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    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

  

    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 and Links

Active aging 
Employability
Pensions
Labour market
Welfare reforms
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

 

    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

 

    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

 

    2014   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Socializing the European Semester?

Jonathan Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam) and Bart Vanhercke conducted joint work on behalf of the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) on economic governance and social policy coordination in the European Semester and Europe 2020. The European Semester of policy coordination, introduced since the beginning of the Euro crisis, has prompted questions about the nature and dynamics of the EU’s emerging socio-economic governance architecture. In this report, Jonathan Zeitlin and Bart Vanhercke argue that since 2011, there has been a partial but progressive ‘socialization’ of the European Semester.

Topics

Links

European Semester
Economic governance
Social policy
Socialization
SIEPS Report No.7 (December 2014) 
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies 

 

    2014-2016   | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

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.

Topics

Links

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 

 

    2014       | Project leader : Denis Bouget

Project/EU Network 

   

Health care reforms and the crisis

The OSE was awarded a contract with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), in order to conduct research on health care reforms undertaken during the Great Recession. In a scenario of increasing budget constraints, the health sector has become an attractive target for policymakers seeking to rein in social spending, not least due to its size and potential for efficiency gains. Whereas the economic policy conditionalities imposed by the Troika on countries such as Greece and Portugal included detailed instructions for health system reform, other governance tools able to reach across EU Member States (e.g. CSRs) have also become more widespread and detailed in their requests. Cuts to public spending on health may however come at a time when more resources are required, in order to absorb the consequences of the crisis on citizens and workers.

The present project aims to develop a critical assessment of the reforms undertaken over the last 5 years in a representative selection of EU health systems. It asks what are the main recent trends in the reform of health systems in the EU; and what changing role the state, society, and the market play in their governance, provision, and regulation. Thematically, the focus is on the Great Recession and on supranational governance actors/instruments as elements able to foster and shape domestic reform processes otherwise both unpopular and unlikely. Finally, the project also addresses the overall outcome of the reforms in terms of convergence/divergence among different European health models. The final report is due in April 2014. 

The OSE researchers involved in this project are Furio Stamati and Rita Baeten

Topics

Links

Healthcare 
Health Systems
Comparative social policy
Great Recession
Austerity
ETUI  European Trade Union Institute
SPC  Social Protection Committee
DG SANCO

 

    2013 - 2014   | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The European Social Model and Employment

Bart Vanhercke was appointed, for the academic year 2013-2014, Associate Professor at the Institute for European Studies of Saint-Louis University (FUSL), where he is teaching a course on “The European Social Model and Employment” in the (FR/EN) Master of European Studies, a second cycle programme.

Topics

Links

European Social Mode
Employment policy
Economic governance
Social policy instruments 
Saint-Louis University, Brussels
Institute European Studies
Master of European Studies

 

    2013 - 2014   | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social developments in the European Union 2013

The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which resulted in a book on “Social developments in the European Union 2013”. The 15th edition of this publication (published in July 2014) featured authors such as Anton Hemerijck (Fault lines and silver linings in Europe’s social market economy), Frank Vandenbroucke, Bart Vanhercke and John Morley (A European Social Union), and Ferdinand Fichtner (Euro area-wide unemployment insurance). In the concluding chapter, David Natali suggests a new policy package through a new political deal.

With a look into such varied fields of enquiry as European social governance (Christophe Degryse, Maria Jepsen and Philippe Pochet), a European minimum income (Ramón Peña-Casas and Denis Bouget), Gender equality (Dalila Ghailani), and working time and atypical forms of work (Carole Lang, Stefan Clauwaert and Isabelle Schömann), the contributors to this research project present a thorough analysis of the main social developments that took place in Europe during the year 2013. The book ends with a chronology of the key events in European social policy (Cécile Barbier).

Topics

Links

CJEU
Social Union
Economic crisis
Unemployment insurance
Atypical work
Governance
Gender equality
Institutional developments
Conference-debate (Documents, video, ...) 
Contents and order

 

    2013 - 2014    | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Friends of Europe – Social Union

The European Union and its Member States are failing to deliver on the fundamental goals of the European project: the simultaneous pursuit of economic progress and social progress, both within countries through the progressive development of welfare states, and between countries through upward convergence across the Union.

There is therefore an urgent need to review the scope and purpose of the Union’s social objectives, and the way they can be pursued and achieved. That is why Friends of Europe – an independent think-tank for EU policy analysis and debate – has contracted the OSE to write a report on ‘A holistic approach to Europe’s social problems’, under the supervision of Frank Vandenbroucke. The aim is to take the EU’s social dimension out of its ‘specialist-only’ corner and bring these concerns to the top of the political agenda.

A final report will be produced by the autumn of 2014, which will include a set of recommendations for the incoming European Commission and European Parliament, and some ‘tough nuts to crack’ for domestic policymakers. The report will include a historical overview of the social acquis (broadly understood, including employment and non-discrimination) which has developed during the past fifty years through different modes of day-to-day EU social policymaking: the traditional Community method, the EU distributional mode, policy coordination and social dialogue.

Topics

Links

Social Union
Solidarity
Policy instruments
Friends of Europe Website
Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2013 EN

 

    2013 - 2014        | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social Solidarity for Social Integration: the Minimum Income Network (EMIN)

The OSE has started a new research project, together with the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), which is in charge of the overall coordination. Funded by the European Commission, the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) project will first build a network of national experts (social and anti-poverty NGOs and people experiencing poverty) with the aim to review and compare national situations as regards minimum income schemes. Subsequently, the aim is to build consensus on the necessary steps towards the progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States. This is in line with the European Commission’s Active Inclusion Recommendation of 2008, the Europe 2020 strategy and fits within the context of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

The OSE has been asked to provide scientific guidance, and to support the overall project management, which is taken care of by EAPN. Thus, the OSE contributes to the drawing up of the guidelines for the case studies (with Anne van Lancker, main consultant of the project) and provides feedback on the draft national and thematic reports. These reports will deal with the adequacy, coverage and (non) take-up of minimum income schemes, with special attention given to specific vulnerable groups (the elderly, homeless people). The OSE will also assist with the drafting of EU level documents for discussion at the EU level conferences. The partners in the project are the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), two European NGO networks (AGE-Platform and FEANTSA), the Belgian Public administration (FPS Social Integration), Agence Nouvelle de Solidarités Actives (ANSA), the Social Inclusion Regional Group (SIRG) and representatives of five selected countries, from the National Minimum Income Networks (NIMIN) in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Denmark and Hungary. During the second year of the project, the other EU Member states will join in.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Sebastiano Sabato, Ramón Peña-Casas and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Links

Minimum Income 
Social Inclusion
Poverty
Europe 2020
ANSA  Agence Nouvelle de Solidarités Actives
EAPN  European Poverty Network
ETUI  European Trade Union Institute
FEANTSA  European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless
FPS  Federal Public Service for Social Integration
SIRG  Social Inclusion Regional Group 

  

  

    2012 - 2014       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation (ImPRovE)

The Centre for Social Policy (CSB) and the Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASES) at the University of Antwerp successfully proposed a research project funded under the 7th Framework Programme that will address key questions such as: how can social innovation complement, reinforce and modify macro level policies, and vice versa? How can the conditions be improved to move towards the Europe 2020 objectives? 
 
