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    2017 - 2020   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Projet/Réseau EU

  
   

Multiple Framework contracts for the provision of services related to the implementation of better regulation guidelines (PPMI)

The OSE in collaboration with three partners – the Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI, lead partner), RAND Europe and Kooperationsstelle Hamburg (KOOP) – was awarded a new Framework contract with the European Commission. The purpose of the multiple framework contracts is to assist the European Commission in implementing the Better Regulation Guidelines in its activities. More specifically, these are services supporting DG EMPL on impact assessment, evaluation and monitoring in the areas of employment, social affairs, labour mobility and skills.

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Stéphanie Coster, Ramón Peña-Casas and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Links

Employment
Social affairs
Labour Mobility
Skills
PPMI website
KOOP website
RAND Europe website
European Commission (Better Regulation) website

        

 

    2018 - 2019   | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Follow up of EU level developments with an impact on health care systems (2018-2019)

The OSE was awarded a two-year project for providing the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) and the Belgian health authorities with expertise and analysis on EU policies with a potential impact on national health care systems. This project is the continuation of a longstanding collaboration between the OSE and the NIHDI in this field.
The project includes : 
Expert advice on EU policies with a potential impact on health care systems in general and the Belgian health care system in particular.
The publication of a quarterly electronic newsletter on recent EU developments with a potential impact on national health care systems.
Research on :

Cross-border telemedicine: the involvement of Belgian actors

European Reference Networks of centres of excellence: developments and impact

Inequalities in access to healthcare in Belgium, in a European perspective

Topics

Documents and Links

European Reference Networks 
Cross-border telemedicine
Access to health care
Quarterly newsletter in : EN | NL | FR
Belgian National Institute for Health and Invalidity Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI/RIZIV) Link

 

    2018 - 2019   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Social Policy Network 2 (ESPN2)

Since 2014, the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) has been supporting the European Commission with independent information, analysis and expertise on social policies to foster the development of evidence-based social policy initiatives at European level. In particular, the ESPN supports the Commission in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social protection and social inclusion objectives as set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Semester. The ESPN2 currently covers 35 countries: the 28 EU countries as well as seven candidate and potential candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. It also provides ad hoc social policy analysis for an additional set of countries inside and outside Europe. Finally, the ESPN acts as the secretariat to MISSOC (Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection). At the heart of the ESPN are 35 Country Teams of independent experts on social policies who are supported and coordinated by a central team of international experts. The ESPN is managed jointly by the LISER Research Institute (lead partner, based in Luxembourg), the independent research company APPLICA (Belgium) and the OSE (Social Protection Leader). 

The contract is a one-year contract which can be renewed up to three times.
 
The OSE researchers involved in this project are Slavina Spasova (lead researcher), Rita Baeten, Stéphanie Coster, Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas and Bart Vanhercke
 
*
This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Topics

Links

Social protection
- Health care 
- Sickness benefits
- Pensions
- Long-term care
- Work-life balance
- Unemployment
Social Inclusion
- Child poverty
- Minimum income
More ESPN news on Twitter:
@OSE_be 
@applica_bxl
ESPN Flash Reports
EC website: ESPN Presentation
European Semester
European Pilar of Social Rights
MISSOC - Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection
LISER Research Institute
APPLICA - Independent research company

 

    2018 - 2019   | Project leader : Sebastiano Sabato

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Public service trade unions: effective intervention in the European Semester (EFISTU)

The OSE is a partner in this new project led by the European Public Sector Union (EPSU). The partnership also includes the School of Education of the University of Nottingham. The project aims at investigating the extent to which public sector trade unions – in particular in the area of education – have been involved (if at all) in the European Semester. The project should provide public sector trade unions with tools to achieve effective involvement in the Semester. The OSE will conduct case studies in France and Italy. OSE researchers involved in this project: Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas, Sebastiano Sabato and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Links

European Semester
Trade union
Public sector
Education
EPSU website
University of Nottingham (School of Education) website

 

    2018 - 2019   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

National Trade Union Involvement in The European Semester – INVOTUNES

The OSE is the lead partner of this Commission-funded project. The partnership is made up of ten institutions. These include universities (the University of Macerata, Uppsala University and University of Turku); trade union-related research institutes (the European Social Observatory, the Hans Boeckler Foundation’s Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), and the Institute for Social and Trade Union Research (ISTUR); independent research centres (the Centre for Studies for Social Intervention (CESIS), the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is an associate partner in the project. 

