One of the principal objectives of the Crisis Observatory is the promotion of new research about the crisis and the wide dissemination of its results. This disseminaiton is going to take place through the Observatory’s website, but also through public events, seminars and other activities. In this context, one of the priorities of the Crisis Observatory is the participation in research and educaitonal programmes.
Currently, the Crisis Observatory participates in the European research programme “New Sources of Cohesion”, which operates though a collaborative network of five European think tanks and research institutes, one which is ELIAMEP. This programme is part of the European Commission’s “Active Citizens for Europe” programme and is being coordinated by the think tank demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy.
The objective of the programme is the collection and analysis of opinions from simple citizens but also experts, in order to offer insights on three main themes: (a) the impact of austerity policies on the economic model, (b) the impact of austerity policies on social policies and (c) the narrative for a renewed European project.
In addition, the Crisis Observatory participated in ELIAMEP’s 10th European Seminar. The Seminar hosted European officials and distinguished academics, researchers and analysts from Greece and Europe. The European Seminar was funded by the European Commission. The theme of this year’s Seminar was “Europe in Crisis, Citizens in Protest”. The Seminar looked into the dymanics of the debt crisis in Europe, with a focus on the austerity policies being promoted and the protest movements that formed against them. The Crisis Observatory patrticipated to the programme through its Head, Dimitris Katsikas, who was Project Coordinator for the European Seminar.
The Crisis Observatory has been awarded the research programme “Impacts of the crisis on access to healthcare services: Country reports on Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia and Luxembourg”. The programme was awarded to the Crisis Observatory following a competitive call for tenders by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). The purpose of the project is to record the effects of the crisis on citizens’ access to health services, as well as to highlight best practices and initiatives that can be applied in the administration of health services’ units during the crisis, at a time when their funding has been substantially reduced. The Crisis Observatory will investigate the case of Greece.