The European Social Observatory will work particularly on the question how the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU social agenda and cohesion policy can be brought closer together at EU, national and sub-national levels (i.e. the issue of mainstreaming social innovation under Europe's new Strategy). In that perspective, the OSE will assess to what extent the different EU instruments available for addressing poverty and social exclusion - Structural Funds, the Open Method of Coordination and the newly to be created European Platform against poverty - can mutually reinforce each other in the context of Europe 2020.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Ramón Peña-Casas and David Natali.

Topics

Links and documents

Poverty
Social innovation
Europe 2020
European Social Fund
Working Paper No.16/03
Working Paper No.15/21
Center for Social Policy (CSB)
OASES
ImPRovE

  

 

    2011 - 2015       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

NEUJOBS / Employment 2025: How will multiple transitions affect the European labour market

The European Social Observatory is part of the four year NEUJOBS Project, funded by the European Commission (FP7). The main objective will be to highlight the opportunities and difficulties that result from the socio-economic and ecological transitions of the labour market. In order to include all stakeholders’ positions in the study, social partners will be actively involved. Results should allow decision makers to take the most appropriate social and economic measures and avoid/reduce negative impacts on some groups of workers (older workers, migrants, Roma, etc.). The OSE tasks will include the creation of an interactive platform for discussion and debate (blog) throughout the project, as well as the organisation of National Workshop Meetings in member States (with social partners from diverse geographical and intellectual horizons).

Topics

Links

Social, economic and ecological transitions
Access to the labour market
Social and economic inclusion
NeuJobs Website
NeuJobs blog
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Book Launch  VIDEO - More info
Final Conference VIDEO - More info

 

    2013       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas 

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Towards a European Minimum Income

As part of the preparation of an Opinion on guaranteed minimum income at European level, the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) contracted the OSE to conduct a study entitled “Towards a European Minimum Income”. The main objective of this research is to explore the feasibility of introducing a European instrument relating to non-contributory minimum income schemes for able-bodied persons of working age. The study, which combines qualitative and quantitative research methods, provides first a detailed overview of guaranteed minimum income schemes existing in the EU member states, in terms of organization, adequacy and conditionality. 
The principal trends of their development and the challenges with which they are confronted are also studied. Another part of the study reviews the main EU level initiatives in the domain of minimum income protection, and provides an analysis of EU and international legal frameworks, to shed light on the legal and political feasibility of introducing an EU level instrument on minimum income protection. Finally, a last part of the research, conducted in partnership with the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) of the KU Leuven, assesses the financial implications of an EU level instrument aimed at helping EU member states to achieve higher levels of guaranteed minimum income, achieving a better fit between current levels and the various relative poverty lines. These are explored, taking into account different scenarios reflecting the different relative poverty thresholds and take-up rates. 

OSE researchers involved in this project: Ramón Peña-Casas, Dalila Ghailani, Sebastiano Sabato, and Bart Vanhercke
Associate partner: Ides Nicaise, Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) of the KU Leuven

Topics

Links

Minimum income
Social Inclusion
Active Inclusion
Poverty
Social Protection
EESC Public Hearing on “European Minimum Income and Poverty Indicators” (28th of May 2013):
EESC Extraordinary meeting of the Workers’ Group (21st of October 2013) on Social Cohesion and Minimum Income: 
HIVA  Website 
Study : Towards a European minimum income (Info and document)

 

    2013       | Project leader : David Natali 

Project/EU Network 

  
   

A Model for Implementing Sustainable and Qualitative Growth in the EU

This research partnership between the OSE and the Centre for European Studies aims to address the topic of sustainable growth within the EU. In particular, the project focuses on a definition of sustainable and qualitative growth, past and current developments in innovation and governance, and recommended policy proposals. As sustainable growth becomes more of a necessity with an increasing global population, diminishing of natural resources, and issues such as climate change and pollution, the project discusses possible solutions for the EU, taking into consideration the setbacks caused by the current economic and financial crisis. Points raised include the use of alternate indicators (‘beyond GDP’) for measuring well-being, the pathway towards Europe 2020 goals in different member states, and the continued development of renewable or more efficient energy technologies.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Cécile Barbier, David Natali, Sebastiano Sabato

Topics

Links

Sustainable growth
Governance
Economic crisis
Beyond GDP
Thinking Europe

 

    2012 - 2013       | Project leader : David Natali - Bart Vanhercke 

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social developments in the European Union 2012

The OSE has been contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which resulted in a book on the “Social developments in the European Union 2012”. The 14th edition of this publication features authors such as Paul De Grauwe (From financial to social and political risks in the Eurozone), Alexander Trechsel and Claudius Wagemann (The EU in 2012: political and institutional tensions) and Georg Feigl, Sven Hergovich and Miriam Rehm (Beyond GDP: can we re-focus the debate?). In the concluding chapter, David Natali proposes a vademecum to address EU policy and political challenges.

With a look into such varied fields of enquiry as EU Social Policy (under the radar) in times
of austerity (Bart Vanhercke), the European Employment Strategy (Ramón Peña-Casas), Education policy (Chiara Agostini and Giliberto Capano), the impact of economic governance on wages and collective bargaining (Thorsten Schulten and Torsten Müller) and an overview of key judgments delivered by the Court of Justice in times of recession (Dalila Ghailani), the contributors to this research project present a thorough analysis of the main social developments that took place in Europe during the year 2012.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Cécile Barbier, Dalila Ghailani, and Ramón Peña-Casas

Topics

Links

CJEU
Collective bargaining
Economic crisis
Education
European Employment Strategy
Governance 
Institutional developments 
Social policy
Press release EN - FR
Book presentation - Executive Summary 
Order (ETUI website)
Conference Programme EN - FR

 

    2012 - 2013       | Project leader : David Natali 

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Contributions on the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy

The OSE was awarded a contract with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), which consists of contributions to the ETUI Policy Brief series. This series allows for short papers in which researchers can expand upon and express critical and policy-oriented ideas. Three Policy Briefs will be published: first, “The European Governance of Education : Progresses and Challenges” (Chiara Agostini and David Natali); second, “The European Employment Strategy: Devolution by economic governance” (Ramón Peña-Casas and Shannon Dinan); and third “EU Social Policy in times of austerity: going beyond the European platform against poverty (Bart Vanhercke).

The OSE researchers involved in this project are David Natali, Ramón Peña-Casas and Bart Vanhercke

Topics

Links

Education
European Platform Against Poverty (EPAP)
Europe 2020
European Employment Strategy
Social Policy
Published Policy Brief by Agostini and Natali (2013)
ETUI Policy Briefs
EPAP (EC)
EES (EC)

 

    2012 - 2013       | Project leader : David Natali 

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Providing welfare through Social Dialogue: A renewed role for Social Partners? (PROWELFARE)

The OSE and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), together with the Institute for Economic and Social Research

 

(IRES, Italy), the Fundaciòn Primero de Mayo (Spain), the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (WSI, Germany), the Oxford University (United Kingdom), the Vienna Chamber of Labour (Austria), the National Institute for Working Life and The Swedish Trade Unions in Co-operation (SALTSA, Sweden) and the Trade Union Forum (FZZ, Poland) successfully proposed a research project to the European Commission on “Providing welfare through Social Dialogue: A renewed role for Social Partners?” with the aim of analysing the “voluntary occupational welfare” (VOW) or “contract welfare”, a phenomenon that consists in the provision of supplementary welfare benefits through collective bargaining and(or) unilateral bargaining by employers.

