Structure and internal organization

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Structure and internal organization

The Presidium of the Institute

The Presidium takes care of the day-to-day management of the EISS and is supported by the EISS Secretariat. The Presidium consists of the president, four vice-presidents and the secretary-general. It is the bureau which defines the competencies of this small executive board.

The presidium is the executive board of the EISS.






Prof. Dr. Marhold Dr. Gibbon Prof. Dr. Stendahl Prof. Dr. Strban Prof. Dr. Schoukens

Our institute is presided by Prof. Dr. Franz Marhold, Vienna University of Economic and Business, Austria.

He is assisted by the vice-presidents: Dr. Chris Gibbon of the IBM Social Segment of the United Kingdom, Dr. Grega Strban of the University of Ljubljana and Dr. Sara Stendahl of the Gothenburg University of Sweden.

The presidium is completed by the secretary general, a task which is taken up by Prof. Dr. Paul Schoukens, professor of (European) social security law of the KU Leuven (Belgium).


prof. Marhold

The Bureau of the Institute

The Bureau determines the detailed programme of the conferences and publications is composed of the representatives of the active national sections and working groups.


  • Prof. dr. Beatrix Karl, President of the Austrian section
  • Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi and Hans-Joachim Reinhard, Presidents of the German section
  • Prof. Patrina Paparigopoulou, President of the Greek section
  • Ms. Kim Hermans, President of the national section of the Netherlands
  • Mr. Martin Andresen, President of the Norwegian section
  • Prof. dr. Cristina Sanchez, President of the Spanish section
  • Prof. dr. Lotta Westerh√§ll, President of the Swedish section
  • Dr. Klaus Kapuy, President EFESE working group


The budget of the EISS, which is a non-profit organization, consists of membership fees, subsidies and the income resulting from research projects. Every year, the bureau determines the budget. It also submits the accounts to the General Assembly.


The Institute comprises of individual and associated members. All members combined form the General Assembly, which has full powers to realize the objectives of the institute.

Members can organize themselves in national sections and/or working groups.

Our members have different academic and professional background but are all interested and active in the field of social security and social protection in Europe.

Together we are the only network of social security in the world.

At the moment the EISS has a total of 215 members coming from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.



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