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First Building Bridges Summer School on Social Welfare took place at the European Centre in Vienna
Twelve participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine successfully completed the Summer School on Social Welfare (10 to 14 July 2017). The main outcomes of the Summer School include the learning from best practices, the exchange of experiences, and the development of collaborative work by strengthening the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN). The Summer School’s key event, the EESPN Public Forum, was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. Together with approximately 45 people, the key note speakers Dr. Cartwright and Ms Marić approached the question of ‘Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?’ Contact: Anette Scoppetta


First Meeting of the WHO Primary Health Care Advisory Group
In the wake of the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata that first enunciated the concept of primary health care in 1978, the WHO Regional Office for Europe established a Primary Health Care Advisory Group to provide knowledge and experiences from varied perspectives of its members. Kai Leichsenring was invited to the first meeting of the Advisory Group in Almaty on 20-21 June to contribute to the development of integrated health services delivery from the perspective of long-term care. His intervention built on first results of the ongoing research towards a new framework for integrating health services delivery and long-term care commissioned by WHO Europe. Contact: Kai Leichsenring
International Comparison of Care Leaves for Informal Carers: Legislation and Policies - Executive Summary published by BAG/Switzerland
In response to a greater need to conciliate care and work for those with sick, disabled or frail family members, some countries in Europe have put regulations in place that allow employees to provide and/or organize care for family members while remaining attached to their workplace. What kind of support do care leaves from the workplace offer for informal caregivers? How can generosity of different approaches be measured? In a project in 2015/16 commissioned by the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG)/Switzerland, the European Centre shed a light on these questions based on an in-depth analysis and international comparison of 22 different care leave regulations in six different countries (AT, DE, FR, IT, NL and CA). The regulations were evaluated in view of their success, particularly in terms of take-up rate, and some lessons were drawn for the design of care leave policies (in European countries). The Executive Summary (in German, English and French) was now published by the BAG. Contact: Michael Fuchs


Contribution to "The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems"
This Handbook, edited by Christian Aspalter, contains an impressive overview of welfare state systems in 25 countries around the world. It contributes to the ideal-typical welfare regime theory, identifying now in total 10 worlds of welfare capitalism. Authors have focused on particular sectors of social policies in selected countries. Kai Leichsenring contributed a chapter on the Austrian welfare state with special reference to the long-term care system. More information and a discount offer can be found here. Contact: Kai Leichsenring
New Journal article: "Towards individual responsibilities: Interests affecting major alcohol policy changes in 1950s Austria"
Following the Depression, the Civil War and the transformation of the country into a German province in the late 1930s and the Second World War, Austria suffered economically. Austria was also politically diminished due to its status as an occupied country until 1955. As a result of a newly achieved political consensus within the country, production and retail of alcoholic beverages were finally released of the restrictions that had been raised for decades. Alcoholic beverages became “ordinary goods” with circumscribed, controllable risks, and responsibility for the consequences of alcohol consumption was delegated to the individual. Contact: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl
Chapters in book "Concepts of addictive substances and behaviours across time and place"
In this book, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl is a co-author of four chapters: ‘Concepts of addiction in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s: what does a long view tell us about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco?’, ‘The role of stakeholders in addictions policy and intervention’, ‘Exploring user groups as stakeholders in drug policy processes in four European countries’ and ‘External influences on national drug policies in four European countries at the turn of the twenty-first century’.