The main purposes of the PROWELFARE project is to map the increased role of contract welfare in eight EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK), through the analysis on three policy domains (health care; vocational education and training; reconciliation of work and family life) and on three policy sectors (manufacturing, public and services sectors) in order to identify the main consequences for Social Dialogue.

The main outputs of the project will be the reports on the national case studies, a final synthesis report and the publication of the results of the survey conducted. The OSE will provide its expertise managing the scientific coordination and the dissemination of the research findings, taking care of both the internal and external communication of the project in progress.

OSE researchers: Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas and Sebastiano Sabato 

Topics

Link

Industrial relations
Social dialogue
Contract welfare
Governance
PROWELFARE Web page
ETUC
The Vienna Chamber of Labour
WSI
IRES (in Italian) 
FZZ
Fundaciòn Primero de Mayo
SALTSA
The University of Oxford

 

    2012 - 2013       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Pensions in European economic and social governance: taxation issues

EURELPRO (The European Association of Retirement Schemes for Liberal Professions) and OSE decided to conduct joint research in the field of pensions, with a specific focus on new challenges for tax rules regarding pensions. There are indeed a number of recent developments and mid-term trends with a significant potential to affect the pension taxation : new taxes on financial activities in the form of a financial transaction tax (FTT) or a financial activities tax (FAT) have been proposed; the tax treatment of value-added in financial services is under examination; the revised fabric of economic governance in the European Union limiting fiscal space; and demographic developments affecting the size of tax base. The OSE team drafted a background note (FR/EN/IT) which was presented at a preparatory workshop on 26 November 2012. The note describes the context elements that need to be borne in mind when discussing the taxation of pensions in Europe. The note will be followed by a Working Paper addressing the main challenges to be faced in this field. The OSE will also be in charge of the scientific preparation of the international conference EURELPRO is organizing on 25 February 2013. 

OSE researchers involved in his project: Dalila Ghailani

Topics

Links

Pensions
Taxation
Governance
Eurelpro website 
European conference, February 2013
Documents
Pensions in European economic and social governance : Taxation issues
November 2012 (EN). Report
PDF
Les pensions dans la gouvernance économique et sociale européenne : les enjeux de la taxation
novembre 2012. Slides
PDF

        

    2011 - 2013       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

TIME–Translation Research Training: An integrated and inter-sectorial model for Europe

The European Social Observatory (OSE) has joined the four-year TIME project, an initial training network established with support from the European Commission. The TIME network aims to train doctoral translation studies researchers through cooperation between the academic and public/private sectors. Consequently, the network consists of four partners in academia and several associated partners in the public/private sector. The following institutions are the academic partners: KU Leuven, UniversitatRoviraiVirgili, University of Turku and Aston University. The OSE is one of several associated partners. The OSE’s contribution will include receiving three Marie Curie Action fellows who will work on the role of translation in matters such as access to health care, multimedia accessibility, linguistic rights and political discourse.

Topics

Links

Translation
Training network
TIME website
KU Leuven
Universitat Rovirai Virgili
University of Turku
Aston University

 

    2010 - 2013       | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

ECAB (Evaluating Care Across Borders)

The OSE is partners in the ECAB (Evaluating Care Across Borders) research project, funded by the European Commission under its 7th Framework Programme. The project, which started on the 1st of May, aims to examine aspects of safety, quality and continuity of care delivery patients need to be informed about when they examine whether to seek health care in another Member State.
 


The ECAB project will also look into existing cross border collaborations in the field of health care. Coordinated by the LSE Health, London, this project brings together 13 partner institutions from all over Europe. 
 
Within this project, the OSE is leading a research on cross-border medical prescriptions and is conducting in-depth research on cross border collaboration in the Belgian hospital of Dinant. The latter study includes a stakeholder analysis and an analysis of the treatment pathways of French parturient giving birth in Dinant.
 
OSE team members taking part in this project: Lorena San Miguel, Régine Kiasuwa, Dalila Ghailani, Rita Baeten.

Topics

Link

Health care sytems
Cross border care
Patient mobility
Medical prescriptions
Quality of care
ECAB Project Overview

        

 

    2012    | Project leader  : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations

Within the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations, the OSE was given by the Federal Social Security, the scientific supervision of the closing conference (27 November 2012) at the Belgian level, as well as preparatory hearings (September and October 2012) that should identify the topics most important. The objective is to propose a course of action and reflection for policy makers.

Topics

Links

Social Inclusion
Active Aging
Inter-generational Solidarity
SPF Sécurité sociale - FR - NL 
L'année européenne
BE Active 2012
Eurobaromètre (PDF)
AGE Platform

Documents

Note préparatoire pour l'Atelier « Situation de bien-être »  PDF
David Natali,  November 2012
"Situation de bien-être" en Belgique : Slides  PDF
David Natali, 27 November 2012

        

 

    2012    | Project leader  : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Evaluating the European sectoral social dialogue and the impact of austerity on collective bargaining in the public services

The OSE is starting a new research project for the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU). The aim of this contract is to analyse the questionnaire responses provided by EPSU afiliates, and to undertake interviews as part of an in-depth evaluation of the sectoral social dialogue in the public services (incl. central and local administrations, hospitals, gas and electricity). Ramón Peña-Casas presented preliminary results at EPSU’s Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining conference on 13 & 14 December 2012.
 
OSE researchers involved in the project: Ramón Peña-Casas and Dalila Ghailani.

Topics

Links

Publics services
Sectoral social dialogue
EPSU website
EPSU’s Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining Conference (PDF)
Document
Evaluation of European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Public Services 
Preliminary Results of the General Web Survey
Ramón Peña-Casas, December 2012  
Slides (PDF)

  

    2012       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Gaps in terms of quality of work and employment between « old » and « new » EU Member states

The OSE and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) decided to conduct joint research about the significant variations in quality of work and employment (QWE) between clusters of countries, representing the dichotomy between ‘old’ and ‘new’ EU Member States but also the diversity of welfare and employment regimes within the EU. Using the 5th European Working Conditions Survey, indexes of QWE are built around six main dimensions: socio-economic security, training and learning jobs, health and safety, work organisation, working time, rights and equity. The results will be published by the ETUI in French and English.
 
The preliminary results of the research have been presented at an EU level conference organised by ETUI on “Working conditions surveys: convergence and divergences” in Brussels the 26th and 27th of March 2012.

