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  OSE Paper Series

Comparing (Voluntary) Occupational Welfare in the EU: Evidence from an international research study
Natali, D. and Pavolini, E. (2014)

Based on the results of the project ‘Providing Welfare through Social Dialogue: A renewed role for social partners?’, this paper sheds light on the evolution of occupational benefits and services voluntarily provided by social partners (voluntary occupational welfare). Such programmes, which are becoming relatively more widespread in the EU, are a 'double-edged sword': they offer possibilities for improving workers’ conditions and life; at the same time they may weaken the welfare state.


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  New project

Establishment and management of the European Social Policy Network
The consortium made up of Applica, CEPS/INSTEAD and the OSE has been awarded the contract to establish and manage the new European Social Policy Network (ESPN). The ESPN will provide high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social goals.



  New publication

About the baby and the bathwater: assessing the European Platform against Poverty
Sabato, S. and Vanhercke, B. (2014)
This ETUI Working Paper provides a qualitative assessment of one of Europe 2020's flagship initiatives: the 'European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion' (EPAP). The paper argues that a transformed EPAP has the potential to provide strong added value for the EU's toolbox in the fight against poverty. Rather than throwing out the baby with the bathwater, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy should be used as a window of opportunity to revamp this tool by addressing its weaknesses.


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  OSE Paper Series

Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda: A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy
Frazer, H., Guio, A.-C., Marlier, E., Vanhercke, B. and Ward T. (2014)

This OSE Research paper urges major changes to the Europe 2020 Strategy if it is to meet the target of reducing poverty by 20 million by 2020. It examines the scale of the challenge as well as the underlying problems which need to be tackled and the measures which could be taken.


  The OSE in the news

The New European Commission: Assignment of the Employment and Social Affairs Portfolio to Marianne Thyssen. 
Bart Vanherke (Director, OSE) is interviewed by Africa Gordillo, on La Première, on radio RTBF, September 11, 2014.


  OSE-ETUI Lunchtime Session 

Sur l'histoire de l'Europe et ses leçons pour le futur
The 17th of September, keynote speaker Robert Salais (IDHES - CNRS) will discuss of the origins of the European Union (marked by the failure of a political community) as well as the paths that could have been followed if Europe had not imprisoned itself in the market. 



  Neujobs Conference : 15/09/2014

Ageing Society in Europe and UK: Employment and Policy Challenges
This conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss the consequences of ageing on employment, labour demand and supply, skills, working conditions, gender issues, and so forth. It is an opportunity for European scholars and national stakeholders to meet and debate key strategies for dealing with ageing. 

Venue: London School of Economics (LSE), London


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Social developments in the European Union 2013 – 1 July 2014 (EESC)
To mark the 15th edition of their flagship publication, the OSE and the ETUI hold a conference bringing together a wide variety of policymakers, stakeholders and researchers. They will address new debates that have gained salience on the EU agenda in the aftermath of the European elections. The conference will be followed by a lunch. Keynote speakers include Anna Diamantopoulou, José Leandro and Michele Calandrino.

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  New publication

A Model for Implementing Sustainable and Qualitative Growth in the EU
Sabato, S., Natali, D. and Barbier, C. (2014)

The paper, published by the Martens Centre for European Studies, sheds light on a debate that has gained momentum at both the scientific level and the political level over the past few years. It examines the state of EU economic and social governance and identifies the main elements that could contribute to an alternative path for the EU, putting forward key policy proposals for its future.


  OSE Paper Series

Governing the Social Dimension in Canadian Federalism and European Integration
Amy Verdun and Donna E. Wood (University of Victoria)
OSE Paper Series, Research Paper No.14, May 2014, 22p. 

In Canada and the European Union (EU), social policy is the responsibility of the constituent units - that is, provinces and territories in Canada and Member States in the EU. This working paper examines whether Canada can learn from how the EU coordinates social policy.


  New project

Health care reforms and the crisis
New research is being conducted for the ETUI which aims to develop a critical assessment of the reforms undertaken over the last 5 years in a representative selection of health care systems across the EU.

  European minimum income

Final report available
The OSE finalised a project for the European Economic and Social Committee that explores minimum income schemes as a tool for combating poverty within the EU. The report is now available in
English and French.



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  Neujobs Conference 

Innovation and Employment: cornerstones of the energy transition
The conference gathered different views from stakeholders - researchers, practitioners, as well as policy makers - on energy transition. Event organised by the OSE, SEURECO and the Conseil Français de l’Energie.



  OSE Paper Series

Intergenerational Justice and Public Policy in Europe
Pieter Vanhuysse (2014), OSE Opinion Paper No.16, 17p.
Population ageing right across the advanced welfare states has led to a renewed popular awareness of the notion of justice between the generations, but also to renewed academic interest. This paper reports on the Intergenerational Justice Index (IJI), and on how EU member states perform along its four dimensions. 


  New Report

A European Social Union
Friends of Europe - an independent think-tank for EU policy analysis and debate - has asked Frank Vandenbroucke and Bart Vanhercke to write a report on ‘A European Social Union: 10 tough nuts to crack'. The report provides a comprehensive survey of the development of the social dimension in European cooperation, and defines ten key questions that have to be tackled with a view to developing this Social Union.


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  OSE Team

A Time of Change
After having held his position as Scientific Director with genuine dedication for more than three years, David Natali decided to resign from this position for personal and professional reasons. Bart Vanhercke agreed to take over his responsibilities in September 2013, and is now the OSE Director. He is supported by Denis Bouget, who joined the team as Scientific Advisor and will work closely together with Bart with a view to developing a forward-looking research strategy.


  New publication

Policy learning, Aid conditionality or Domestic Politics? The Europeanisation of Dutch and Spanish activation policies through the European Social Fund
Minna Van Gerven, Bart Vanhercke, and Susanna Gürocak (2014)
Journal of European Public Policy

This article examines how leverage, learning and aid conditionality determine how the ESF actually ‘hits home’ in The Netherlands and Spain. 


  OSE Paper Series

Post-crisis economic governance in Latvia: the European Semester, the Balance-of-Payments programme, and euro accession convergence
Edgars Eihmanis, University of Amsterdam, OSE Research paper No.13

Exploring Latvia's recent economic governance under the European Semester, the Balance-of-Payments programme and euro accession convergence, this OSE Research paper finds that the Latvian government has pursued a cherry-picking strategy, predominantly focusing on compliance with the euro accession criteria and fiscal consolidation - even beyond the Commission's requirements. Relatedly, compared with the more austere national authorities, the Commission in Latvia has played the role of social advocate.


  ProWelfare Final Conference

For the past year the OSE and the European Trade Union Confederation have been leading a research project that aims at analysing the emergence of “contract welfare” in eight EU Member States. During the Final Conference (Brussels, ITUH) the research teams presented the core findings and policy implications of the research. 


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  New project

Towards a European minimum income (EESC)
The OSE has been awarded a new project with the European Economic and Social Committee that explores minimum income schemes as a tool for combating poverty within the EU.


  The OSE on LinkedIn

Check out the OSE Group on LinkedIn, the fast-growing professional networking website. The OSE Group on LinkedIn currently links more than 400 researchers, policymakers, and European and national stakeholders with an interest in "Social Europe".





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