ILO in Central and Eastern Europe

ILO response to COVID-19 pandemic in the region

Chart of the month: Mobility trend report in Bosnia and Herzegovina shows high level of economic inactivity during lockdown

As the mobility trend shows in the forthcoming joint ILO/EBRD rapid assessment report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the lockdown reduced the economic activity of the population. The inactivity harshly compressed several sectors such as tourism and hospitality, recreation and arts, transportation, trade, and the economy at large.



  • Volodymyr Herman, welding instructor, Rivne, Ukraine

    Beneficiary voices: How did the ILO help?

    "I offer private  welding courses that train workers according to European quality standards. The Start and Improve Your Business training offered by the ILO taught me how I should organize my business and build a strong marketing plan. In the first year, I trained 93 students out of whom 60 were hired. Today, I have 10 Polish and 16 Ukrainian companies as permanent clients. I give workers skills that make them competitive on the labour market, and my welding classes provide me a living, too."

  • Viorica Anghel, beekeeper and small business owner, Andrușul de Jos, Republic of Moldova

    Beneficiary voices: How did the ILO help?

    "I have a disability but that did not stop me from participating in the ILO scheme for identifying business opportunities for people in rural Moldova called Local Employment Partnership. The scheme trained me in bee-keeping and I also received financial support to buy bee families and equipment.  The most valuable thing that I acquired, besides knowledge and financial aid, was the confidence that all those involved in this project offered to me and now I am determined to transmit this feeling to other people."

  • Aleksandar Ristovski, Assistant Professor of Labour Law in Skopje, North Macedonia and a national expert in the CEELex Network

    Beneficiary voices: How did the ILO help?

    "When I use CEELex, the online searchable database of labour law developed by the ILO for our region, I find it easy to search the specific normative solutions in the national labour legislations in Central and Eastern Europe.  As an expert, I used the provisions in CEELex to develop my stances on collective agreements and on the regulation of certain non-standard forms of work not yet covered by Macedonian national labour law."

  • Valentyna Kysla, owner of a car tuning company in Kamyshany, Ukraine

    Beneficiary voices: How did the ILO help? 

    "The ILO training Start and Improve Your Business gave me competence and confidence to launch my business in interior car tuning. The trainers were real entrepreneurs, not just theorists and I got all the answers to my questions. I put the knowledge to a good use, and now I am in the process of expanding the business. I moved to a better location, my business grew by 40% and I am planning to hire additional staff.  I am going strong!"

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