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 60 staff members.

Our work in figures

Upcoming events

  1. Peer-learning exchange programme on Labour Market Statistics
    (with a focus on selected SDG indicators)

    As part of its ongoing efforts to assist member States in collecting and disseminating labour market data and statistics, the ILO is organising a peer-leaning event for staff of the statistical organizations operating in the Western Balkans (with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro).  The focus will be on the Labour Force Survey as a main source for estimating several SDG indicators and on opportunities to improve this instrument (including through LFS CAPI solutions).

    Date: 2-4 July, 2019
    Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Language: English, with interpretation into Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian
    Contact: Lejla Tanovic at

  2. Sub-regional Conference for Economic and Social Councils
    Date and location TBC

    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.

ILO100 events in the region

"The ILO and Bulgaria--100 years and in the future" international conference
27-28 June, 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria
Organiser: Bulgarian Association for Labour Law and Social Security, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

The ILO Centenary and the Future of Work conference
10-12 October, 2019 Zlatibor, Serbia
Organiser: Serbian Labour Law Association, supported by ILO and Austria

The Future of Work: confronting visions, conflicting policies?
4-5 December, 2019 Belgrade, Serbia
Organiser: Public Policy Research Center, supported by ILO