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Policy Brief: Workers’ Worries and Labour Market Policies
This Policy Brief by Pieter Vanhuysse summarizes the latest evidence on active labour market policy (ALMP) spending and Employment Protection Legislation in OECD countries. It then summarizes theoretical findings from Tepe & Vanhuysse 2013 and argues that unions but not left-wing parties today increasingly take into account the re-employability worries of their members and have therefore adopted ALMPs as a second-best priority. Read more
Medical Doctors on the Move – Implications for Mobility in Europe
The current proposals to update the European Union (EU) directive on professional qualifications have important implications for health professions. A recent paper published in the journal Clinical Medicine, co-authored by Andrea E. Schmidt (with colleagues from Semelweis University, Hungary, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK), highlights the challenges in the context of free movement of professionals and increasing mobility. National contexts in which systems of licensing and registration of doctors in Europe have developed, are still highly influential. Seven areas of concern are identified in which improvements could be achieved, such as the role of language assessments, transparency of governance, and a ‘red card’ for doctors that have been barred from the profession.
Cuts on Healthcare Spending in Portugal: Resilience amidst Difficulties in Accessing Services
This Report by Ricardo Rodrigues and Katharine Schulmann examines the effects of public spending cuts on healthcare implemented in the wake of the crisis in Portugal. It includes a detailed analysis of the cuts and their consequences in terms of access to care, as well as case studies on the impact of the measures and mitigating efforts on three healthcare providers on the ground. This is part of wider research carried out at the European Centre on the topic of the crisis and access to healthcare. The report on Portugal is meant as an input for Eurofound’s forthcoming Report on “Access to Healthcare in Times of Crisis” due to be published in autumn 2014. Read more. The opinions expressed in this report on Portugal are those of the authors only and do not represent Eurofound’s official position. Download report here.
“Make or buy?” - Long-term care services in Sweden: Lessons for policy
Quasi-markets‘ have been introduced in long-term care in a number of European countries amidst a strong debate. In this context, the European Centre has been commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to analyse the Make or Buy decision in long-term care. The research focused on: what economic theory tells us about how to develop effective policies in this area; what can we learn from the experience of quasi-markets in other countries (England, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands); how ownership affects quality; and how to assess quality in long-term care. The report is now available for download and three European Centre Policy Briefs will be published from September onwards. Read more


Intergenerational Equity in Austria, Article in Der Standard, TV interview in ORF ZIB
Pieter Vanhuysse was interviewed by the ORF's Zeit im Bild TV news, and featured in a front page article of Der Standard on intergenerational equity in Austria, as part of a special section on inequality.
Promoting the Employment of People with Disabilities – A Shared Responsibility
The persistently low labour force participation of people with disabilities is a substantial public and policy concern in many European countries. In a conference organised by the Slovakian Institute for Labour and Family Research in Bratislava, ways of providing better support and services for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment were explored both in the European and Slovakian context. The need for more cross-sectoral and inter-agency collaboration was highlighted in a panel discussion, in which Eszter Zólyomi took part together with representatives from Slovakian ministries, employment services and NGOs.
Portability of Pensions and Health Insurance
Michael Fuchs participated in the FISS (Foundation for International Studies of Social Security) 2014 conference in Sigtuna/SE held from 2 to 4 June 2014. He presented a joint paper with Juliane Winkelmann on the portability of pensions and health insurance for pensioners between Germany and Turkey. The slides can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Event

30 Jahre Internationale Sommergespräche der Waldviertel Akademie "Lebenswerte (der) Heimat"
Die Waldviertel Akademie beschäftigt sich im Jubiläumsjahr gemeinsam mit Experten wie Erhard Busek oder Bernd Marin mit dem Thema "Lebenswerte (der) Heimat". Ein Jubiläum begeht die Waldviertel Akademie mit ihren Internationalen Sommergesprächen, die im August zum 30. Mal über die Bühne gehen. Das Jubiläumsjahr widmet sich ganz Europa und dem Waldviertel, die Akademie kann dabei eine Reihe hochkarätiger Experten wie Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi, Bernd Marin, Erhard Busek, Peter Kampits, Stephan Schulmeister oder Robert Palfrader präsentieren. Für Weiteres hier klicken.

Past Events

IBM International Social Sector Forum 2014
Pieter Vanhuysse gave a presentation in the session on 'Engaging and Supporting Citizens' during IBM's International Social Sector Forum 2014, which this year was held in Vienna on the theme 'Charting a New Course – Imperatives for Social Security'. Together with the OECD (Herwig Immervoll), the European Centre was the only research institute to present at the forum.
International Seminar: Warfare and the Welfare State
Prof Herbert Obinger (University of Bremen) gave an internaitonal seminar where he asked
whether and how warfare has influenced the development of advanced Western welfare states. He outlined an agenda for a comparative analysis of the warfare - welfare state nexus. By distinguishing between three different phases (war preparation, warfare, and post-war period) he provided an overview of possible causal mechanisms linking war and the welfare state and provides preliminary empirical evidence for war waging, occupied and neutral countries from the 1860s to the 1960s. For more information click here.