See article here by Matteo Jessoula, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy (formerly DSLW).
About the COPE Project
Reducing poverty and social exclusion is one of the main challenges for ensuring social cohesion of modern Europe. Lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor face serious obstacles in acceding high-quality jobs. That requires social assistance providing minimum income as a last resort as well as active inclusion policies to protect from poverty and social exclusion. The institutional, organisational and individual dimensions of the national minimum income schemes deserve particular attention. The core of COPE’s analysis is to picture poverty and social exclusion in Europe, to examine the complex governance structure of European, national and local policies of minimum income schemes and to assess their impact on the beneficiaries.
Co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme, the COPE project unites experienced researchers and stakeholders from six European countries. Since February 2012 research teams from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and Norway have been working on this three-year project.
Sian Jones, EAPN’s Policy Coordinator, was involved in the COPE project as an expert.