INVOTUNES explores the extent to which national trade unions are involved (if at all) in the European Semester, the mechanisms and impact of such involvement and finally the linkages between the European Semester and national social dialogue. At the core of the project are eight case studies in as many countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. The project will lead to concrete recommendations for national trade unions with a view to ensuring effective and quality involvement in the Semester. OSE researchers involved in this project: Sebastiano Sabato (scientific coordinator), Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas, Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke (project manager).

Topics

Links

European Semester
Trade union
Social protection and social inclusion
Social dialogue
INVOTUNES website

 

    2016 - 2019   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

International Digest – Belgian Review for Social Security

The OSE was awarded a new contract with the Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security with a view to writing the ‘International Digest’ for the quarterly Belgian Review for Social Security (RBSS/BTSZ). The digest will continue to provide a regular overview of international developments (EU, OECD, ILO etc.) that have a direct or indirect impact on social protection and social inclusion policies and debates. The RBSS/BTSZ is available online, in French and Dutch.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Cécile Barbier 

Topics

Links

Social security
Social protection and social inclusion
International developments 
Belgian Review for Social Security website
Federal Public Service Social Security website

 

    2017 - 2018   | Project leader : Sebastiano Sabato

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Study on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EESC)

The study on “How to implement key elements of the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is needed to guarantee a positive social impact” will provide the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) with recommendations on effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Particular attention is given to the ways in which social partners and civil society could play an important role in consultation and participation, in particular through the EESC. The study focuses on three priority areas: fair working conditions, collective bargaining and wages. OSE researchers involved in this project: Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas, Sebastiano Sabato, Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Links

European Pillar of Social Rights
Social protection and social inclusion
Governance
EESC Workers’ Group website
European Commission website (EPSR) website

 

    2017 - 2018   | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The impact of digitalisation on the content and quality of jobs in public services (EPSU)

What is the concrete impact of the increased use of ICTs in public services on the content and quality of jobs? This is the central question of the research project that the OSE has just begun for the European Federation of Public Services (EPSU). After reviewing the literature and carrying out targeted interviews with sectorial EPSU delegates, the project will focus on reporting the perceptions of workers themselves about the positive and negative effects of ICT on their work. The effects of digitalisation on the content of work and the organization of tasks and, more generally, on job quality, are analysed in two specific sectors: home care and public employment services, in four European countries (France, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain). The first results will be presented at a public service congress in Berlin in December 2017, with the final report due in early 2018.

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Dalila Ghailani and Ramón Peña-Casas 

Topics

Links

Public Administration
Digitalisation 
Social Dialogue 
Job quality 
European Federation of Public Service Unions EPSU
Europe 2020

 

    2015 - 2018   | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Rebuilding an Inclusive, Value-based Europe of Solidarity and Trust through Social Investments (RE-InVEST)

In 2013, as a response to rising inequalities, poverty and distrust in the EU, the Commission launched a major endeavour to rebalance economic and social policies with the Social Investment Package (SIP). Funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme, the RE-InVEST project aims to strengthen the philosophical, institutional and empirical underpinnings of the SIP, based on social investment in human rights and capabilities. The project will actively involve European citizens severely affected by the crisis in the co-construction of a more powerful and effective social investment agenda.

The OSE will contribute to this project by applying the model of social investment to public intervention in the health care sector and in the formulation of policy recommendations.

Topics

Links

Social investment
Human rights
Capabilities
Health care
Marketization
RE-InVEST website
Alliances to fight Poverty website

 

    2014 - 2018   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Social Policy Network (ESPN)

The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) was established in July 2014 on the initiative of the European Commission to provide high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise on social policy issues in the European Union and neighbouring countries. In particular, the ESPN will support the Commission in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social protection and social inclusion objectives as set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Social Open Method of Coordination and the Social Investment Package. It will provide the Commission with a comprehensive overview of policies on social protection (i.e. pensions, healthcare and long-term care) and social inclusion in the countries covered, including their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas most in need of further social investment.

