About us

The Regional Office, based at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, maintains overall responsibility for the ILO's presence and activities in the region (see Geographical competence). It takes the lead in defining programme priorities and activities, monitoring programme delivery, and providing support and coordination to its field structure.

Decent Work Teams and Country Offices (DWT/CO)

Under the responsibility of the ILO DWT/CO in Budapest are the Central and Eastern European countries (including Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova).

Under the responsibility of the ILO DWT/CO in Moscow are the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS countries - with the exception of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova).

The assistance provided by both DWT/CO is largely based on technical advisory services, covering both policy and practical issues. The DWT/CO are also playing a leading role in the implementation of several important technical cooperation projects.

The overarching objective of ILO assistance to all these countries is to anchor decent work firmly as a national goal and to contribute to its implementation through the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs).

ILO Offices

Under the direct responsibility of the Regional Office are the Western-European countries, including Cyprus, Malta, Israel and Turkey. The ILO has an Office in Brussels for the European Union and the Benelux countries and a network of Offices in Ankara, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Rome (also covering San Marino and the relations with the Holy See, which has an Observer's status). The United Kingdom and Ireland are serviced by a Liaison officer located in the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

National coordinators

Within the ILO, the system of National Coordinators is unique to the European region and, in some cases, dates back many years. Part of their role is to function as antennae and ensure that the Office is kept informed of national developments. They are also instrumental in enhancing the ILO's visibility at the national level. Another important part of their role is to effectively manage the consultations on the priorities and outcomes of DWCP's and position the ILO within the UN reform process.

Priorities for the European and Central Asian Region

The financial and economic crisis continues to have significant negative impacts on the labour market and social situation in Europe and Central Asia and hit particularly Central and Eastern European and Central Asian countries with high current account deficits and those with low incomes. The ILO is helping the European and Central Asian countries to mitigate the employment, labour and social impacts of the crisis through policy advice and technical assistance, taking into account its gender dimensions. While discussing the response to the economic and jobs crisis in a diverse and complex region: creating job-rich growth, promoting quality jobs through social dialogue, tackling youth unemployment and demographic challenges, promoting labour standards and policy coherence, the Oslo Declaration adopted at the 9th European Regional Meeting in Oslo, Norway in April 2013 shaped Europe's new priorities. See also Implementing the Oslo Declaration.

The Global Jobs Pact continues to play an essential part in ILO work and support to governments and social partners in the countries concerned. The Global Jobs Pact is designed to guide national and international policies aimed at stimulating economic recovery, generating jobs and providing protection to working people and their families.

Underpinning all our work will be the principles and values set out in the ILO's Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization - (June 2008).