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The EU response to Covid-19: winners and losers
25 January 2022,
14.00 - 16.30 (CET)

The OSE and the ETUI invite you to a webinar for the launch of the 22nd edition of ‘Social policy in the European Union: state of play’. Confirmed speakers include Bea Cantillon (Center for Social Policy – University of Antwerp), Michael Dauderstädt (independent researcher), Thibaud Deruelle (University of Lausanne), Francesco Corti (CEPS), Philippe Pochet (ETUI), Slavina Spasova (OSE), Bart Vanhercke (OSE) and Amy Verdun (University of Victoria, Canada).

Programme &

  Social actors and EU recovery

The European Semester as Goldilocks: Macroeconomic Policy Coordination and the Recovery and Resilience Facility
Vanhercke, B. and Verdun, A. (2021), JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 60, Issue 1

How did the Semester end up as the main institutional vehicle of the Recovery and Resilience Facility? To what extent did this new set-up change the power balance among key actors? Drawing on historical institutionalism and based on 28 semi-structured interviews and document analysis, our assessment suggests that while social actors were initially side-lined and national executives strengthened, over time the pendulum is swinging back.

  Access to heatlhcare in Belgium

How do we make our healthcare affordable for everyone?
An article (in Dutch) by Rita Baeten, written on the basis of a study carried out for the NIHDI/RIZIV/INAMI, was published by SamPol. It describes the inequalities in financial access to healthcare in Belgium and the actions that have been identified to improve the situation.


  Social Europe

Will European recovery ever be co-determined by social actors?
Bart Vanhercke and Amy Verdun, Social Europe, 14 December 2021

In response to the pandemic, the European Union pledged major financial support to member states. The EU’s plan for recovery offered an opportunity for meaningful involvement of social actors. The outcome? Patchy.

  ETUI working paper

From the European Semester to the Recovery and Resilience Facility. Some social actors are (not) resurfacing
Vanhercke B. & Verdun A. with Atanasova A., Spasova S. & Thomson M. (2021)

This report examines how and why the Semester became part of the governance of the RRF and to what extent this new set-up has changed the power balance among key EU actors? The report finds that EU institutional social actors are gradually claiming their position in the RRF, while EU civil society organisations (CSOs) have been sidelined. Likewise in most Member States, consultation with social partners and CSOs has remained insufficient by any standard.

Press Release

  OSE Paper Series

Inter-generational transmission of poverty: What it is, why it matters and how to tackle it
Frazer H., Guio A.-C. and Marlier E. (2021)

This paper outlines what is meant by poverty and inter-generational transmission of poverty (IGTP), and why tackling child poverty must be central to combating IGTP. It then puts forward recommendations to combat IGTP - including ensuring adequate income and resources, guaranteeing access to quality essential services and to integrated delivery of policies and programmes, promoting children’s participation and fostering children’s aspirations, protecting the right to a family life, and fighting discrimination and stigmatisation.


  ETUI publication

Social protection of non-standard workers and the self-employed during the pandemic
Country chapters: Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Sweden. Brussels, 2021, ETUI, 117p.
Authors: Van Lancker A., Legros M., Cousins M., Belleti Ch., Norbiato R., Lazutka R., Navickė J., Perista P., Pop L.M., Fritzell J., Nelson K., Palme J.

The Covid 19 pandemic severely affected some categories of non-standard workers, and particularly the self-employed. This edited volume provides in-depth case studies about the measures taken in relation to unemployment benefits, sickness benefits and leave, both for non-standard workers and the self-employed. Eight countries are covered by independent national experts.


  Access to healthcare - Belgium

Eliminating inequalities in financial access to health care. Analysis of a survey of experts and stakeholders
The OSE submitted to experts and stakeholders a set of proposals to improve financial access to healthcare in Belgium. This survey was commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance. The report with the results of the consultation was handed over to the Belgian minister of public health and social affairs, Frank Vandenbroucke.


| NL | Wegwerken van de ongelijkheden in de financiële toegang tot gezondheidszorg. Analyse van een bevraging van experts en belanghebbenden
Het OSE heeft aan deskundigen en belanghebbenden een reeks voorstellen voorgelegd om de financiële toegang tot de gezondheidszorg in België te verbeteren. Dit onderzoek werd uitgevoerd in opdracht van het RIZIV. Het verslag met de resultaten van de raadpleging werd overhandigd aan de Belgische minister van Volksgezondheid en Sociale Zaken, Frank Vandenbroucke.

Summary report
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Press release

  Social challenges & EU Recovery

The Socio-Ecological Dimension of the EU Recovery. From the European Green Deal to the Recovery and Resilience Facility
Sabato S., Mandelli M. and Vanhercke B. (2021) - EUROsociAL Coll. No.24
This report assesses the socio-ecological dimension of the EU’s recovery strategy from the Covid-19 crisis, and identifies elements of continuity and change compared to the pre-pandemic EU growth strategy. Social challenges related to the green transition are to some extent acknowledged in the Recovery and Resilience Facility, and the EU proclaims a ‘balanced’ approach to the recovery, aiming to combine the promotion of green growth with the achievement of a socially just transition. But how will the EU and its Member States implement this balanced approach? 







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