The ESPN brings together into a single network the work that used to be carried out by the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, the Network responsible for the Analytical Support on the Socio-Economic Impact of Social Protection Reforms (ASISP) and the MISSOC (Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection) secretariat.

At the heart of the ESPN are country teams of independent experts on social protection and social inclusion policies. The Network covers 35 countries - the 28 EU Member States plus seven other countries (the FYR of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). The ESPN is managed jointly by the CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute (lead partner, based in Luxembourg), the independent research company APPLICA (Belgium) and the European Social Observatory (Belgium).

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Bart Vanhercke (Social Protection Leader), Rita Baeten, Stéphanie Coster, Dalila Ghailani, David Natali, Sebastiano Sabato, Slavina Spasova (lead researcher) and Ramón Peña-Casas.

Topics

Links

Health care
Long-term care
Pensions
Social Inclusion
More ESPN news on Twitter: @OSE_be #ESPNFlash 
ESPN Flash Reports
EC website: ESPN Presentation
Europe 2020 Strategy
Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion
MISSOC - Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection
LISER - Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Resarch
APPLICA - Independent research company
EC Employment, Social affairs & Inclusion: ESPN

Publications

Thematic Reports

Challenges in long-term care (2018) Synthesis report - 35 National Reports
Access to social protection for people working on non-standard contracts and as self-employed (2017) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports
Progress in the implementation of the 2013 EU Recommendation on “Investing in children” (2017) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports
Pension adequacy (2017) 7 non-EU countries reports
Minimum Income Schemes in Europe (2016) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports
Work-life balance measures for persons of working age with dependent relatives (2016) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports
Retirement regimes for workers in arduous or hazardous jobs (2016) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports
Sick pay and sickness benefit schemes in the European Union (2016) Ad hoc report
Integrated support for the long-term unemployed in Europe (2015) Synthesis Report and 35 National Reports

2014 - 2015

Social Investment in Europe - A Study of National Policies ESPN report ESPN Reports
National Social Investment reports 35 National Reports
Les stratégies nationales d’investissement social dans le tourment de la crise (RTBF.be) Opinion par E.Marlier et B.Vanhercke

 

    2017   | Project leader : Dalila Ghailani

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Overview of measures related to work-life balance in the European Union (ETUI)

As part of the follow-up to the European Commission’s 'New Start' initiative on work-life balance challenges faced by working parents and carers, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) asked the OSE to provide a brief overview of measures in the Member States in this area. 

The focus is on parental leave and carers’ leave, as well as flexible working arrangements schemes within the EU. The Country sheets should serve as a tool to support ETUC and other stakeholders who are lobbying for the adoption of a Directive on work-life balance. OSE researcher involved in this project: Dalila Ghailani. 

Topics

Links

Work-life balance
Parental leave
Flexible work
Download the report (ETUC website): PDF
European Commission website (New Start) website
ETUI website

 

    2017   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   
Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2017
The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which will result in the 18th edition of the joint edited volume. It will feature renowned academic scholars — Daniel Clegg, Amandine Crespy, Maria João Rodrigues, Vivien Schmidt and Mario Telò — as well as OSE and ETUI contributors. Editors: Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato and Denis Bouget.

The 2017 volume of our book will consist of two parts. The first part addresses what we call ‘high-level politics’. Chapter 1 provides the analytical framework for understanding the key dynamics at stake: integration, disintegration and differentiated integration. Chapter 2 deals with Brexit — arguably the key political development in 2016. Chapter 3 addresses the violation of the human rights of refugees. Chapter 4 engages with the European Pillar of Social Rights: a window of opportunity, probably leading to differentiated integration. 

The second part of the book addresses ‘day to day’ politics. Chapter 5 provides an assessment of key developments in the 2016 cycle of the European Semester. Chapter 6 engages with the ‘re-launched’ European Social Dialogue. Chapter 7 deals with recent EU initiatives seemingly promoting a transition from regulation to voluntary standards in health care. Chapter 8 discusses recent national policies supporting work-life balance, while chapter 9 provides a comparative view with regard to policies and practices targeted at older workers in Europe. The volume ends with a forward-looking reflection on the future of the EU in relation to the integration, disintegration and differentiated integration dynamics. The chronology summarises the key events of 2016 with regard to social and economic matters. 

