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Bridging Function

Letter of Intent signed with the Republic of Azerbaijan
In the context of its Bridge Building function the European Centre signed a Letter of Intent with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Azerbaijan during a study tour of experts and policy makers from Azerbaijan to Vienna and the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Consumer Protection. On 18 January 2017, Deputy Minister Ilgar Rahimov and Kai Leichsenring agreed on extending mutual exchange of good practice and research on social protection and social service schemes. Furthermore, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection nominated Ms. Irada Usubova as National Liaison Official to the European Centre. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.


New Project: Towards a Rights-based Approach in Long-term Care
Following recent developments at the international, regional and national levels promoting the rights of older people, researchers at the European Centre will develop an index that comprehensively captures a rights-based approach to long-term care as part of a new study commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The index will measure the extent to which European countries are upholding the rights of older people in their access to care and support services that promote their physical and mental wellbeing. The index will enable cross-country comparison and ultimately the monitoring over time of country standings. The theoretical framework underpinning the index will give particular consideration to the overlaps between the rights movement for older people and the movement for people with disabilities. Read more
Call for Tender for External Evaluation in a New EU-Project
The coordinator of the project “EPPIC – Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems” at Middlesex University (UK) invites applicants for the position of evaluation of all project activities. The project focuses on drug problems of young people aged between 15 and 24 who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. A variety of prevention programmes will be examined from the perspective of both young people and service providers in all partner countries.
New Project: POOSH - Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers
The project “POOSH” addresses high priority challenges linked to the process of posting in a holistic way, i.e.by integrating the aspect of OSH into the mainstream debate on posting of workers and social dumping. It aims at producing state-of-the-art studies on under-researched themes and thus filling the research gap and producing important new knowledge. The project is implemented by a multidisciplinary research team of five partner organisations during January 2017 and December 2018. With POOSH a comprehensive informational e-Observatory on the OSH of posted workers will be created, awareness-raising events organised, and educational material disseminated, thereby contributing to the prevention of violations in addition to monitoring the breaches of labour laws.

New Project: Contributing to a more age-friendly region across Austrian-Hungarian borders
The project ‘Age-friendly Region’ will contribute to more age-friendly societies in the Austrian-Hungarian border region. New approaches to support older people in need of care as well as their families will be promoted by facilitating appropriate living and housing arrangements. The European Centre will accompany this process and evaluate results of the Case Management pilot projects to foster mutual learning between the two countries. The project will be an important step to improve bilateral cooperation between Austria and Hungary in this area. Read more
New Project: Mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion
The European Centre is part of the consortium that has been established to support the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) with its mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion over the next 4 years. The ‘Framework service contract supporting peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion’ is led by ICF International and will be implemented together with IRS (Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale) and RadarEurope. Read more


POOSH Project Kick-off Meeting: Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers
The POOSH kick-off meeting and 1st transnational conference were held Ljubljana last week, on the 14th and 15th of February. POOSH project investigates occupational safety and health conditions of posted workers across the EU and links them to general labour and working conditions. The successful meeting brought together experts and stakeholders from Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, Germany, Rumania, Italy and Austria, who will be working together on this issue in the upcoming two years. Our future colleague and expert on posting of workers, Sonila Danaj, presented findings from her previous research, focusing in particular on occupational safety and health of posted workers. Read more
International Seminar, 1 February 2017: Éva Fodor: Who Works and Who Doesn't?: The Gender Employment Gap in Central and Eastern Europe
The presentation focused on a study that analyzes the relative impact of labor market context and social policy arrangements on the gender employment gap in Central and Eastern Europe. The study relies on the 2008 and 2012 waves of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions as well as a number of macro level data sources to study the impact of various macro- and meso-level factors on gender inequality in access to employment. The results show that typical growth indicators, global market integration and social policy arrangements are not at all or only weakly associated with the gender employment gap. Instead, the labor market context, specifically the degree of segregation and the size of the public and service sectors, are more important for shaping women’s labor market opportunities relative to those of men. Read more
International Seminar, 11 January 2017: Stefan Fors: Life-course Perspectives on Health Inequalities in Old Age
Population ageing is a global phenomenon. The numbers and proportions of older adults in the population are increasing in virtually every country in the world. This development is driven by broad demographic changes in fertility rates and life expectancies. The dramatic increase in longevity observed during the past century is certainly one of the greatest achievements in human history. However, substantial social inequalities in the likelihood of reaching old age as well as in the risk of health problems and mortality during old age, remain. Individuals exposed to socioeconomic disadvantages throughout the life-course experience a higher risk of premature mortality. Moreover, among those who survive into old age, earlier and current exposures to socioeconomic disadvantages are associated with an increased risk of poor health and mortality. The presentation displayed and discussed current evidence and hypotheses on how disadvantages experienced throughout the life-course are associated with the likelihood of reaching old age as well as with health during old age. Read more

New Staff Members

Warm welcome to Rahel Kahlert
We are very happy to announce that Rahel Kahlert has now joined the European Centre as a full-time researcher. Her long-standing experience in evaluating public health programmes in a national and international context will be of great value to increase skills and expertise in the Health & Care Unit. With Swiss and Austrian roots, Rahel holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin where she had also worked as a Research Associate before returning to Austria, where she had (co-)directed the LBI Health Promotion Research in Vienna during the past few years. Contact Rahel Kahlert
Warm Welcome to Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss and Christian Boehler
We are pleased to announce Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss and Christian Boehler as new members of the European Centre’s Health & Care Unit. After her studies in Vienna and Brighton, Ingrid had hitherto worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology and at the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions. With her background as a health economist she will bring us a lot of experience in evaluation of health technologies and public health interventions and will support the team in ongoing health-related projects. Christian holds an MSc from the University of York and a PhD from Brunel University, London. His career has been marked by several Universities and Research Centres across Europe, e.g. the Syreon Research Institute in Budapest and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville. Contact: Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, Christian Boehler