Social and Economic Justice

Substantive democratic governance practices are rooted in fair and equitable economic arrangements. Social justice, more broadly, is intrinsic to the regional agenda the FES advances through its respective offices and individual projects. In close cooperation with  sister offices, Dialogue SOE organizes platforms and provides comparative analysis on regional economic and social policies with a view to assessing their societal impact and formulating recommendations towards more fair, sustainable, and participatory policy making. Our recently published regional youth studies demonstrate the kinds of intersections of economic, social, and political justice which inform our advocacy efforts.



More Social Convergence in EU Enlargement Policy

The EU-summit on May 6, 2020, will confirm the good news for the Western Balkans: the European Commission will start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. The bad news is: if talks and negotiations follow “the business as usual” path we cannot expect a lot to change. The European project so far did not deliver social change in Western Balkans countries.



Social Dimension of EU Enlargement in WB: Brussels

On the 20th of November, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Dialogue Southeast Europe together with FES Brussels, in cooperation with the Initiative for Development and Cooperation and Center for Social Studies, organized an expert discussion on the topic of Enlargement Policy and Social Change in the Western Balkans.



Policy Laboratory: Future of the Welfare State

From 21st to 25th of November, Bečići (Budva) hosted “Future of Welfare State”. This conference was organized as a 'policy laboratory school'. The overall goal was to gather professionals working in the social sectors, service providers, social partners, activists, advocates, think tank analysts, researchers as well as service users across the Western Balkan countries to intensively work together on analysis and policy-making.



Social Protection in the Western Balkans: Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

In the Western Balkans, the COVID-19 pandemic has been met by already weak social protection systems. The broader social impacts are likely to be both severe and long-lasting. Some positive lessons can be drawn from the initial social policy response by regional governments, including changes to non-contributory cash benefits and insurance-based schemes, which have contributed to reducing income shocks. At the same time, investments were overall modest, some especially vulnerable groups were not targeted, and the effect of one-off measures must remain limited.


Recovery Lost: The Greek economy is forced to fight its way back after Covid-19

Greece has dealt competently with the public health risk posed by Covid-19 but faces a possibly even bigger challenge in mitigating the economic impact of the crisis. Greece had started to heal some of the wounds from its previous recession before the coronavirus struck. Now, its fragile economy is being buffeted by a new, and potentially severe, downturn. The public finances Athens has at its disposal are limited and the tools made available by the European Union only go some way towards providing solutions.


The social dimension of enlargement policy: Social rights as a priority of enlargement

The Social Dimension of Enlargement Policy lays out the key findings from the study Enlargement Policy and Social Change in the Western Balkans , focusing on the interaction between EU institutions and WB governments in processes of strategic social reform, mechanisms deployed by the EU in the social policy realm in the region and reforms pursued by WB governments to improve the social outcomes. Recommendations are offered on how to deepen the social dimension of accession.


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