With 17 ongoing and 13 completed projects we were able to cover a wide range of issues at stake, and an extended number of countries in the UNECE Region. The Work & Welfare Unit developed background reports and training material for high-level workshops at national and regional level to better integrate public employment services and social welfare in the Western Balkans. The Unit also became an established expert pool on issues of labour migration and posting of workers.
The focus of the Health & Care Unit on long-term care and integration of health and social care has now been complemented by research on health systems, the potential impact of new technologies and related issues of health economics. Also, we developed an ‘Index of Rights-based Policies for Older People’ to assess the state of the art and potential improvements across the UNECE region.
The bridge-building function with countries of the Eastern Partnership and potential EU Accession countries has become part and parcel of many new projects and ongoing activities, including a first Workshop with National Liaison Officials on ‘Bridge-building in Social Welfare Policy’