IRIS|international research institute on social fraud is a knowledge center that gathers relevant information of regional, national and international interest regarding social fraud in the broadest sense of the word. The Institute aims to be a forum where practice and theory meet and inspire each other. Through different activities, it establishes an international network between the academic world and the actors in the field for the prevention and study of and the fight against social fraud. [ read more ]
- Proposal for the revison of the Posting of Workers Directive
Earlier this week, Marianne Thyssen announced that the European Commission will launch a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive.
You can find the official EC press release here
A message of Marianne Thyssen on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive can be viewed [...]
- IRIS| was present at 'EU2016 – Promoting Decent Work'
On 8 and 9 February, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 organised an international conference on "Promoting decent work on the European labour market. Better compliance and enforcement".
On Tuesday, Prof Yves Jorens led a workshop on the need for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. The workshop was chaired by David Foden, head of the Working Conditions and Industrial Relations unit of Eurofound.
During the workshop, the participants were presented several questions (see [...]
- "To End Child Labor and Forced Labor, Knowledge is Power"
The United States' Department of Labor developed an app providing information on child and forced labor for researchers, advocates, policy professionals, academics, students and, last but not least, consumers.
The app can be downloaded here
The site also provides a short movie (approx. 1min30sec) with information and some statistics on child and forced labor and the app itself.
More information on this initiative can [...]
- Benelux recommendation on the development of a multilateral cooperation in the fight against cross-border social fraud on the Benelux and European level
On 23 September 2015, Belgian State Secretary Bart Tommelein, as president of the Benelux Committee of Ministers on Fraud, together with the representatives of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, signed a Benelux recommendation
on closer cooperation in the fight against cross-border social fraud. This recommendation is a result of the agreements made by the three cou [...]
- IRIS is growing and looking for a full-time scientific researcher!
Looking for a challenging job in an academic environment?
Are you interested in working on projects funded by the European Commission, or in cooperation with national authorities and social inspection services, on the topics of e.g. free movement, migration, atypical employment, cross-border enforcement of European rules, social fraud and social dumping?
A job where you can work together with young, enthusiastic, dedicated colleagues and where you are given the space to take initiative and develop your professional skills?
- Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive published
On 16 April, it was announced
that the European Parliament had endorsed the Proposal
for a Directive on the enforcement of Posting Directive 96/71/EC.
On 28 May, the adopted text was published in the Official Journal.
You may find the text of the new Directive 2014/67 [...]
- IRIS present at seminar on the underground economy by the Centre for Police Studies (13 March 2014)
IRIS would like to inform you that the Centre for Police Studies (Centrum voor Politiestudies) is organising a seminar about the underground economy in Brussels on 13 March 2014.
At this seminar, Prof Yves Jorens, our Director, will reflect on social fraud and inspection from an academic point of view.
You can find more information about this seminar here
Presentations at this seminar wil [...]
- Slides of the presentations at the Gentse Klasse(n) of 17 December 2013
It was a succesful evening at the Gentse Klasse(n). There was a varied audience and interesting discussions were held.
The slides of the presentations can be found here
- Gentse Klasse(n) on 17 December 2013 – central theme: welfare fraud
On 17 December 2013, Associare and the students of the Master’s course on social security law (Grondige Studie Socialezekerheidsrecht), taught by Prof Dr Yves Jorens, are organising the Gentse Klasse(n).
The central theme this year is welfare fraud, focussing on the role and competences of the Public Centres for Social Assistance (OCMW/CPAS). The students will discuss different problems related to the topic, presenting them to a panel of experts and the audience. These presentations are followed by a debate.
Participation is free of [...]
- The Belgian Social Criminal Code in German
Next to our institute's English translation of the Belgian Social Criminal Code (see previous post
), this Code was also translated in German (one of the three official Belgian languages) by the Belgian Zentrale Dienststelle für Deutsche Übersetzungen
(the Central Office for German Translations) and published in the Belgian Official Journ [...]
- IRIS present at BLUS colloquium on social fraud, labour exploitation and human trafficking on 19 December 2013
On 19 December 2013, the Belgian-Luxembourg Union for Criminal Law — L'Union Belgo-Luxembourgeoise de Droit Pénal (UBLDP) / De Belgisch-Luxemburgse Unie voor Strafrecht (BLUS) — is organising a colloquium in Brussels on the fight against social fraud, labour exploitation, and human trafficking, and on related national and EU level challenges and solutions.
Prof Yves Jorens, our Director, will give a presentation at this colloquium discussing national measures recently adopted in Belgium to improve the fight against social fraud.
- The English translation of the Belgian Social Criminal Code is now available!
Opening up the social criminal law framework in Europe and spreading information about the different social criminal law provisions within the European Union Member States, is one of the fundamental objectives of
IRIS|international research institute on social fraud at Ghent University.
Our research institute therefore considered it an important task to make the Belgian social criminal legal framework accessible to a broader public by making an English translation of the Social Criminal Code.
