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22 November 2016 - Prowelfare Final Conference - Brussels

Researchers, policymakers and stakeholders will discuss the changing role of social partners in the provision of ‘contractual welfare’. Keynote speakers include Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Maarten Keune, Emmanuele Pavolini and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser.


  Just published

Retirement regimes for workers in arduous or hazardous jobs

The European Commission just released a report on ‘Retirement regimes for workers in arduous or hazardous jobs. A study of national policies’. The report was written by David Natali, Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke in the context of the European Social Policy Network (
ESPN). It draws on the national contributions prepared by the 35 ESPN Country Teams. 


  European Health Care News

The new edition of the 'European Health Care News' newsletter is available: it provides an overview of EU-level developments relevant to national health care systems, with links to official documents, policy developments and case law. 
The newsletter is a vailable in English, French and Dutch.


  Roundtable Discussion - 31 August 2016

Occupational Welfare Trends in Austria and Germany: Focus on Pensions

PROWELFARE researchers as well as national and European stakeholders and policymakers discuss the contribution of social dialogue to welfare state developments in EU Member States. The Roundtable addresses the divergent trajectories of occupational pensions in Austria and Germany.


Work-life balance measures for persons of working age with dependent relatives in Europe. A study of national policies.
Bouget D., Spasova S. and Vanhercke B. (2016)

This new European Social Policiy Network (ESPN) report is concerned with some of the key questions that arise regarding (a) the work-life balance of working-age people - mostly women - who care for disabled and chronically ill dependent relatives; (b) facilitating the employment of carers; and (c) maintaining the well-being of the carers and their families. The Synthesis Report demonstrates the diversity of policy approaches in Europe regarding work-life balance, which remains a complex and problematic issue rarely recognised as such.



  OSE Lunchtime Session

Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion and the European Pillar of Social Rights

Drawing on comparative analyses about social policy design, institutional frameworks and delivery practices, this seminar (20 June 2016) with Bjørn Hvinden (NOVA) and Freek Spinnewijn (FEANTSA) discussed methods to effectively combat poverty and social exclusion, in view of the ongoing consultation about the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Brexit debate.

  OSE-ETUI Joint Workshop

Constructing social policy indicators

The OSE and ETUI are organising a ‘by invitation only’ workshop
(22 June 2016) which aims at equipping the research institutes with both the theoretical and practical aspects of constructing social policy indicators. Keynote speakers: Tom Bevers (EMCO Chair), Rudi Van Dam (Indicators Subgroup/SPC Chair) and Olivier Bontout (DG EMPL).

  New research

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 too. The OSE hence engaged in a new EU- funded project on ‘Policies for an Aged Workforce in the EU’, together with the Fondazione G. Brodolini, the Italian Social Security Institute (INPS) and the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly People (MoLFSPE).

  Occupational Welfare : Country studies

The nine country studies that have been produced in the context of the EU-funded PROWELFARE project have now been published in the OSE Working Paper Series. These reports show the growing importance and uneven spread of ‘occupational welfare’ in AT, BE, DE, IT, NL, ES, SE, PL and UK.


  New ESPN Flash reports

Ageing, residential childcare, housing costs and tax debts

Four new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) have been published, providing information on the ageing population in France, childcare reforms in Lithuania, a new rent subsidy in Luxembourg and draft regulations in Portugal to protect families from losing their homes.

  New Research

Social Policy in the EU: state of play 2016

The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to analyse the EU’s recent institutional dynamics, while looking into such varied fields of enquiry as the immigration crisis, long-term unemployment, occupational health and safety and fundamental rights.


 the 2015 edition

  Rountable Discussion

Welfare State and Industrial Relations in Poland and the EU

This public Roundtable discussion (Warsaw, 6th May 2016) represents a key opportunity to discuss the contribution of social dialogue to the development of ‘contract welfare’ in Poland and the rest of the European Union.

  Social Open Method of Coordination

OSE Director Bart Vanhercke was awarded the doctoral degree (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam for his PhD on ‘Inside the Social Open Method of Coordination. The Hard Politics of ‘Soft’ Governance’.
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