Social Policy / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Participation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector [PATHWAYS]
Individuals with chronic diseases and mental disorders often experience work-related problems, such as unemployment, absenteeism, reduced productivity and stigmatization in the workplace, leading to n...
Individuals with chronic diseases and mental disorders often experience work-related problems, such as unemployment, absenteeism, reduced productivity and stigmatization in the workplace, leading to negative consequences at individual, national and European level. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases and mental disorders as well as the current economic crisis make this issue even more problematic, requiring action in terms of innovative strategies to improve the participation of these persons in the labor market. Unfortunately, this is hindered by a lack of knowledge of which strategies are available in the different European countries and their effectiveness, and a lack of clarity regarding the employment-related needs of these individuals, leading to gaps between what is offered and what is needed. Therefore, PATHWAYS aims a) to identify integration and re-integration strategies that are available in Europe and beyond, b) to determine their effectiveness, c) to assess the specific employment-related needs of persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders and d) to develop guidelines supporting the implementation of effective professional integration and reintegration strategies. Involvement in PATHWAYS of 12 partners with vast expertise in the area of chronic and mental conditions and employment from 10 different European countries allows to compare strategies between different European regions, taking into account cultural, social, and political differences. Stakeholder consultations, including advocacy organizations, employers, policy makers, international organizations, and European Union delegates, will provide useful insights as to the development and implementation of policy recommendations to improve their integration or reintegration into the workplace. In this way, PATHWAYS will provide the first steps to work towards a more inclusive labor market in which persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders can meaningfully participate.
Start date: 01/05/2015 - End date: 30/04/2018

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2014
Topic: Social Policy
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
High-Level Conference on Economy of Wellbeing [Conference EoW]
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will organise a Presidency Conference on Economy of Wellbeing. The conference is main presidency event for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. This high-le...
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will organise a Presidency Conference on Economy of Wellbeing. The conference is main presidency event for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. This high-level conference involves different EU institutions and all the EU Member States; actors from the public sector as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations. We expect around 250 participants.

Health promotion has a major role in increasing economic growth and social and economic stability. This two-day conference will address the interlinkage between wellbeing and economic policies, which are in the best cases mutually reinforcing. Economic growth improves people’s wellbeing whereas wellbeing and health of the population enhance economic growth and stability. The conference is driven by an ambition to introduce a holistic approach of Economy of Wellbeing in order to find a more in-depth and horisontal way to look at the fundamental goal of wellbeing of citizens and to build a more socially sustainable Europe.

The conference will be organised on 18-19 September 2019 in Helsinki. After the conference a conference report will be published and disseminated in the EU level and beyond. Also a publication on Next Steps for EU in promoting Economy of Wellbeing will be produced. The aim is to continue and deepen the cross-sectoral, EU-level discussion on the Economy of Wellbeing approach and to advance the possibility for closer cooperation between wellbeing and economic policies in the EU decision making.

We apply Commission's co-financing for the organisation of the conference as well as for the work to further process and disseminate the theme of the Economy of Wellbeing.
Start date: 31/07/2019 - End date: 30/07/2020

Call: Presidency conference grants 2019 under the AWP 2019 of 3HP
Topic: Social Policy