Topics

Brexit
Economic governance 
Future of Europe
Health care 
Human rights
Migration crisis
Older workers
Social dialogue
Work-life balance

Links

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2016 : Book | Presentation-debate
#SocPol_EU

 

    2017   | Project leader : Sebastiano Sabato

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Semester review: which way forward for a social Europe?

With inequality increasing across Europe and the EU not on track to achieve the Europe 2020 social objectives, the UK-based European Social Network (ESN) has again asked the OSE to provide scientific underpinning of its work on the European Semester. The focus will be on the impact of austerity policies on public social services management and provision, territorial disparities and evidence-based policy-making. Policy areas covered will include children’s services, homelessness and housing exclusion, community care and de-institutionalization as well as services to immigrants and refugees. The report will provide the substance for ESN’s proposals regarding the 2017 Country-specific Recommendations. 

OSE researchers involved in this project: Sebastiano Sabato and Bart Vanhercke

Topics

Links and document

European Semester
Economic governance
Country-specific Recommendations
Social policy
Social Services
European Social Network website
ESN’s European Semester Report 2017 (PDF)  website
European Semester website (European Commission) website

 

    2015 - 2017   | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Policies for an Aged Workforce in the EU (PAWEU)

In spite of the current strong emphasis in all EU countries on means to tackle youth unemployment, the participation of older individuals in the labour market remains a significant policy challenge. This is due to the interplay of the current recession, the ageing of the population and the need to control public welfare spending (pensions, unemployment benefits and social assistance). In this context, the European Social Observatory has started a new European Commission-funded project, called Policies for an Aged Workforce in the EU (PAWEU). The project is coordinated by the Fondazione G. Brodolini (Michele Raitano). Other partners are the Italian Social Security Institute and the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly. 

This innovative project aims at comparing and assessing the capacity of welfare systems and private enterprises to encourage older workers (50-69 years old) to stay in work as long as possible, while protecting them against unemployment and social exclusion risks. Following a comparative perspective, the project assesses a range of policies and practices – including pensions, social benefits, unemployment benefits, active ageing, active labour market policies and private firms' practices - in terms of both efficiency and equity. In the end, the question is whether older workers’ employability can be improved without jeopardizing their wellbeing.

OSE researchers involved in this project: 
Dalila Ghailani, David Natali, Ramón Peña-Casas, Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke

Topics

Documents

Active aging 
Employability
Pensions
Labour market
Welfare reforms
OSE Final Report (PDF)
Report on the Stakeholder workshop (May 2017)
(OSE deliverable) 
(PDF) 
Links
Italian Social Security Institute (INPS)
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB)
Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly (MoLFSPE)

 

    2015 - 2017   | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Follow up of EU level developments with an impact on health care systems (2015-2017)

The OSE was awarded a new project for providing the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) with expertise and analysis on EU policies with a potential impact on national health care systems. This project is the continuation of a longstanding collaboration between the OSE and the NIHDI in this field.
The project includes : 
Expert advice on EU policies with a potential impact on health care systems in general and the Belgian health care system in particular.
The publication of a quarterly electronic newsletter on recent EU developments with a potential impact on national health care systems.
The organisation of a conference early 2016 on EU Law and Policy and Health Systems.
The organisation of a workshop with international experts in preparation of a Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy, in cooperation with Sheffield School of Law.
Research on :

EU economic governance and health systems, 

Prior authorisation practices for treatment abroad in Belgium

Scope for EU level cooperation in the field of price fixing and reimbursement of highly innovative medicines and medical devices

Topics

Documents and Links

Pharmaceutical policies
Internal market and health care 
Cross border health care
EU economic governance
Quarterly newsletter in : EN | NL | FR
Conference (2016): Health Systems and EU Law and Policy Website
Belgian National Institute for Health and  Invalidity Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI/RIZIV) Link

 

    2016   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2016

The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which resulted in the 17th edition of this edited volume. It features external scholars (Sergio Fabbrini, Anke Hassel and Bettina Wagner) as well as OSE and ETUI contributors.