Topics

Links

Quality of work
Working conditions surveys
Web site of the 26-27 March conference, including the presentations

 

    2012    | Project leader  : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

International Digest – Belgian Review for Social Security

The OSE was awarded a contract with the Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security with a view to writing an “international digest” for the quarterly Belgian Review for Social Security (RBSS/BTSZ). The digest will 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.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Cécile Barbier

Topics

Links

Social security
Social inclusion
International
Belgian Review for Social Security
Federal Public Service Social Security

 

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Working for Equity in Health: Developing Evidence for Country Strategies on Health Inequalities on Work, Worklessness and Social Protection - an assets based approach

The European Social Observatory (OSE) took part in the project “Working for Equity in Health” whose objective is to identify and understand to what extent unemployment and social protection are determinants of health inequality, in Member States. The project, funded by the European Commission, included 25 organisations from 12 Member States; it was coordinated by HAPI (Health Action Partnership International) for a period of 24 months.

The research provided elements for the assessment of the relationship between employment and health: identified the practices which lead to health inequalities; proposed a future scenario for this relationship; realized a case study in two Member States; and developed an expert network. In this PROGRESS-funded project, Régine Kiasuwa and Bart Vanhercke co-authored, with Linden Farrer and Stecy Yghemonos from EuroHealthNet, a Discussion Paper. The latter was used as the background document for an Expert Forum on Macro Drivers of Health Equity (Brussels, 19-20 January 2012).

OSE team members that worked on this project: Régine Kiasuwa and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Key documents and links

Health inequalities
Work & worklessness
Social protection
Drivers of health inequalities
Macro Drivers of Health Equity: Discussion Paper for the Expert Forum (PDF)
The Equity Channel – website especially devoted to social determinants for health

  

 

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

National Project 

  
   

Practices of Belgian Public Centres for Social Action related to the social integration of migrants

The OSE, along with the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA, KULeuven), conducted a research project aimed at exploring the practices of Belgian Public Centres for Social Action (PCSA), whose work is related to the social integration of first and second-generation migrants. The research investigated the practices of PCSAs, the partnerships that are mobilised and the interaction with other (social) policy strands. The project combined the findings of a web survey of the 587 Belgian PCSAs with more in-depth case studies. This project was financed by the Belgian Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration (SPP Intégration sociale).

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

Topics

Links

Poverty
Migrants
Social integration
Social inclusion
Social services
Minimum income
Belgium
HIVA, KULeuven
Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration
Documents
Activités des CPAS belges en faveur de l’intégration sociale des migrants: Une étude exploratoire HIVA-KUL et OSE
Final Report (PDF) FR - NL
Executive Summary (PDF) FR - NL - EN - DE
Slides (in French) PDF

 

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Assessment of progress towards the Europe 2020 objectives

The European Social Observatory has been asked to draft, in collaboration with Ides Nicaise from the Higher Institute for Labour Studies (HIVA, KU Leuven), an assessment of the extent to which the measures proposed in the Belgian National Reform Programmes (NRP) are ensuring progress towards the Europe 2020’s social inclusion objectives and target. The report will be an input into the preparation of the analysis of the NRPs that should lead to the adoption of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) in the scope of Guideline 10 and in line with the provisions of article 148 of the Treaty and to the assessment of the National Social Reports (NSRs). The work is done on behalf of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion.

Topics

Key documents and links

Social inclusion
Europe 2020
EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke - David Natali

Project/EU Network

  
   

Social developments in the European Union 2011

The OSE has been contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research with a view to publishing a book on the “Social developments in the European Union 2011”. Apart from the OSE researchers, the 12th edition of this publication figures authors such as Giuliano Amato and Yves Mény (on the paradoxes around EU institutional developments in 2011), Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle (on the Eurozone’s fitful search for better economic governance) as well as Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet (on the worrying trends in the new European governance). In the concluding chapter David Natali looks forward and puts the question whether the European Social Model really has gone.

With a look into such varied field of enquiries as the role of structural funds in austerity (Marjorie Jouen), taking stock of European social dialogue (Christophe Degryse and Stefan Clauwaert), Europe 2020 and the fight against poverty and social exclusion (Ramón Peña-Casas), health care policies (Rita Baeten and Sarah Thomson) and an overview of key judgments delivered by the Court of Justice (Dalila Ghailani), the contributors to this research project present a thorough analysis of the main social developments that took place in Europe during the year 2011.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Rita Baeten, Cécile Barber, Dalila Ghailani and Ramón Peña-Casas

Topics

Link

European social model
Institutional developments
Economic crisis
Governance
Social dialogue
Cohesion policy
Health care
CJEU
Executive Summary (PDF)
ETUI website

 

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Italian Journal of Social Policy

The OSE was awarded a contract with publishing house EDIESSE, which publishes la Rivista delle Politiche Sociali (Journal of social policy), an Italian journal dedicated to being a reference point for debate, perspectives and analyses on welfare issues, to conduct research on the social developments in the European Union. The OSE will summarise, four times a year, the result of this research into a Digest (‘Osservatorio Europa’) for the journal. Research topics include a follow up on EU initiatives in a variety of fields and will highlight the degree to which ‘social policies’ (taken large) are being Europeanised. 

Researcher involved with the project: Cécile Barbier.

Topics

Economic governance and Europe 2020 
Employment, education, health and social policies
Institutional matters 
La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali

 

    2011 - 2012       | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network

  
   

Europeanisation of health care policies

At the request of the European Public Services Union (EPSU), the OSE is carrying out a study on the Europeanisation of health care policies and its impact on health care systems, workers and patients. The study’s aim is to understand how national health policies, health care systems and the health care workforce are impacted by the European Union’s policies and law on the exercise of the fundamental freedoms of the internal market. 

Topics

Health care policies
Internal market
Health care workforce

 

    2010 - 2012       | Project leader: Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network

  
   

Mutual learning in the context of Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion Programme

The Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) and the European Social Observatory (OSE) wrapped up the European Commission-funded assessment of the PROGRESS Peer Reviews in Social Protection and Social Inclusion. OSE and PPMI researchers worked closely together with a range of EU experts, such as Volker Busch-Geertsema (Association for innovative Social Research and Social Planning in Bremen, GISS ), Mary Daly (Queen's University Belfast), Romana Careja (Köln University), Freek Spinnewijn (FEANTSA) and Timo Weishaupt (University of Mannheim). Together, they worked towards a better understanding of the role the Peer Review Programme has played in stimulating innovation and policy learning in social inclusion and social protection policies across the EU. 

The final report reveals that Peer Reviews sometimes entail ‘mirror’ effects and lead to reversing “tutor” and “learner” roles. Peer Reviews sometimes provide legitimation for the reviewed programme and move certain problems higher on the (EU/domestic) agenda. The report provides policy recommendations which should help to improve the Peer Review process in the future. The analysis consisted of four main tasks:
 
A systematic overview and mapping of the 58 Peer Reviews conducted between 2004 and 2010;
Study of the contribution of the Peer Reviews to ‘consensus framing’ through a systematic analysis of the messages coming out of the reviews;
Follow-up of the Peer Reviews on a particular policy or project in the host country, focusing on 10 selected Peer Reviews: United Kingdom (the Rough Sleepers Unit and the Sure Start Progamme), Czech Republic (Neighbourhoods Threatened by Social Exclusion), Belgium (Minimum Income), Spain (Combat Discrimination), Ireland (NAPInclusion Social Inclusion Forum), Sweden (Freedom of Choice and Dignity for the Elderly), Slovakia (Social Impact Assessment), Norway (Active Inclusion) and Germany (Quality Long-term Care);
Study of the extent to which, under what circumstances, from whom and by whom learning has taken place during those Peer Reviews.

