November 2021

  1. MEET THE PROJECT MANAGER: Amra Seleskovic, Technical Officer on Strategies for Local Employment Development

    11 November 2021

    In this video, Amra Seleskovic, Technical Officer on Strategies for Local Employment Development of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe shares details of the work she does to create new labour market opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Local Employment Partnership II aims to reduce unemployment and ensure transition to formality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country characterized by high unemployment. The project, funded by the European Union, works with a unique methodology, wherein local authorities, employers, education institutions, public employment services and NGOs work together to identify the main local labour market issues and to jointly design programmes to address these issues. Local Employment Partnerships were launched in 2016 in BiH. In the current second phase, at least 1,600 people will benefit from job training programmes and 600 new jobs will be created.

September 2021

  1. MEET THE DIRECTOR: What has been the impact of the pandemic in the region?

    15 September 2021

    Markus Pilgrim, Director of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe talks about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on labour markets in the region, what the ILO has done to mitigate the impact and what the emerging trends are in employment. The pandemic led to a severe economic recession in the region, with about 8% of working hours lost in 2020, an equivalent of 10 million jobs. These losses translated into an increase in inactivity, many people dropping out of the labour market. The ILO CEE Office started to collect solid evidence on the impact of the pandemic in spring 2020, and produced assessment reports in four Western Balkan countries, which led to several policy changes in these countries. In addition, the office designed job and income protection measures, such as a cash transfer project for dismissed Albanian textile workers. The next big thing is the ongoing technological transformation, fair transition towards a digital and green economy, which means a major shift from traditional to new sectors and re-skilling.

August 2021

  1. MEET THE SPECIALISTS: Alessandra Molz, Skills

    16 August 2021

    Alessandra Molz, ILO Skills Specialist explains how she assists governments, worker and employer organizations in developing quality vocational education and training for young people, and lifelong learning opportunities for adult workers in Central and Eastern Europe. Her work includes skills needs anticipation, identifying skills mismatches, development of new methodologies, such as e-Learning and blended learning, and building bridges between employers and workers, or employers and education. The world of work is changing, young people and adults equally need new skills that prepare them for the future of work.

  2. Albanian judges use International Labour Standards in court decisions

    03 August 2021

    The ILO and the International Training Center of the ILO, together with the Albanian School of Magistrates, trained 50 Albanian judges and candidate magistrates on International Labour Standards (ILS) and how to use them in domestic case law. ILS are a source of labour law and a guide for judges on how to interpret labour law, strengthen court decisions or settle labour disputes. The ILO training was organized by the "Access to Justice in Labour Law Disputes through Mediation and Conciliation" project, funded by the Government of Sweden.

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    Meet the Specialists: Kenichi Hirose, Social protection

    03 August 2021

    Ken Hirose, Senior Technical Specialist for Social protection, Occupational Safety and Health, and Labour inspection shares how he assists ILO partners and constituents in improving the quality of work and safety of workers in Central and Eastern Europe. The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic at workplaces made ILO services in these areas sought after. In the post-pandemic period, extending social protection coverage to workers in non-standard forms of employment (part-time, undeclared, platform etc) will be a priority.

July 2021

  1. Meet the Specialists: Iulia Drumea, Employers' organizations

    16 July 2021

    Iulia Drumea, Employers' Organizations Specialist explains how she supports ILO work with Employers organizations in Central and Eastern Europe. Employers organizations work to create a business-friendly environment for their members. The ILO service offer focuses on recommendations Employers can use to influence national policies and regulations on entreprises; assistance to develop better services to members; and advising Employers on how to improve performance and grow their membership.

June 2021

  1. Meet the Specialists: Daniela Zampini, Employment creation

    14 June 2021

    Daniela Zampini, the Employment Specialist of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe explains what she does to create more and better jobs, how she works with governments, employers, workers, civil society organizations or municipalities, and what achievements she is most proud of. In 2020, due to COVID-19 related lockdowns, confinements, and other restrictions, CEE countries lost on average 8 per cent of their total working hours. Daniela explains how the ILO responded to the crisis.

  2. Meet the Specialists: Magnus Berge, Workers organizations

    14 June 2021

    Magnus Berge, Senior Specialist for Workers' Organizations explains how he supports ILO work with Trade Unions in Central and Eastern Europe. He promotes Trade Unions so that they can work more effectively to improve working conditions of workers and to protect workers' rights across the region. He advises Trade Unions when their rights are violated. ILO work with Workers organizations focuses on four areas: 1) helping Trade Unions modernize their operations and structures, 2) improve their service delivery to members, 3) helping them to communicate better about laws, workers' rights and services available for them, and 4) helping to draft good policy proposals on labour laws based on International Labour Standards.

May 2021

  1. EU4Business ILO project supported start-ups in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stories of beneficiaries

    06 May 2021

    Within the EU4Business project, with EU funding, the ILO promoted inter-municipal cooperation to provide inclusive support to start-ups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Local Employment Partnership established cooperation among three municipalities (Jablanica, Konjic and Kakanj) to support vulnerable groups to register and run their own businesses. Technical support included entrepreneurship training based on the ILO Start and Improve Your Business methodology. Financial support meant grants for the registration and operation of new businesses. Over 110 individuals from vulnerable categories (long term unemployed women, youth, persons with disabilities and persons over 50 years of age) received entrepreneurship training that resulted in the registration of 36 new businesses and generated over 40 new jobs.

  2. ILO provides cash transfers for female textile workers dismissed because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Albania

    05 May 2021

    Through the “Empowering Women Against COVID-19” project, financed by the Government of Sweden, the ILO provided cash transfers for dismissed female workers, and supported ten textile and footwear companies to establish healthy and safe conditions in the workplace.