With a look into varied fields of enquiry such as the immigration crisis, the tackling of long-term unemployment, occupational health and safety as well as the impact of the crisis on fundamental rights, the contributors to this research project present a thorough analysis of the main social developments that took place in Europe during the year 2015. The book ends with a chronology of the key events in European social policy. The entire volume (which exists in English and French) can be downloaded for free.

Editors: Bart Vanhercke, David Natali and Denis Bouget

Topics

Links

Migration crisis
Eurozone
Unemployment
Health and safety
Fundamental rights
Download/Order 
Presentation/date
Executive summary

 

    2014 - 2016   | Project leader : David Natali and Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Unemployment and Pensions Protection in Europe: The Changing Role of Social Partners

The new PROWELFARE, financed by the European Commission, started in December 2014. It is a two-year project coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) which involves 10 partners (see the dedicated website). 

PROWELFARE examines the role of social partners - particularly of trade unions - in the provision of welfare protection through occupational schemes. Specific objectives of the project are:

- To provide clarification, to systematically collect information through case studies, and to define a new classification/typology for the comparative analysis of occupational welfare in Europe.
- To demonstrate the interplay between social and occupational welfare on one hand, and between social dialogue and occupational welfare on the other hand, while also looking at the complex governance of occupational welfare schemes.
- To disseminate knowledge and improve social dialogue.

The PROWELFARE project is organized around six main activities: the first two concern data gathering and national case studies, the following three involve a cross-country analysis, the sixth and last concerns the dissemination of results.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas and Sebastiano Sabato

Topics

Links and documents

Social dialogue
Occupational welfare
Industrial relations
governance
Final Conference short video
PROWELFARE 2014-2016 website

 

    2014-2016   | Responsable : Ramón Peña-Casas

Projet/Réseau EU

  
   

Analysis and evolution of the social situation in the context of the NRP

OSE and HIVA (KULeuven) started new research for the Belgian Social Security Administration (FPS), with a view to updating and improving the indicators used in the Belgian National Social Report and the National Reform Programme. As part of this research, Ramón Peña-Casas provided a detailed picture of (very) low work intensity households in Belgium, using register data available in the ‘Data Warehouse Labour Market and Social Protection’ (Datawarehouse marché du travail et protection sociale), which is managed by Crossroads Bank of Social Security. The results of this analysis will be published in an OSE working paper during 2015.

Thèmes concernés

Liens

In-work poverty
Jobless households
Low work intensity households
Europe 2020
Poverty
Social exclusion
Datawarehouse marché du travail et protection sociale 
Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security
Crossroads Bank for Social Security 

 

    2015   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Further Socialising the European Semester: Moving forward for the ‘social Triple A’

Bart Vanhercke and Jonathan Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam) have been tasked by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU to assess how social and employment issues are being considered in the European Semester. The report will also pinpoint possible shortcomings of the current process and propose concrete suggestions on how the social policy dimension can be further enhanced within the EPSCO Council formation. This includes a reflection on the most effective use of key instruments and review tools, while considering the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure and Alert Mechanism scoreboards.

Topics

Links and documents

European Semester
Economic governance
Social policy 
Socialisation
Final Report (December 2015) PDF
Luxembourg Presidency of the EU
EUROPE 2020
SIEPS Report No.7 (December 2014)

 

    2015   | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Modernising public administration – The implications for social dialogue and collective bargaining (EPSU)

The OSE has started a new research project on “Modernising public administration – The implications for social dialogue and collective bargaining”. The aim of this research – commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and financed by the European Commission - is twofold. First, we will shed light on the key messages concerning the modernisation of public administration emerging from the European Semester (in particular, from the annual Country-specific Recommendations). Second, we will investigate the involvement of public sector unions in, and their commitment to, the European Semester process at the national level. Besides providing an overview of the EU 28 countries, the OSE will carry out a more in-depth analysis concerning 5 countries (the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland and Italy). The project will result in a number of briefing documents which will be discussed with stakeholders during three project meetings and further disseminated to a public of trade unionists and employer representatives.