OSE team members included in this project: Dalila Ghailani, Régine Kiasuwa, David Natali, Ramón Peña-Casas and Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Documents

Social Protection
Social Inclusion 
Peer Review
Social OMC
Mutual learning
Final Report : Executive Summary PDF
Host Country Assessement: Synthesis Report PDF
Peer Country Assessement: Synthesis Report PDF
Policy Recommendations PDF  
Slides Social Protection Committee PDF
Links
The Public Policy and Management Institute PPMI
Official website of the Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion 

 

    2011      | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Promoting Social Inclusion of Roma

Ramon Peña-Casas and Dalila Ghailani have been asked to draft, in collaboration with Ides Nicaise from the Higher Institute for Labour Studies (HIVA, KU Leuven ), the Belgian report on “Promoting Social Inclusion of Roma”. This research, part of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, contributes to following up the 2011 Communication on an EU framework for National Roma Integration Strategies.

OSE researchers involved in this project: Dalila Ghailani

Topics

Links

Roma
Social inclusion
EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion
Communication of the Commission  EN | FR

 

    2010 - 2011       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Scope of the co-ordination system in the pension field

The OSE has delivered the final report of the research project on the ‘Scope of the co-ordination system in the pension field’. The projects aimed at providing a state of the art of the EU legal framework for the coordination of social security schemes and the portability of supplementary pension rights, the major challenges it deals with, and the most effective strategy to face the risk of legislation gaps.

With such a view, the project provides an in-depth study of the effects of the financial crisis on the public-private mix and future developments on public, private or hybrid schemes. The research project brings together the expertise from the OSE, the University of Milan (Maurizio Ferrera, Matteo Jessoula) and the European University Institute in Florence (Igor Guardiancich). 

In the final report the review of EU legislation (Regulation 883/2004 in particular) is paralleled by a systematic review of the more technical problems of pension systems' monitoring and classification in EU countries. The report concludes with a synoptic table for the revision of EU legislation and the reinforcement of pension protection across the EU.

OSE team members taking part in this project: David Natali and Dalila Ghailani.

Topics

Key document

Co-ordination 
Supplementary pensions
Supplementary pensions
Final Report (PDF)

 

    2010 - 2011       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The Development of Supplementary pensions in Europe

The OSE has moved forward with the research on "The Development of Supplementary pensions in Europe" for the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). The second and final workshop was held in Brussels on 27-28 October 2011.

The key research questions that are being be addressed are: 
(1) what is the renewed pension mix in European countries; 
(2) what are the main socio-economic tensions for the 21st century pension mix; 
(3) how do pension schemes (especially supplementary funds) face socioeconomic challenges; 
(4) what is the prospect for solidarity and redistribution in pension policy;
(5) what is the present and future role for the state and social partners in the new multi-pillar and multi-level pension policy arena

The final outcome of this research will consist of a book (to be published in the first half of 2012) with the working-title “The new pension mix: supplementary pensions in Europe”. It will contain about 10 chapters, where off half should discuss country-specific developments, and the other half horizontal chapters discussing European trends, similarities and differences.

Topics

Supplementary pensions
Solidarity
Social partners

 

    2006 - 2011       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

European Network of Excellence: Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe (RECWOWE) 

The OSE has been an active member of RECWOWE since the creation of this Network of Excellence. Funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme for research, RECWOWE aims at overcoming the fragmentation of European research on issues related to work and welfare.
 

The main objective is to identify tensions between work and welfare across Europe and to come forward with strategies to resolve or successfully manage those tensions. RECWOWE brings together 30 partner institutions from all over Europe. Several hundred researchers work together on particular aspects of the relationship between work and welfare. 

OSE team members take part in numerous activities of the network. Dalila Ghailani and Ramón Peña-Casas took part in a research project on job quality that resulted in the publication of a book in English (‘Quality of Work in the European Union: Concepts, Data and Debates from a Transnational Perspective’) and in Spanish (‘Calidad del Trabajo en la Union Europea. Concepto, Tensiones, Dimensiones’). 

Together with Anna Safuta, they also contributed to a book on in-work poverty in Europe that will be co-edited by Ramón (together with Rodolfo Gutiérrez from the University of Oviedo and Neil Fraser from the University of Edinburgh). Dalila and Ramón are also taking part in the RECWOWE task investigating job quality from a legal perspective. Ramón (co-)authored two RECWOWE Working Papers: ‘
More and Better Jobs’ and ‘Earnings Inequality and In-Work Poverty’. David Natali is involved in the RECWOWE research strand on the tensions between flexibility and security. 

In the framework of the dialogue and dissemination activities of the RECWOWE Publication, Dissemination and Dialogue Centre (PUDIACwowe), the OSE regularly organises ‘exchange meetings’ - public debates open to external participants (decision makers, social partners, NGO representatives and other stakeholders) - and is in charge of the network’s
newsletter.

OSE team members taking part in this project: Dalila Ghailani, David Natali, Ramón Peña-Casas, Anna Safuta, Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Links

Employment
Welfare
Job Quality
In-work poverty
The RECWOWE Web site |

 

    2010       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Preventing Social Exclusion through Europe 2020: Early Childhood Development and the Inclusion of Roma Families

The OSE has been closely involved in the scientific preparation of the 4th European Roma Platform which took place on 13 December 2010, in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the EU. At the request of the Belgian Secretary of State for Social Integration and Combatting Poverty (Philippe Courard), Romana Careja and Bart Vanhercke, together with several experts from UNICEF, drafted a Discussion Paper on “Preventing Social Exclusion through Europe 2020: Early Childhood Development and the Inclusion of Roma Families”. 
 
The paper starts from the confronting finding that while the EU provides for a range of policy instruments (legislation, policy coordination and funding) that can be activated to promote the social inclusion of Roma, there is widespread agreement that the benefits of domestic and EU initiatives have not touched poor Roma communities in any significant way.
 
The paper points to the discrepancy between political discourse regarding the Roma and the reality “on the ground”, describes Roma exclusion from a child development perspective, explains why Roma families and children should receive special attention and support, and provides a snapshot of what has been done/tried (with mixed results) with regard to early childhood services for Roma children. 
 
The final sections present ways forward at the EU and domestic level in the form of policy recommendations that link the Roma issue to, amongst others, the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Topics

 Links

Roma
Early Childhood Development
Social Inclusion
Policy recommendations
Europe 2020
Preventing Social Exclusion through the Europe 2020 Strategy: Early Childhood Development and the Inclusion of Roma Families UNICEF and OSE Discussion Paper  (4Mb)
Agenda 4th European Roma Platform
Roma Education Fund
The Open Society Institute 
UNICEF

 

    2010 - 2011       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Social Protection Committee: ad hoc Group on the future of the Social OMC

The OSE was awarded a contract to facilitate the work of the ad hoc Group of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) on the adaptation of the Social OMC to the Europe 2020 Strategy. In this context, the OSE has written several contributions which identify the main issues at stake, suggest questions for debate and provide a draft of the Discussion Paper that the ad hoc Group is presenting to the SPC. The deliverables also served as a basis for the SPC Opinion on “Reinvigorating the Social OMC in the Context of the Europe 2020 Strategy”.

