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Republic of Austria

The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes a €3 million contribution from the Government of Austria in support of over 5,000 households in Chemba district, Sofala province, prioritising vulnerable children, adolescent girls and women.

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Often, decisions regarding the design and implementation of social protection programmes do not include comprehensive assessments of the compatibility of the programme design or implementation features with human rights norms and standards which are included in diverse legal frameworks. This is a major shortcoming. These legal frameworks are designed to ensure the protection of rights. While human rights obligations do not provide precise policy recommendations, they do limit the discretion of policy-makers.

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The conference theme is Social Protection & Human Dignity.

The focus of all symposia, seminars, workshops and presentation should be related to Social Protection & Human Dignity. The following key aspects should guide all contributions and be covered intensively:

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Apartments in Europe are becoming more and more expensive. A European Citizens’ Initiative is now calling on EU authorities to exclude public investment in social and affordable housing from EU debt calculations. The housing market in European urban areas is tense and rents have been on a sharp rise in recent years. According to Eurostat, one in ten persons in Europe is overburdened by housing costs.  Those who spend over 40% of their income on rent fall into this category.

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Foreigners and large families face welfare cuts in Austria, under a reform that was passed by Austria's ruling right-wing parties in Parliament on Thursday. While the standard minimum welfare payment is set at €885 per month, foreigners will get €300 less starting in June, unless they can prove intermediate German or advanced English skills. Parents will receive €221 and €133 for their first and second child, but only €44 for each additional sibling. This new rule particularly affects immigrants, who tend to have more children than Austrians, dpa reports.

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Social protection systems are often still designed for the archetypical full-time dependent employee. Work patterns deviating from this model – be it self-employment or online "gig work" – can lead to gaps in social protection coverage. Globalisation and digitalisation are likely to exacerbate this discrepancy as new technologies make it easier and cheaper to offer and find work online, and online work platforms have experienced spectacular growth in recent years.

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Foreigners who have moved to Austria but have not yet picked up the language are set to be hit by a controversial reform to the country’s social welfare system, as the Right-wing government steps up its efforts to deter immigration.

The plan presented by the Austrian government last week will penalise the unemployed by cutting €300 off their monthly dole payments if they do not fulfill certain language requirements.

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the Austrian government must give the same social security benefits to refugees as it does to its residents.

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The MoveS network (Free Movement and Social Security Coordination) will organise a seminar in Salzburg (Austria) on 15-16 November 2018.

The seminar is being organised by MoveS in collaboration with its Austrian expert Elias Felten. MoveS is an EC-funded network of independent experts from 32 European countries coordinated by Eftheia and Deloitte.

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The MoveS network (Free Movement and Social Security Coordination) will organise a seminar in Salzburg (Austria) on 15-16 November 2018. This seminar will be held in Salzburg during the Austrian EU-presidency and will focus on free movement of workers which is is a burning political topic in Austria. In this context, a critical analysis of certain measures set by the national legislator which may conflict with the right of free movement of workers within the EU will be carried out.

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