ILO in Central and Eastern Europe

The ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe provides advisory services to 18 member countries to develop policies and programmes that promote more and better jobs for all women and men. The work of the office focuses on the four strategic objectives of the ILO, promoting rights at work, encouraging decent and productive employment, enhancing social protection, and strengthening social dialogue. Geographically, the office concentrates on the Western Balkans, Moldova, and Ukraine. The office was established in 1993 and is located in Budapest, Hungary, with additional offices in the region. The team currently consists of 55 staff members.

Upcoming events

  1. High Level Conference on the Future of Work
    21-22 March, 2018--Sofia, Bulgaria

    Bulgaria has set “The Future of Work” as a priority topic under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2018.  The conference is a contribution to the ILO Future of Work Initiative which forms part of the ILO centenary initiatives celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ILO in 2019. The Conference is expected to be attended by delegates from EU Member States and EU candidate countries, the European Commission, ILO, other UN agencies, and the World Bank.
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    Industrial relations in Europe: Fostering equality at work and cross-country convergence? - 17-18 May, 2018, Paris

    High-level conference organised by ILO in cooperation with the European Commission
    Following up on the findings of an ILO project, the conference will discuss the long-term trends in social and economic indicators in the European Union, and the role of social dialogue and industrial relations in reducing inequalities and fostering convergence.  Participants will present best practices and policies, and debate policy suggestions.   The conference will be attended by government, trade union and employer representatives and experts of 28 EU member countries, FRY Macedonia and Turkey. 

  3. 3rd Annual Meeting of Network of Agencies for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes
    May 2018--Belgrade, Serbia

    The network promotes professional development and enhances collaboration among the bodies responsible for the prevention and peaceful resolution of labour disputes. At the meeting, members with share lessons learnt with peers and draft a joint programme for the upcoming 2 years.

  4. Sub-regional Conference for Economic and Social Councils
    October 2018--Budapest, Hungary

    The conference will focus on the results and achievements in the implemention of the specific actions that the Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) have committed to to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the ESCs. Tripartite delegations, ESC secretariats and ILO officials will attend the meeting.