Topics

Links

Open Method of Coordination
Social Protection Committee
Europe 2020 Strategy
Mandate of the SPC ad hoc group
Opinion of the SPC

 

    2009 - 2010       | Project leader : David Natali

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The Social Dimension in the Lisbon Strategy: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives (project “EU2020”)

The European Social Observatory (OSE) coordinates a new research on the social dimension of the Lisbon Strategy. In order to prepare for the Belgian Presidency of the EUin 2010, the Belgian Social Affairs Cabinet asked the OSE and the Center for Sociological research (CeSO) of the KULeuven to focus on two questions. First, to what extent did the Lisbon Strategy succeed in ‘balancing’ the three objectives of job creation, growth and social progress? Second, has the open method of coordination (OMC) been “effective” in pursuing its ambitious goals?

This research will result in concrete policy recommendations, aimed at feeding the political debate during the Belgian Presidency of the EU as well as at the high-level Conference on the Open Method of Coordination on Social Protection and Social Inclusion scheduled mid September 2010. Policy recommendations will address shortcomings of the social dimension of the Lisbon Strategy in the context of the current economic crisis and negotiations of the future EU2020 Strategy, while outlining improvements of the social OMC, both at EU level and in its day-to-day functioning in (decentralized) Belgium.

OSE team members taking part in this project: Cécile Barbier, Dalila Ghailani, David Natali, Anna Safuta, Bart Vanhercke.

Topics

Key document

Lisbon Strategy
Open Method of Coordination
Social inclusion
Pensions 
Health
The Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020 and the crisis in between 

Links

Centre for Sociological research (CeSO) of the KULeuven, Belgium 
EU 2020 strategy   
Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security

 

    2009 - 2010       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Ensuring an Adequate Pension in a European Context

The European Social Observatory has launched research on "Ensuring an Adequate Pension in a European Context". The aim of the research is twofold: inform decisionmakers about the social consequences of recent reforms in the pension systems of 'old', 'new' and future EU Members States; and shed light on the impact of EU initiatives (OMC, legislation) in the field of pensions on domestic systems.
 


 The research, which resulted from a tendering procedure by the DG Strategy and Research of the Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security, will feed into the preparation of the upcoming Belgian Presidency of the EU (second half 2010). The OSE is working closely together with the Vienna-based European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, which focuses on developing indicators for the measurement of social adequacy of pensions.

Topics

Key documents

Europeanisation
Pensions
Social adequacy
Country Reports :
DK | FR | DE | HU | IT | PL | SI | SE | NL | UK | (PDF)
Article : "Against the odds. The Open Method of Coordination as a selective amplifier for reforming Belgian pension policies". PDF |

Websites

Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

 

    2008 - 2010       | Responsable : Cécile Barbier

National Project 

  
   

FEC Project

Within the framework of agreements concluded with the FEC (Formation Education Culture Asbl) in 2008 and 2009, the European Social Observatory has produced several fact sheets on the EU and its main social challenges. In 2010, the Observatory likewise participated in various trade-union training courses dealing with Europe. Furthermore, the OSE conducted a report (Cahiers FEC) on European taxation.

Key topics

Key documents

Institutionnal issues
Social stakes of the European integration
Fact Sheets (In French) LINK |
Cahiers FEC : Fiscalité européenne : harmonisation, coordination, dumping fiscal ou coopération renforcée ?
Barbier, C., décembre 2010.
PDF |
FEC website : LINK

 

    2007 - 2010       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

CAPRIGHT – Resources, Rights and Capabilities: in search of social foundation for Europe

CAPRIGHT is a European research work funded by the European Commission (DG research, under the Sixth Framework Programme - FP6) and coordinated by Nancy University/CNRS. It aims at the promotion of individual and collective capabilities, studying the relations between labour markets, employment and welfare regimes: the objective of CAPRIGHT is to build an innovative theoretical framework offering a basis for new understandings of these relations.

 

CAPRIGHT takes its origins from the former EUROCAP project and integrates two approaches: one addresses resource regimes (RESORE), the other inequalities in capabilities, developed from the work of Amartya Sen (EUROCAP). Combining these approaches, the priority is to allow every person, wherever they live and work, to develop their own future with the resources that are available to them.
 
The European Social Observatory took part in the former EUROCAP network and has been a member of CAPRIGHT since its creation. The OSE was involved in Work Package 5 – “Social dialogue, rights and capabilities - New insights on the European public action”. The aim was to evaluate to what extent the palette of European instruments (fundamental rights, legislation, open method of coordination and other soft methods) took into account the development of collective capabilities in the context of the European Social Dialogue. The general concern of Work Package 5 combined three different objectives and specific outputs: the realization of case studies (with a special focus on capabilities for voice during restructuring events), flexicurity and social dialogue, and the construction of a theoretical approach to social and civil dialogue in Europe. Ramón Peña-Casas, Paolo Ballerini and Romana Careja were engaged in the writing of a transversal report that summarizes and reconnects the main findings emerging from the country case studies. 

OSE team members involved in this project: Ramón Peña-Casas, Paolo Ballerini and Romana Careja

Topics

Links

Social dialogue
Restructuring
Welfare and employment
European social policies
The CAPRIGHT Web site |
Policy Report (PDF)
What reform for social European policies? Towards full employment based on a politics of work-and-life capability development

 

    2009     | Project leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

PROMeTHEUS – Health Professional Mobility in The European Union Study

The PROMeTHEUS research project aims to address the scarcity of data and overall information on the mobility of health professionals in, to and from Europe. The project investigates the scale, relevance, and directions of health professional mobility, the reasons behind it, its possible implications, and the tools most adequate to respond to it. This project, funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, is led by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 
As the country correspondent for Belgium, the OSE is in charge of collecting data and writing a detailed case study on health professional mobility from and to Belgium.OSE team members taking part in this project: Anna Safuta and Rita Baeten.

