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Volume Editor: Marzena Żakowska
The book offers a comprehensive overview of social security in the Balkan states. Social security is presented from a broad perspective as a mechanism that addresses human needs, provides protection against social risks, reduces social tensions and secures peace. Various sectors of social policy, pension systems, health care systems, disability insurance, labor policy as well as social risks, such as poverty and unemployment have been analyzed from historical, economic, political, sociological and security perspective. The book also offers recommendations for improving the level of social security in the region.

Contributors are: Dritero Arifi, Ngadhnjim Brovina, Pëllumb Çollaku, Dorota Domalewska, Besnik Fetahu, Remzije Istrefi, Maja Jandrić, Gordana Matković, Ruzhdi Morina, Artan Mustafa, Katarina Stanić, and Marzena Żakowska.
In: Social Security in the Balkans – Volume 1
In: Social Security in the Balkans – Volume 1
In: Social Security in the Balkans – Volume 1
In: Social Security in the Balkans – Volume 1
An Overview of Social Policy in the Republics of North Macedonia and Montenegro
Volume Editors: Marzena Żakowska and Dorota Domalewska
The book offers a comprehensive overview of social security in the Balkan states. Social security is presented from a broad perspective as a mechanism that addresses human needs, provides protection against social risks, reduces social tensions and secures peace. Various sectors of social policy, pension systems, health care systems, disability insurance, labor policy as well as social risks, such as poverty and unemployment, have been analyzed from historical, economic, political, sociological and security perspective. The book also offers recommendations for improving the level of social security in the region.

Contributors are: Maja Bacović, Agata Domachowska, Dorota Domalewska, Tomasz Ferfecki, Afet Mamuti, Katerina Mitevska Petrusheva, Natalija Perišić, Kire Sharlamanov, Katerina Veljanovska Blazhevska, and Marzena Żakowska.
An Overview of Social Policy in Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria
Volume Editors: Marzena Żakowska and Dorota Domalewska
This book offers a comprehensive overview of social security in the Balkan states. Social security is presented from a broad perspective as a mechanism that addresses human needs, provides protection against social risks, reduces social tensions and secures peace. Various sectors of social policy, pension systems, health care systems, disability insurance, labor policy as well as social risks, such as poverty and unemployment have been analyzed from historical, economic, political, sociological and security perspective. The book also offers recommendations for improving the level of social security in the region.

Contributors are: Predrag Bejaković, Mirela Cristea, Dorota Domalewska, Nikos Kourachanis, Effrosyni E. Kouskouna, Christos Koutsampelas, Velibor Lalić, Shkëlzen Macukulli, Irina Mindova Docheva, Grațiela Georgiana Noja, Teuta Nunaj Kortoci, Mile Šikman, Aspasia Strantzalou, Nevenko Vranješ, and Marzena Żakowska.

Abstract

After a decade of isolation from international processes following Yugoslavia’s disintegration, the Republic of Montenegro currently aspires to become a part of the European Union. This comes with many challenges to adopt EU social policy principles and its social protection system including EU standards, requirements and best practices. The aim of this chapter is to scrutinize the social protection system in Montenegro by analysis of the legal framework, organization of institutions, financing mechanism as well as benefits and allowances schema. The study was based on secondary research using data from legal documents, the Statisitcal Office of Montenegro, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Montenegro and the European Commission. The chapter examines the following topics: legal framework, structure of social protection, financial benefits and allowances, financing system of social protection and strategic reforms. The study indicates the need for a strong continuing reforms process of the social protection system to improve structure and quality of service provision, achieve broader social justice, increase protection of vulnerable groups such as elderly people and create better child protection system.

In: Social Security in the Balkans – Volume 2