Social services in Europe show a wide variety of organisational, regulatory, financing and provision models which develop differently across European regions. Several factors have an impact on these developments, i.e. the scope of welfare states, regional necessities, political developments and EU-regulations on competition, subsidies, procurement and the internal market. The Observatory provides a European perspective for institutions and academic circles about the differences between European models and the upcoming social challenges.
Migrant Organisations in Germany demand the implementation of a "National Council for Intercultural Opening". This council should be statutory embedded and is supposed to bring together experts, representatives of Migrant Organisations as well as other civil society actors and display certain political positions towards decision-makers. The Observatory examines if such structures for consultation exist in other EU member states and how they are designed.
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Migration of Care Workers from the Visegrád-StatesGiven the importance of migration for the sustainability of formal healthcare provision, this paper examines the main migration trends from the new EU Member States to Germany in the healthcare sector. It also sheds light on how the need for healthcare services in selected regions of Eastern Europe is likely to evolve and discusses the key factors responsible for intra-European migration in the healthcare sector.
Marketization of Social Services in Sweden
The rising of marketization procedures of social services in several EU member states represents a heated debate in Europe. The Observatory researches on the impact of the marketization of social services, focusing on the Swedish welfare state.
Muslim Social Welfare in Europe
What services of Muslim social welfare can be found in Europe and how are they supported by public authorities? The working paper of the Observatory answers these questions, looking at Austria and the Netherlands.
Experts from national ministries, welfare and Muslim organisation came together in April 2016 to discuss how to support Muslim social welfare services and their political representation in a European expert meeting organised by the Observatory.
Free Trade Agreements and Social Services – What does Europe think?Social services and Free Trade Agreements – what connection is there? The Observatory’s newsletter provides answers to this question. The newsletter gives insights into if and how TTIP and CETA might affect the provision, organisation and financing of social services of general interest in Europe. We also take a look at how this topic is being discussed in selected EU Member States.
Social Innovation and Providers of Social Services in Europe
In the European Union, the issue of social innovation is often associated with social entrepreneurship, i.e. with the persons and organisations who implement social innovations. Impact measurement and scaling are being discussed intensively across Europe. These debates can potentially also have implications for the organisation of social services in the EU member states. The Observatory’s work on this subject has included new EU initiatives with regard to social entrepreneurship as well as social innovation and their impact on the provision of social services. The newsletter provides an overview of social innovation and its potential impact on the provision of social services.