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Chiara Agostini, Sebastiano Sabato, Valentina Lisi and Ramón Peña-Casas

Topics

Links and documents

Public Administration
European Semester
Social Dialogue
Country-Specific Recommendations
Final Report (December 2015, PDF)
European Federation of Public Service Unions EPSU
EUROPE 2020
Quality of Public Administration - A Toolbox

 

    2015   | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Fiscal austerity and the welfare state

OSE started new research for the European Trade Union Institute aimed at developing a critical assessment of the welfare reforms adopted by the Member States in the wake of the economic and fiscal crisis. The research project embraces a larger set of policies: labour market policies, social policies (pensions), education, R&D, and public sector reforms. Some of these areas are typical examples of the so-called ‘structural reforms’ supported by international organisations and the EU. In line with the literature, we define structural reforms as measures designed to increase the intensity of competition in markets for labour and goods via privatisation and/or deregulation. 

The project tries to qualify the nature of the reforms introduced so far and their impact on social and employment policies: do they represent a ‘race to the bottom’ (with overall cutbacks) or rather a ‘revision’ (with both cutbacks and improvements) of labour and social policy measures (and the other public policies under scrutiny) in post-industrial European societies? The project also tackles the question of convergence (towards the neo-liberal paradigm) versus divergence (overall retrenchment, dualization and flexicurity) between varieties of welfare capitalisms in the context of the Great Recession. The project will address these questions, providing evidence of the output and outcomes of the reforms in the EU Member States.

OSE researchers involved in this project: David Natali (project leader), Chiara Agostini, Valentina Lisi and Sebastiano Sabato

Topics

Links

Austerity
Welfare reforms
Labour market
Pensions
Education
European Trade Union Institute ETUI

 

    2015   | Project leader : Dalila Ghailani

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Policies for gender balance in the European Parliament 

The OSE has been selected to participate in a new research project coordinated by OpCit Research for the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). The study will evaluate the impact of political parties’ and independent candidates’ policies and strategies to include and empower women and increase the number of women on electoral lists and in the EP. The study comprises an evaluation of the actions of a range of relevant stakeholders, including the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), national and European political parties, and women’s NGOs. The study will cover nine Members: Belgium, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Dalila Ghailani will conduct the Belgian and French case studies.

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Dalila Ghailani and Bart Vanhercke

Topics

Links

Gender equality
European Parliament
2014 Elections
Stakeholders
OpCit Research
Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) Committee of the European Parliament

 

    2014 - 2015   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2015

The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which resulted in a book on “Social Policy in the European Union: State of Play 2015”. The 16th edition of this edited volume (published in September) features external scholars (Richard Hyman, Vivien Schmidt and Jonathan Zeitlin) as well as OSE and ETUI contributers.

With a look into such varied fields of enquiry as the EU prospects after the 2014 parliamentary elections, the (role for social partners in) the EU economic and social governance, the Investment Plan for the EU, the EU and education policy, EU constraints on member states’ health care policy and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the contributors to this research project present a thorough analysis of the main social developments that took place in Europe during the year 2014. The book ends with a chronology of the key events in European social policy. The entire volume can be downloaded for free.

Topics

Links

Socio-economic governance
Institutional developments
Health care
Investment plan
Stakeholders
Social Policy in the European Union: State of Play 2015 Download/Order
Social developments in the European Union 2013 

 

    2014 - 2015   | Project leader : Dalila Ghailani

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The Impact of the Crisis on Fundamental Rights across the Member States of the EU

Respect for human rights is a universal value embedded in the European Union Treaties. However, the economic crisis has forced Member States to introduce structural reforms, cutting public expenditure and availability of social benefits, for example in the areas of health and education. In this context, he European Parliament commissioned Milieu Ltd to carry out an assessment of the impact of the crisis on fundamental rights across Member States of the European Union. The study looks at seven Member States: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The focus is on the right to work, right to healthcare, right to a pension, and right to education. Dalila Ghailani is carrying out the Belgian case study while Bart Vanhercke is contributing to the quality control of the project.

