International Labour Standards
20 July 2018
19 July 2018
The ILO project Economic and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) organized the third Annual Meeting of the Sub-regional Network of Agencies for Amicable Settlement of Labour Disputes on 4-6 July, 2018 in Arandjelovac, Serbia. The meeting brought together directors of bodies for peaceful settlement of labour disputes and labour conciliators from Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with the view of discussing legislative trends, sharing case management experiences and identifying future up-skilling needs.
Local employment partnerships
18 July 2018
New ILO programme brings together businesses, schools, employment services, the social partners and other civil society organizations to create jobs for youth, women and people in rural areas.
Better employment services
12 July 2018
Practitioners and decision-makers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia gathered in Budapest on 25-26 June 2018 to participate in the closing event of the first peer-learning programme for public employment agencies from the region.
Enterprise development and job creation
Is small still beautiful? ILO supports FYR Macedonia in coming out with new small enterprise strategy
29 June 2018
In April 2018, the Macedonian Government adopted a new 5-year strategy to support the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The ILO assisted the Ministry of Economy in the development of the strategy and the accompanying action plan 2018-2020 as SMEs are a major job creation engine.
22 June 2018
Ukraine is among the countries with the highest rates of work accidents in mines. Therefore the ILO trains miners on the prevention of accidents in the industry.
Social policies, better life quality
15 June 2018
The Center for Social Policy, a Belgrade-based think tank organised the conference “The future of the welfare state” with support from the ILO and other UN agencies on 6-8 June 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference gathered 200 participants from the region and beyond and created a new regional platform to explore challenges and showcase policies that lead to better governance and quality of life for citizens. Mr. Zarko Sunderic, Director of the Center for Social Policy, said the objective of the forum is the improvement of the quality of life in the region.
01 June 2018
Bulgaria recently ratified the ILO Minimum Wage Fixing Convention. With signing this document Bulgaria commits to establish a system of fixing and adjusting minimum wages. The overall objective is to improve standards of living in the country which lost almost a fourth of its population in the last two decades due to outward labour migration.
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)
28 May 2018
Slovakia is the 87th Member State of the ILO that ratifies this convention.
Local Employment Partnerships
Peer-to-peer learning at work: Montenegro Government delegation visits ILO project on local employment partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina
22 May 2018
Employment challenges might be very specific to regions and territories. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a cooperation project of local municipalities, employment services, employers and schools implemented by the ILO with support from EU has proven to be a successful approach to create jobs for the long-term unemployed and other vulnerable people. The good news spread quickly beyond BiH and in March 2018 a Government delegation from Montenegro led by Edina Desič, Deputy Minister of Labour, visited the municipality of Orašje, BiH, to learn how to support these partnerships for employment promotion.