ILO Budapest Newsletter 2020 May

This issue reports on ILO response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central and Eastern European region with an updated service offer and selected resources. It introduces programme results and new projects, and features fresh publications and staff. In focus: Local Employment Partnerships in the Republic of Moldova.

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic with an updated service offer and fresh evidence (rapid assessment reports, enterprise surveys) that show the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

ILO RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

COVID-19 and the World of work: Rapid assessment of the employment impacts and policy responses in North Macedonia 
The ILO/EBRD report says the decline in working hours in Q2 is equivalent to the loss of 85,550 full-time jobs.
 
ILO forecasts Western Balkan economies will lose 11.6 per cent hours worked in Q2 due to pandemic 
ILO global estimates show that the COVID-19 crisis is causing an unprecedented reduction in economic activity and working time. 
 
Enterprise surveys show to what extent the lockdowns affect companies
With ILO support, employers’ organizations from Montenegro and Ukraine conducted surveys among their member companies tracking the impact of the lockdowns. 25 percent of companies in Ukraine reported a complete shutdown, 40 percent of Montenegrin businesses were not in operation.
 
ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe: Service Offer for reducing the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis
Learn what the Office has done so far and what the service offer is for reducing the social and economic impact of the pandemic.

SELECTED ILO RESOURCES RELATED TO COVID-19 RESPONSE 

In the face of the pandemic: Ensuring safety and health at work 
The new ILO report examines how the World of Work is affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Global inventory of COVID-19 country policy responses
Search the ILO inventory by country to find out about the policies implemented by governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and the ILO in 188 member states.  
 
ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. Updated estimates and analysis 
The ILO regularly publishes global estimates of the economic and social impact of the pandemic. Read  the 4 ILO monitors.
 
International Labour Standards and COVID-19 
Key provisions of International Labour Standards related to the occupational safety and health concerns, job losses, leave entitlements, special arrangements etc. consequent to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW RESULTS

Introducing CEELex, the labour legislation database for Central and Eastern Europe 
The ILO recently launched CEELex, the only searchable, English-language online database offering information on the national labour laws in the region.  
 
Making Dual VET work: lessons learnt from Montenegro 
A recent evaluation of Dual Vocational Education and Training in Montenegro by ILO and the European Training Foundation showed that almost 60 percent of dual TVET students found a work after graduation.
 
Information campaign of Ukrainian labour inspectors brings 123,000 workers into formal employment in one month
Labour inspectors from the State Labour Service of Ukraine, supported by ILO, visited employers in the trade, hotel and restaurant sector in January 2020 to inform them about the risks of undeclared work.

NEW PROJECTS SIGNED

Market Systems Analysis in the Upper Basin of the Vjosa River, Albania
The ILO joined forces with UN Women for an intervention that stimulates sustainable and environmentally friendly development in the Upper Basin of the Vjosa River in Southern Albania.

Improving compliance with key International Labour Standards in Ukraine

The project assists the government, the social partners, and the judiciary to respect and apply the fundamental principles and rights at work when developing and implementing new labour legislation in Ukraine. 

IN FOCUS: LOCAL EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIPS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

ILO Local Employment Partnership creates new jobs for youth in Southern Moldova 
The Local Employment Partnership implemented by ILO reached out to 600 young NEETs in the Cahul region where the rate of inactive youth is the highest in Moldova.  
 
Beneficiary story: Local Employment Partnership in Moldova offers people not only jobs but also self-esteem 
Get to know Viorica Anghel, beneficiary of the ILO. She learnt bee-keeping and business management and ready to start her own business.
 
Moldovan entrepreneur supported by ILO finds the way to respond to COVID-19 in his community 

Mihai Balan's team now produces visors for hospital staff working in the first line of COVID-19 response. 

FRESH OFF THE PRINTING PRESS

The enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Moldova 2019 update

Towards effective and fucntional social dialogue in North Macedonia

COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid assessment of employment impacts and policy responses. North Macedonia

NEW STAFF