiences and good practice in other countries.


Analysis of non-take up of minimum income benefits in Austria

2016-04-26 - 2019-04-30

This project measured and analysed the target efficiency of the minimum income benefit and its predecessor benefit called monetary social assistance, the benefits of last resort in Austria. It provided an up-to-date estimate of the size and determinants of non-take-up of minimum income benefit for the year 2015 as well as of monetary social assistance for the year 2009 and compared it also with the situation back in 2003.


European day of persons with disabilities: Rapporteur

2018-11-30 - 2019-02-15

The annual European conference on the Day of Persons with Disabilities took place on the 3 and 4 December 2018. Hosted by the European Commission, in partnership with the European Disability Forum, this event is part of the EU's wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues and to raise awareness of the everyday challenges faced by persons with disabilities. Dr. Magdi Birtha, Researcher at the European Centre was acting as Rapporteur at the EDPD and prepared the conference report.