Topics

Links

Fundamental social rights
Austerity
Impact of Crisis
Milieu Ltd
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament 

 

    2014 - 2015   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Social Policy Network (ESPN)

The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) was established in July 2014 on the initiative of the European Commission to provide high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise on social policy issues in the European Union and neighbouring countries. In particular, the ESPN will support the Commission in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social protection and social inclusion objectives as set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Social Open Method of Coordination and the Social Investment Package. It will provide the Commission with a comprehensive overview of policies on social protection (i.e. pensions, healthcare and long-term care) and social inclusion in the countries covered, including their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas most in need of further social investment.

The ESPN brings together into a single network the work that used to be carried out by the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, the Network responsible for the Analytical Support on the Socio-Economic Impact of Social Protection Reforms (ASISP) and the MISSOC (Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection) secretariat.

At the heart of the ESPN are country teams of independent experts on social protection and social inclusion policies. The Network covers 35 countries - the 28 EU Member States plus seven other countries (the FYR of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). The ESPN is managed jointly by the CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute (lead partner, based in Luxembourg), the independent research company APPLICA (Belgium) and the European Social Observatory (Belgium).

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Bart Vanhercke, Rita Baeten, Dalila Ghailani, David Natali, Sebastiano Sabato, Ramon Pena Casas.

Topics

Links

Health care 
Long-term care
Pensions
Social Inclusion
More ESPN news on Twitter: @OSE_be #ESPNFlash
ESPN Flash Reports
EC website: ESPN Presentation
Europe 2020 Strategy
Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion
ASISP - Network for the Analytical Support on the Socio-Economic Impact of Social Protection Reforms
MISSOC - Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection
CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute
APPLICA - Independent research company
EC Employment, Social affairs & Inclusion: ESPN
Publications
Social Investment in Europe - A Study of National Policies ESPN report  Link
National Social Investment Strategies in the Shadow of the Economic Crisis 
Policy Network Opinion 
Link
Les stratégies nationales d’investissement social dans le tourment de la crise
RTBF.be Opinion par E. Marlier et B. Vanhercke 
Link
National Social Investment reports prepared by the 35 ESPN country teams  Link

 

    2002 - 2015       | Project leader : Rita Baeten 

National Project 

  
   

Follow up of EU level developments with an impact on health care systems

Since 2002, the OSE collaborates closely with the Belgian National Institute for Health and Invalidity Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI/RIZIV), providing the latter with expertise on EU policies with a potential impact on national health care systems.
 
This includes :
Expert advice on EU policies with a potential impact on health care systems in general and the Belgian health care system in particular.
The publication of a quarterly electronic newsletter on recent EU developments with a potential impact on national health care systems.
The organisation of conferences and study days.
The establishment of international expert networks to carry research on these topics. 
The coordination of high level publications related to these topics.

Topics

Links

Patient mobility
Cross border care
Health care provider mobility
EU pharmaceutical policies
Internal market and health care
Health care and the jurisprudence of the ECJ
Belgian National Institute for Health and Invalidity Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI/RIZIV)

Key Documents

Quarterly newsletter in : EN | NL | FR
Health Systems Governance in Europe: the Role of European Union Law and Policy
E. Mossialos, G. Permanand, R. Baeten and T. Hervey (Ed.)
Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Presentation
The Impact of EU Law on Health Care Systems
M. McKee, E. Mossialos, R. Baeten (eds.), 2002  Link
EU Law and the Social Character of Health Care
E. Mossialos & M. McKee
In collaboration with Beatrix Carl, Willy Palm & Franz Marhold
, 2002  Link

Conferences and workshops

Conference (2014): The future of social health insurance in Europe Website
Conference (2011): The Future EU Framework for Health Systems Governance: Improving Health Systems Performance in a Fragile Economic Climate Website
Conference (2011) : Cross-Border Healthcare Simulation Website
Conference (2008): Health Systems Governance in Europe: the Role of EU Law and Policy Website
Symposium (2007): European Integration and Health Care Systems Website
Study Day (2006): The European Union and Health Care Website
Conference (2001): Belgian Presidency conference "European Integration and National Health Care Systems: a Challenge for Social Policy" Website

 

 

 
   
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