Social welfare policies

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01 April 2004

Among the big issues facing the EU is the declining working-age population and the effect this decline will have on our economies, businesses and social welfare systems. One way to address this issue is to promote labour mobility throughout the EU. The CEPS-ECHR (European Club for Human Resources) Task Force – chaired by Allan Larsson, former Director-General of DG Employment and Social Affairs – presents its recommendations for a more flexible and secure labour market in this report.

01 April 2004

This paper presents a discussion of some general conceptual and empirical issues of increasing importance for the analysis of the consequences of ageing: the potential trade-off between ensuring informal health care for the elderly and at the same time achieving an increase in the employment participation ratio for women. It first provides an overview of some general issues in health economics and then turns to some theoretical and empirical investigations of these issues.

01 December 2003

Ageing affects individuals and nations everywhere. But a precise definition of what ageing is cannot be provided easily with regard to health aspects, social conventions and lifestyles that are intertwined with the ageing process. As a first step, the ENEPRI AGIR project has attempted to describe this process in EU countries by observing as many dimensions as possible related to it. This summarises and compares the demographic experience of ten EU countries since the mid-20th century on the basis of the detailed data gathered within the project.

01 April 2003

Incompatibility of pension schemes in the different EU member states is major headache for human resource managers across Europe. The lack of pension portability is a source of additional costs for European enterprises, and mobile employees face a bewildering web of pension rights. Removing obstacles to pension portability within the EU should not only reduce these costs, but support labour mobility and increase revenues from occupational pension schemes through greater competition. Ultimately, it fosters the possibility of a pan-European pension fund for all staff members.

01 September 2001

Focusing on the process of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, this report looks at health as an issue of enlargement from an economic perspective. The report argues that health is of strategic importance for the success of enlargement and is directly relevant to the future economic development of the candidate countries and to the social and financial sustainability of that development.

Inequality has become one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. Yet, policymakers remain reluctant to confront it head on. We therefore decided to make it the topic of our 5th InGRID winter school, to create a bridge between the state-of-the-art literature and political perceptions of this issue.


In cooperation with Intereconomics and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Launch of a World Bank Report.

Bulgaria is undergoing a profound socio-economic transformation brought about by extraordinary demographic change.  It is heading for the steepest decline in working-age population in the world. By 2050, one in three Bulgarians is projected to be older than 65 and only one in two Bulgarians will be of working age. As more and more workers exit the workforce and fewer Bulgarians replace them, the need to implement broad-based reforms today, in order to help the country avert potential challenges tomorrow, continues to intensify.

Jan-Eric Sundgren, Executive Vice President Public & Environmental Affairs, Volvo; former President of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg

Lead Rapporteur: Felix Roth, Research Fellow, CEPS; Postdoctoral Lecturer & Editor of Intereconomics

During this NEUJOBS Lunchtime Session, Prof. Anton Hemerijck will present his brand new book “Changing welfare states”, to Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor, who will place it in the context of the forthcoming Social investment Package. “Changing Welfare States” is a major new examination of the wave of social reform that has swept across Europe over the past two decades. It carries out a comparative analysis of reform trajectories and political destinations in an era of rapid socioeconomic restructuring.

Mid-project conference of NEUJOBS, a research project financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, and aimed at analysing future developments of the European labour market(s); based on the assumption that European societies are facing four main transitions that will have a major impact on employment, in particular for some groups in the labour force or sectors of the economy.

The ANCIEN FP7 project, which CEPS has coordinated since January 2009, is drawing to a close with a final conference to share the scientific and policy results with the different actors involved in social, health and long-term care (LTC) systems. This conference, held in Brussels on October 24th, aims to generate interactive discussions about better planning for LTC systems in Europe.