More information on the
website of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Topics

Key documents

Health professional mobility
Health care 
Health Professional Mobility and Health Systems, Evidence from 17 European countries
M. Wismar, et al.(eds) (2011) 
Publication

 

    2006 - 2009       | Project leader : Bart Vanhercke

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Research project: European tools for social policy in Belgium (ETOS.be) 

The European tools for social policy in Belgium (ETOS.be) research 
project, funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, 
brings together six Belgian, French and Dutch research teams, made 
up of political scientists, lawyers and sociologists. This study 
focuses on the impact of EU-level governance on the Belgian 
welfare state over the last decades. It looks in particular at the 
differentiated effects of three EU policy instruments (European 
law, the European Social Fund and new modes of governance (OMC) on 
three different policy fields: gender equality, social inclusion 
and employment. Even though most of the research resources were 
focused on Belgium, analysis of the Europeanisation of French and 
Dutch social policies was undertaken to put the main findings on 
Belgium into a comparative perspective and to capture 
Europeanisation as a circular process of uploading (shaping) and 
downloading (taking) between the domestic and EU levels.
ETOS.be research partners: 
Amsterdams Instituut voor ArbeidsStudies (Universiteit van Amsterdam)  
Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po (Sciences Po Paris) 
Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek (KULeuven) 
Centre de recherche en science politique (Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis) 
Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche Travail, État et Société (Université catholique de Louvain) 

Topics

Site web

Europeanisation
Employment
Social inclusion
Gender
Key ETOS.be publications  PDF |
Executive summary  PDF |
Key Policy Recommendations PDF |
Rapport final ETOS.be  PDF |

The Book

L’Europe en Belgique, la Belgique dans l’Europe. Configuration et appropriation des politiques sociales. 
Vanhercke, B., Verschraegen, G., Van Gehuchten, P-P. and Vanderborght, Y. (Eds.) (2011) Academia Press, série: Société et Avenir, Gent, 231 p.
 
 
Folder FR | NL        More info on the Publisher Website

Web sites

ETOS.be (Federal Science Policy Office web site)
Society and Future Research Programme (Federal Science Policy Office web site)

 

    2007 - 2008       | Project leader: Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Convergence and divergence of working conditions in Europe: 1990–2005

This report was produced for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions as part of the secondary analysis of the latest European Working Conditions Survey. The first part reviews existing literature on the divergence/convergence of European countries’ social models (clusters, varieties of capitalism, etc.). The second part comprises a statistical analysis of the data of the five European Working Conditions Surveys carried out by the Dublin Foundation between 1990 and 2005. 27 European countries are analysed. Possible convergences/divergences in working conditions in the different European countries over this time are highlighted, with a view to ascertaining whether a relative improvement in, or on the contrary a worsening of the quality of employment in Europe can be noted over the last 15 years.

The final report was published by the Foundation
in 2009.

Topic

Documents and link

Employment
Report EN
Executive Sumary EN | FR
Eurofound 

 

    2007 - 2008       | Project leader : Dalila Ghailani

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Pathways to Work: Current Practices and Future Needs for the Labour Market Integration of Young People. Project YOUTH: Young People in Occupations and Unemployment: Thinking of their better integration in the labour market.

In 2008, as part of the European project YOUTH coordinated by CESOS, the OSE focused on the issue of the integration of young persons into the labour market in Belgium. The aim of the project was to provide a complete overview of current practices in the integration of young persons in the 27 EU countries and to identify possible best practices. The analysis was both qualitative and quantitative. Various experts participated in drawing up the national studies. The OSE drafted the national report for Belgium.

Topic

Key documents

Employment
Project website : HTML |

 

    2006 - 2008       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Anticipating for an Innovative Management of Restructuring in Europe (AgirE) 

Bringing together academics and practitioners in the area of company restructuring from several European countries, the AgirE project aimed to provide a theoretical framework for reflection on restructuring in Europe based on a pooling of knowledge gained from academic articles and about thirty detailed case studies. The AgirE project had 3 basic objectives: to draw up a typology of restructuring processes; to strengthen the capacity of players to anticipate and manage restructuring; and to promote new methods of regulation at Community level. On the basis of these three objectives, an approach was developed that focuses on the diversity of the players in order to characterise the restructuring in question (typology), as well as to analyse the way in which the players anticipated and managed the restructuring, ultimately with a view to the promotion of new regulatory methods at Community level.
An international conference was held at the end of the project to present the final report.

For this project, the OSE produced two documents on the issue of anticipating change in the framework of the European Employment Strategy and the establishment of adaptation mechanisms at European level (see publications). The OSE team - Ramón Peña-Casas in cooperation with Philippe Pochet and Dalila Ghailani also drafted the chapter of the final report concerning European restructuring policies and carried out the final evaluation of the project. 

Topic

Key documents

Restructuring 
Industrial changes
Final report (4 parts)

Introduction : EN | FR Annexes : EN | FR
Part 1 : EN | FR Summary : EN | FR
Part 2 : EN | FR Conférence : PROGRAMME |
Projet Web site : HTML |

 

     2006 - 2008       | Responsable : Rita Baeten

National Project 

  
   

Health Systems Governance in Europe : the Role of EU Law and Policy

This project aims to provide an in depth and multidisciplinary analysis of the impact of European law and policies on national healthcare systems and their social character. It resulted in a book and a conference where the main findings were presented.

Thèmes concernés

Documents clefs

Protection sociale
Soins de santé
Health Systems Governance in Europe: the Role of EU Law and Policy
Mossialos, E., Permanand, G., Baeten, R., Hervey, T. (eds.) (2010), Cambridge University Press.
LINK |
Site web du projet : LINK |

 

     2004 - 2008       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Scientific and Political Support for the European Network RETIS (Transnational European Network on Social Inclusion) 

RETIS is a European network composed of some fifty European regions, cities and local authorities dealing with the issues of poverty and social exclusion. The objective of the network is to complement and enrich the process initiated at national and European levels through the social inclusion open method of coordination by developing a sort of open method of regional/local coordination with its members, this being the level at which most policies are effectively implemented in the fight against poverty.
 
The OSE has played a steering role in the RETIS network through the provision of:

Policy expertise on European social policies on which to base the policy guidelines of the network;
Technical expertise on employment and social inclusion indicators, steering the technical group on indicators;
Training for the members of the network in different situations and issues of European social policies, in particular their regional and local aspects. This task was performed by producing various types of documents (background notes, reports) as well as by regular interventions during the network’s seminars and congresses.

Topic

Key documents

Social Inclusion
Project website : HTML |

 

    2006 - 2007       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Minimum Social Standards across Europe 

This project, carried out by EAPN Ireland had the aim of considering the usefulness and feasibility of setting minimum social standards in the European Union. Continual exchanges have taken place between the different national partners on the existing standards at the national and regional levels and the issues and difficulties linked to the adoption of common standards at European level. 
The OSE was responsible for the academic support for the reflection and produced two documents on the issue of social standards at European level as well as a comparative study of the guaranteed minimum income schemes in the European Union. 

Topic

Key documents

Social inclusion
Final report in various languages and summaries : HTML |
Documents produced by the OSE :
Setting Minimum Social Standards at EU Level: Main Issues : EN |
Minimum Income Schemes in an Enlarged EU : EN |
Project website : HTML |

 

    2006 - 2007       | Project leader: Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Observation, Analysis and Support for Social Inclusion (OASI) 

The aim of this project was to exchange practices both on the role played by local and regional observatories in the fight against poverty and social exclusion as well as on their contribution to the European Social Inclusion OMC. The practices considered included instruments as well as types of organisation and the functioning of numerous local or regional observatories linked to different types of stakeholders (local or regional authorities, 
NGOs, foundations, trade unions, etc.). The aim was also to establish a network of local experiences based on observation, analysis and support.

The role of the OSE in this project was to provide a theoretical and conceptual framework for the issue of poverty and social exclusion observatories in relation to the European context (inclusion OMC), to create the necessary tools for the follow-up and evaluation of the project, as well as its realisation. 

