Kick-off meeting of the DEFEN-CE project held in Helsinki

The first meeting of all project partners of the Social Dialogue in Defence of Vulnerable Groups in Post-COVID-19 Labour Markets (DEFEN-CE) was held in Helsinki on December 2nd, 2021. The meeting was organized, on-site and online in parallel, focusing on establishing a common understanding of the aims, tasks, administration, and deliverables of the project and determining platforms for successful project collaboration.

The kick-off meeting was led by Professor Minna van Gerven, Overall Project Coordinator, from the University of Helsinki and Doctor Marta Kahancov√°, Scientific Coordinator, from the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI). Participants from project partner organizations including the University of Helsinki and the Tampere University, Finland; the University of Stockholm, Sweden; the CELSI the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania; the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; the University of Belgrade, Serbia; and the FONDAZIONE ADAPT, Italy provided inputs to the overall management and expectations of the DEFEN-CE and gave an overview of vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19 measures and the role of social partners in their project countries. Decisions concerning project planning and next steps were made.




Photos by Minna van Gerven


About the Project

“The DEFEN-CE: Social dialogue in defence of vulnerable groups in post-COVID-19 labour markets”¬† is a research project funded by the Directorate-General for Employment, the European Commission. The project investigates the experience of various stakeholders with the design and implementation of COVID-19 related policies relevant for work and employment in the EU member states and two candidate countries, Serbia and Turkey. The aim of the project is to identify the role of social dialogue in facilitating policy implementation that addresses labour market situation of vulnerable groups, such as women, migrants, young people and workers in precarious jobs, in the post-COVID-19 labour markets.