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Research Note on the Inclusion of Young Migrants in the EU
The Research Note, authored by Orsolya Lelkes, Eva Sierminska and Eszter Zólyomi, using EU-SILC data, provides analysis of social exclusion among the migrant population in the EU with a special focus on young migrants. About 1.8 million young non-EU-born migrants and about 300 young EU-born migrants are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. About one out of three non-EU born young migrants live in a household at risk of poverty. The Research Note also provides a more in-depth analysis of the specific situation in Belgium, Germany, and the UK, as well as the wealth holdings of migrants.

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New project: the EU Social Situation Monitor
After the second 4-year contract, the consortium made up of Applica, Athens University, European Centre, ISER and Tárki has been awarded the contract to analyse trends in income distribution, poverty, social exclusion and material deprivation as well as health across the European Union, the position of different groups in society in these regards and the social welfare systems in place in different Member States for tackling problems of inequality and deprivation. For more details, see the project page.
New project: Study on the portability of pensions and health care benefits funded by the World Bank
From April 2013 to September 2013 the European Centre will contribute to a study on the portability of pensions and health care benefits funded by the World Bank. The work will focus on corridor studies for Austria/Turkey and Germany/Turkey. For more information please contact Michael Fuchs.
Expertise awarded: Public Employee Lab-in-the-Field Experimental Study
Pieter Vanhuysse has been awarded an external collaboration contract for a policy-relevant research project employing Lab-in-the-Field Experiments to study subject pool effects in the orientation of business administration and public administration students towards social norms such as altruism, fairness, trustworthiness, and towards free-riding and risk aversion. This research collaboration contract is embedded in a larger 18-month research project headed by Markus Tepe at the University of Oldenburg and funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung from March 2013 to September 2014. Read more
Animating the Best of the East in Active Ageing - Conference at the Czech Ministry of Health
Kai Leichsenring and Juliane Winkelmann presented the Policy Paper “Active and healthy ageing for better long-term care – a fresh look at innovative practice examples” at the Conference ‘Active and healthy ageing in the Czech Republic: From policy to practices’ in Prague on 22 March 2013. The presentation debated the performance of the Czech Republic among the EU countries in terms of Active Ageing – best of the East, but still much to improve – and detailed possible paths to promote Active Ageing – providing better health and long-term care services at a local level as a way to drive improvements in active ageing.
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Presentation on "Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe" in Eastern Europe
Orsolya Lelkes was invited to give a presentation at the e-Frame Workshop on “Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe ”, which took place at the Villa Vigoni, Italy, 13-15 March 2013. The EU FP7 project e-Frame - European Framework for Measuring Progress - aims at fostering the ongoing debate on the measurement of well-being and the progress of societies among all relevant stakeholders, developing a European network. Orsolya Lelkes argued that international institutions and initiative can have a major pull and push effect on social monitoring in Eastern Europe and presented case-studies of this, and shown useful examples of national social reports. Agenda and presentations are downloadable here.
The Austrian Health Care System in Transition: Facts, Figures, Outcomes and Challenges
Maria M. Hofmarcher was invited to facilitate a country-evidence briefing session on the Austrian health system with key decision-makers at the Directorate General for Health & Consumers, DG SANCO on 28 February. Among four other EU Member States, Austria was recognized as a country where information on health sector development is limited in official documents related to the 2012 National Reform Program in the context of the second European Semester. The session discussed key facts and challenges and provided an appraisal of recent reform initiatives largely targeting financial sustainability.
The Austrian Health Reform 2012 – defensive and overzealous at the same time?
Maria M. Hofmarcher was invited to discuss issues and challenges related to the recently presented Health Reform where fiscal sustainability of health finance is a centrepiece. In the context of the WIFO Jour Fixe Budget- und Steuerpolitik on 21 February, her talk aimed at assessing reform efforts in light of current and future challenges of health care finance and delivery. While the reform largely seeks to contain future cost growth in the health sector, detailed measures and indicators are not yet developed to monitor changes. Furthermore, visions about innovative care delivery models focusing payment schemes are missing. Finally, new administrative bodies will be created which likely will increase administration cost.