Project Description

The EU-China Social Protection Reform Project (SPRP) is a project co-funded by the European Union and China, running from 2014 to 2019. The overall objective of the project, as laid out in the Financing Agreement signed by the EU and the GoC, is to support China in further developing social equity throughout its society.

The project activities are supporting the Chinese government in contributing to the improvement and inclusiveness of China’s social protection system through the strengthening of the institutional capability for developing policies, the implementation of legal & regulatory frameworks and the supervision of systems related to social insurances, social assistance and financial management in the area of social security. The activities were arranged in three components aiming to achieve the following goals:

Component 1: Consolidation of institutional capacity for social protection policy development and reforms in collaboration with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Component Coordinator: Laurent de l’Espinay; Resident Expert: Jean Victor Gruat.

Component 2: Enhancing the institutional capacity for financial management and supervision concerning social security funds in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Component Coordinator: Valeria Bonavolontà; Resident Expert: Michele Bruni.

Component 3: Improving the legal framework and policy for social assistance in collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MoCA).
Component Coordinator: Monika Szostak; Resident Expert: Marzena Breza.

The activities of the project are performed by a Consortium of European States organizations:

  • • Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS); Italy. INPS is in charge of the overall coordination of the Project; Massimo Antichi, Central Director of INPS Research Department, is the Project Leader.
  • • Società Italiana di Servizi per la Previdenza Integrativa (SISPI SPA); Italy
  • • Federal Public Services Social Security (FPS Social Security); Belgium
  • • Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy (MRPiPS); Poland
  • • Ministry of Labour and Social Justice (MMsJS); Romania
  • • Ministry of Labour, Migrations and Social Security (MITRAMISS); Spain
  • • International and Iberoamerican Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP); Spain
  • • Agence Française d'Expertise Technique Internationale (Expertise France); France
  • • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA); Czech Republic
  • • Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione (SNA); Italy

Besides the specific project results, the SPRP provides a unique mechanism to support cooperation and partnership that has been set up between Europe and China, as by:

  • • Establishing a Mechanism for EU-China High Level Dialogue on other significant matters at a more global level.
  • • Creating several partnerships between Specialized Public Bodies of EU Member States and the Chinese Government Agencies


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