European Social Policy Network (ESPN)
Since 2014, the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) has been supporting the European Commission with independent information, analysis and expertise on social policies to foster the development of evidence-based social policy initiatives at European level. The ESPN currently covers 35 countries: the 28 EU countries as well as seven candidate and potential candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey). At the heart of the ESPN are Country Teams of independent experts on social policies in each of these 35 countries. The ESPN also provides ad hoc social policy analysis for an additional set of countries inside and outside Europe. Finally, it acts as the secretariat to MISSOC (Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection), which offers up-to-date information on social protection legislation, benefits and conditions in EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The MISSOC network consists of official representatives from national ministries or institutions responsible for social protection. The ESPN is supported and coordinated by a central team of international experts. LISER is managing the ESPN as a whole together with Applica and the European Social Observatory.
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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.