Topic

Key documents

Social inclusion
Final Report : FR |
Final Report : EN |
Project website : HTML

 

    2004 - 2007       | Projet leader : Rita Baeten

Project/EU Network 

  
   

’Europe for Patients’

The OSE was a partner in the international project ’Europe for Patients’, a policy-oriented research project on patient mobility, which was financed by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme for Research of DG Research.


Visit
Europe for Patients website
Patient Mobility in the European Union, Learning from Experience
 

DOWNLOAD  the Book (PDF) 

Topics

Patient mobility
Cross border care
Hospital cooperation
Health care
European Court of Justice

Key documents

A Literature Review of Cross-Border Patient Mobility in the European Union
Irene A. Glinos and R. Baeten, Observatoire social européen, September 2006

Document EN
Contracting Cross-Border Care in Belgian Hospitals : An Analysis of Belgian, Dutch and English Stakeholder Perspectives
Irene A. Glinos, N. Boffin, R. Baeten, Observatoire social européen, 2005
Executive summary
  EN | FR | NL   |    complete report
Dutch Patients Evaluate Contracted Care in Belgian Hospitals: Results of a Mail Survey
N. Boffin, R. Baeten, Observatoire social européen, 2005
Executive summary  EN | FR | NL    |    complete report

 

    2005 - 2006       | Project leaders: Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

The Social Partners' Groundwork on Innovation – Putting the Spotlight on EQUAL's Achievements

This project was carried out in cooperation with the economic and social law department of the Université Catholique de Louvain. A conference entitled “The Social Partners' Groundwork on Innovation - Putting the Spotlight on EQUAL's Achievements” was prepared with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities which took place on 30 May 2006. It brought together some 220 participants including a majority of sectoral and cross-industry social partners, academic experts in the field of social dialogue and industrial relations and Commission representatives. Four topics had been identified which interlace the European social partners' work and the areas in which social partners in the field had coordinated EQUAL projects: adaptation to change, equal opportunities between women and men, active ageing and the employability of vulnerable groups.

The OSE produced a group of topical fact sheets, a background report on the contribution of EQUAL to adaptation to change and restructuring, as well as the final evaluation of the conference.

Topics

Key documents

Restructuring – industrial changes
Employment
Social dialogue
Conference report : EN | FR
Project website : HTML |
Conference website (including links to the programmes and various preparatory documents)

 

    2004       | Project leader: Dalila Ghailani

National Project 

  
   

The Posting of Workers on the Belgian, French and British Territories, and the Salary Split

In 2004, at the behest of the EURESCHANNEL network, the OSE carried out a study on the posting of workers covering the three abovementioned Member States. This study aimed to be both theoretical and practical. The first part provides an overview of the principles applicable to the posting of workers under Community law. The second illustrates the scale of this phenomenon in the three Member States concerned and more specifically examines in detail whether the cross-border regions of Hainaut, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, West Flanders and Kent can be identified as regions that are particularly concerned by posting. The OSE also examined on this occasion the issue of the "salary split" and produced a report on the reasons for as well as the functioning and consequences of the use of such a mechanism.

Key topics

Key documents

Employment
Final reports

 

    2002 - 2004       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

National Project 

  
   

The Working Poor in the EU - a Literature Review

The objective of this project, carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, was to better define the emerging phenomenon of the working poor in Europe, which represents a complex challenge for European societies. The existing literature was reviewed in order to conceptually identify the issue and to highlight the complex links between employment and social protection, as well as to quantify the incidence and characteristics of the phenomenon both at individual and household level, and identify the policy responses to working poverty.

The final report was published by the Foundation and presented during an international seminar held in Brussels on 1 and 2 July 2004. 

Topics

Key documents

Employment
Social inclusion
Social protection
Report "Working Poor in the EU" : HTML |
Infirlation sheet : EN | FR
Seminar report : EN |

 

    2002 - 2003       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

National Project 

  
   

Another Approach to Poverty Indicators – Research Action Training

The aim of this project was to discuss the relevance and the fine-tuning of "participatory" indicators on poverty and social exclusion in Belgium, in other terms the indicators resulting from a "knowledge crossroads" process bringing together the partner associations of the General Report on Poverty, representatives of administrations and scientists as well as persons living in poverty and social exclusion. The aim of this project was to define the indicators, or at least fields of information which reflect as closely as possible the difficulties and concerns of persons living in poverty and social exclusion. The OSE was the French-speaking scientific representative within the project.

Key topics

Key documents

Social inclusion
Final report (in French and Dutch), as well as summaries (French, Dutch, English, German) are available at the following address : HTML |

 

    2000 - 2002       | Project leader : Rita Baeten

National Project 

  
   

European Integration and National Health Care Systems: A Challenge for Social Policy

The organisation of a conference on behalf of the Belgian presidency and the publication of two books on the impact of European integration on health care.

Topics

Key documents

Social protection
Health care
The Impact of EU Law on Health Care Systems
Martin McKee, Elias Mossialos, Rita Baeten (eds.)
 P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2002, 314 pp
.   HTML |
EU Law and the Social Character of Health Care
Elias Mossialos & Martin McKee
in collaboration with Beatrix Carl, Willy Palm & Franz Marhold
P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2002, 259 pp.
   HTML |
Project website : HTML |

 

    2001       | Project leader : Ramón Peña-Casas

Project/EU Network 

  
   

Belgian Presidency Conference "Towards a better Quality of Employment"

The OSE organised the intellectual and logistical aspects of a major international conference entitled "Towards a better Quality of Employment" for the Belgian Presidency of the EU and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions which was held on 20 and 21 September 2001.
The OSE also contributed to the working group set up by the Foundation on the definition of a conceptual framework on the quality of employment in Europe and on indicators.

Topic

Key documents

Employment
Report : EN |  FR

 

    2000       | Project leader Ramón Peña-Casas

National Project 

  
   

Concerted Strategy on Social Protection (Strategy 2000)

This project, which was carried out for the Belgian Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Health and the Environment, has several parts:

Social Issues of EMU: two summary papers were produced within the framework of our remit to monitor the social consequences of EMU;
EU enlargement: an international conference was organised on the topic of "new governance and the social dimension of enlargement" which took place at the European Parliament on 18 October 2000. This conference analysed the social issues, in particular social exclusion and pensions. The OSE has also prepared a special edition of the Belgian Social Security Review (in French, Dutch and English) which takes up the conference topics;
Benchmarking: In light of the Belgian presidency of the EU, the OSE undertook reflection on the use of benchmarking in the social arena. A working seminar was held at the ULB on 12 July 2000 and two detailed reports were produced on the monetary and non-monetary poverty and social exclusion indicators from a European perspective as well as on the indicators of national action plans in the flight against poverty and social exclusion from a comparative perspective (see publications).

Key topics

Key documents

Social inclusion
Institutional issues and governance
Social inclusion
Monetary and non-monetary poverty and social exclusion indicators from a European perspective
National action plans’ indicators in the fight against poverty and social exclusion from a comparative perspective
Special edition RBSS : HTML |  

 

 
   
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