A greetings note from the President of EKKE
It is self-evident that in a time of deep crisis social research must contribute to the understanding of the causes and effects of emerging social problems and, at the same time, assist in confronting and solving them.
As in the past, the present-day EKKE can and must function, through scientific research, as an institution of collective self-knowledge and social reflection. Above all, however, it must operate as advisor to the state, the social partners and key agencies of civil society in matters of social policy, sociopolitical trends and socioeconomic development over a broad range of issues concerning employment, poverty and social exclusion, immigration policy and social rights, the environment, gender equality, social cohesion, criminality and the dynamics of the political system.
Besides other considerations, these objectives also derive from the provisions of the new EU- Greece Partnership Agreement, currently drawn up to succeed NSRF 2007-2013: the new Agreement gives high priority to the study of the labor market, social cohesion and social exclusion.
In other words, today the need for social research as a public resource is imperative. Accordingly, EKKE will contribute conscientiously to the country′s effort, towards the increased utilization of European funding for research, the stemming of the increasing brain drain, intelligent specialization and the overall development of the Greek system of research and technology. With these aims in mind, EKKE will shortly proceed to the redesigning of its internal operations, promoting new actions and enhancing its public presence, its international partnerships and its research infrastructures, drawing on a research tradition of more than five decades.
These aims will be pursued by following a model of management by objectives, constant observance of the principles of legality, accountability, transparency in its mode of operation and collective effort.
The Director and President of the Board of EKKE
Professor Nicolas Demertzis