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The EESPN is an initiative of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research fostering social welfare policy in the BB countries.

Get to know what Bridge Building is

The European Centre set a special focus on the BB countries to assist in improving social welfare policies. Everything you need to know about the Bridging Fuction:

Anette Scoppetta, Deputy Head of the European Centre, explains
what Bridge Building (BB) is and how the EESPN started.

How did we start?

We started with the BB Launch event connecting stakeholders in social welfare policy throughout the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries.

The BB Launch event as starting point of the EESPN

The European Centre organised the Launch event “Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe” in Vienna on 19 September 2016. It aimed to exchange expertise from researchers, policy makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. As a result of the event, the Eastern European Social Policy Network, EESPN, was launched gathering researchers, civil servants of respective ministries and other public authorities as well as civil society organisations to intensify exchange and mutual learning in social policies. Read the full post.




Civil servants

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Civil society

Participants of the BB Launch event
Needs assessment at the BB Launch event

Our first BB event

The workshop provided governments, research institutes and civil society organisations a unique opportunity to exchange relevant know-how for improving structures and policies in social welfare.