Social politics

Study on Social Dimension in the Candidate Countries (BALKANDIDE) (2005-2006)

BALKANDIDE examined in depth the social situation in four countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey) that were/are candidates for membership in the EU and identified the major challenges in their demographic, social and economic context that are most pertinent for determining a candidate country's capacity to function in the Union.

EAL-NET (2005-2007)

TÁRKI was the Hungarian partner in the EAL-NET (EuroAlmaLaurea) project. Its goal was to demonstrate the economic sustainability and the viability of a new transnational eRecruitment service aimed at university graduates and businesses. The EAL system was based on a 'graduate record', which every university had already possessed for its own management and administrative purposes (personal data, student career, degree, other specialisations, etc.).

World Internet Project (WIP) (2001-2004)

"The year 1989 witnessed two major developments of enormous historical significance. One was the collapse of Communism all over East-Europe, and the other was the birth of the World Wide Web" - wrote Pippa Norris (in 2001). The subsequent Information Revolution was the condition for and the result of the global world economy at the same time. Europe – both the older members of the EU and the newly accessed countries are integrated part of the globalized world village.


Monitoring pension developments through micro socio economic instruments based on individual data sources: feasibility study (PENMICRO), commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities 

Higher Education as a Generator of Strategic Competences (HEGESCO) (2007-2008)

The Higher Education as a Generator of Strategic Competences (HEGESCO) project addressed two broad questions: (a) which competences do higher education graduates require in order to be better equipped for labour demand and active citizenship? and (b) how should higher education institutions develop these competences? 

Ageing, Health Status and Determinants of Health Expenditure (AHEAD) (2004-2008)

TÁRKI was Hungary's representative in the policy-oriented research Ageing, Health Status and Determinants of Health Expenditure (AHEAD). The project sought to refine the existing estimates of the links between reported states of health and use of medical services. As well as looking at the effects of ageing on health care, the research considered the link between health expenditure and fertility rates, and the demands placed on health services by non-native populations. Particular attention was paid to the cost of care near death.

Social quality and the changing relationship between work, care and welfare in Europe (WORKCARE) (2006-2009)

TÁRKI was the Hungarian partner of the WORKCARE project, supported by the Sixth EU Framework Programme. This project relied heavily on the results of the Household, Work and Flexibility project. The WORKCARE comparative research project explored the relationships between (at the macro level) structural changes on the labour market, demography, welfare and economic policies, and (at the micro level) changes in individual attitudes to work and care.


TÁRKI participated in a project entitled Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System (LLL 2010). This project aimed to identify the role of education systems in European countries in the implementation of the Lisbon strategy. The project focused on part the education system that makes lifelong learning a reality and on its role as a potential agency of social integration.

European Observatory on the Social Situation (2005-2016)

Between 2005 and 2016 TÁRKI was a member of a consortium that monitored and reported on trends in income distribution and social inclusion - i.e. on the overall inclusiveness of European society. It monitored the situation on income and wealth, the impact of the tax-benefit system, access to services, questions related to poverty and population groups particularly at risk of exclusion.