39 years of independent expertise in European social policy


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

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

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.

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.

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, lawyersBelspo and sociologists. This study focuses on the impact of EU-level governance on the Belgian welfare state over the last decades.