Project No VS/2021/0196.

The main research question of DEFEN-CE is how social dialogue plays a role in addressing the employment and social protection rights of the vulnerable groups in the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath in 2020-2022. Project is funded by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, project duration: 1 November 2021 – 1 December 2023.

Leading partner – Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Helsinki (Finland). Partners: Central European Labour Studies Institute (Slovakia), University of Stockholm (Sweden), Institute for Work, Skills and Training of University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), FONDAZIONE ADAPT – Association for International and Comparative Studies in Labour and Industrial Relations (Italy), Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (Lithuania), Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade (Serbia).

Project leader for Lithuania – Inga Blaziene,