Social protection

Labour market issues and social protection

Spasova S. and Wilkens M.

in Vanhercke B., Ghailani D. and Sabato S. (eds.), Social Policy in the European Union: State of Play 2018, Brussels: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Social Observatory (OSE), pp. 97-116

Between 2014 and 2022, the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) supported the European Commission by providing independent information and analysis on social protection and social inclusion policies, thereby contributing to improving social monitoring and fostering the development of evidence-based social policy initiatives at European level.
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 OSE started new research for the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), examining the social protection measures taken in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic related to sickness, unemployment and leave benefits in the EU27. The deliverables of the project consist in an overall mapping report of the national measures, eight in-depth national case studies and a final analytical report. This study will be among the first to focus exclusively on the social protection measures taken by Member States to support non-standard workers and the self-employed in the context of the pandemic.