‘The Belgian Social Criminal Code – An [...]
- IRIS seminar on triangular labour relations – Slides online
This page in Dutch
IRIS had the pleasure to welcome around 120 persons at this seminar on triangular labour relations.
We would like to thank the participants and speakers for their contribution to another succesful event!
As we did following the previous seminar, we again make the slides available on our website.
Please find them [...]
- Registration for the seminar on 21 November still open !
You may still register for the seminar on triangular labour relations.
Please find more information concerning the programme and registration in the post below
- Monica De Coninck, the Belgian Federal Minister of Employment, will deliver the closing speech at the IRIS seminar on 12 November
We are delighted to announce that the Belgian Federal Minister of Employment, Ms Monica De Coninck, will hold a closing speech at our seminar on triangular labour relations in Ghent on Wednesday 21 November 2012.
Please find more information about the IRIS seminar on triangular labour relations here: English
/ Dutch< [...]
- IRIS Seminar: ‘Triangular labour relations: who is the employer?’
IRIS|International Research Institute on Social Fraud is organising a seminar on triangular labour relations in Ghent on Wednesday 21 November 2012. The themes of the day are the legal framework with regard to temporary agency work, the prohibition of hiring out employees as well as a number of atypical types of triangular labour relations such as service vouchers and portage salarial.
Due to increasingly flexible and fragmented labour relations, employers more and more appeal to employees from other enterprises.
This, howe [...]
- Slides evening seminar on joint and several liability in social law posted
It would not be an overstatement to say the evening seminar on joint and several liability in social law was a success.
More than 100 participants attended this learning and networking event, a great number of whom have requested a digital version of the slides.
Since one of IRIS' missions is to disclose information relevant to social fraud, we have published the slides on our website.
We thank all speakers and participants and hope to welcome you to our next
Please note the slides are in Dutch.
Please find a digital v [...]
- IRIS evening seminar on joint and several liability in social law
IRIS⎢International Research Institute on Social Fraud is organising a seminar on joint and several liability in social law from a national and European perspective.
The Minister for Employment, Ms Monica De Coninck, represented by her advisor Mr Ludo Beck, and the State Secretary for the Fight against Social and Tax Fraud, Mr John Crombez will elucidate their policies.
Mr Sjoerd Feenstra of the European Commission will cover a number of (proposals for) new measures.
Mr Philippe Vanden Broeck of the Social Legislation Inspectorate [...]
- Vacancy update
The vacancy for a scientific researcher has been filled. We are pleased to welcome Ms Lien Valcke to the team. The IRIS team now consists of Prof Dr Yves Jorens (director), Mr Dirk Gillis (coordinator), Mr Bart Stalpaert (expert-advisor), Ms Lien Valcke (scientific researcher) and Ms Marlies De Coninck (language editor).
- Cooperation between IRIS and NSSO
On 9 March 2012 the rector of Ghent University Prof Paul Van Cauwenberge, the administrator general of the National Social Security Office Mr Koen Snyders and the director of IRIS|International Research Institute on Social Fraud of Ghent University Prof Dr Yves Jorens signed a protocol for cooperation between IRIS and the National Social Security Office.
A unique agreement
Long-term cooperation between a social security institution and a university is rather exceptional. One of the tasks of IRIS, which was established in July 2011, is to b [...]
IRIS⎮International Research Institute on Social Fraud at the Department of Social Law, Ghent University is expanding and has a vacancy for a part-time scientific collaborator (m/f) (60%). Opportunities for career advancement.
IRIS⎮International Research Institute on Social Fraud was established within Ghent University in July 2011. IRIS conducts research into (cross-border) social fraud and is a knowledge centre as well as a forum where practice and theory meet.
The applicant is preferably holder of a master’s de [...]
- At the Official Launch of IRIS, State secretary Carl Devlies announces start of negotiations on a new multilateral agreement within the Benelux to combat social fraud
Tuesday, July 5th 2011.
The Official launch of the International Research Institute on Social Fraud⎮IRIS took place in the AULA of the Ghent University. Amongst the speakers were Carl Devlies, State Secretary for the Coordination of the Fight against Fraud, dr. Jan van Laarhoven, Secretary-General of the Benelux, Armindo Silva, Director of the European Commission's DG-Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and prof. dr. Yves Jorens, director of IRIS.
In his speech, Carl Devlies announced the start of negotiations on a new multilatera [...]
- IRIS official installation will take place July 5th, 2011
- iris.ugent.be online !
As from Saturday, July 2nd 2011 the core of the IRIS website is online.
In the future, the IRIS website will contain a knowledge base with both academic and practical information on national, international and European levels.
For more information about the objectives of this work in progress, please visit the activities page
Visit our website in the future and see how it grows !
- Belgian Social Criminal Code effective July 1st, 2011
Today, the Belgian Social Criminal Code came into force.
You can download the official Dutch and French version of the Social Criminal Code here
The official Dutch and French Government Bill and other Parliamentary Documents can be downloaded here
The Internationa [...]