The Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck (CSB, University of Antwerp) and the OSE have secured a contract with the Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security (SPF Sécurité Sociale) to provide the academic underpinning of the ‘Social Affairs’ side of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the first half of 2024. In the first phase, the OSE has been tasked with writing three background papers on a) ‘improving access to social protection’; b) ‘just transition towards climate neutrality’; and c) ‘advancing disability rights in the context of the Union of equality’.

The global environmental crisis is tending to create new social inequalities and reinforce existing ones. As this crisis will increasingly put pressure on the very core of the EU’s socioeconomic models, the OSE has been contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to produce a pilot version of a newsletter on the implementation of the ‘European Green Deal’, and especially the EU’s political commitment to a ‘socially just transition’. The purpose of the Newsletter will be to monitor European policies impacting both the environment and the European social model.

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.