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. Employment policy implementation workshop for the Western Balkans and Ukraine

    Within the second phase of the ADA co-funded project Promoting Inclusive Labour Market Solutions in the Western Balkans, the ILO continues to deliver a mutual learning programme (MLP) for the labour market institutions in the Western Balkans and Ukraine. The objective of the workshop is to review the employment policy implementation mechanisms used by peer countries to ensure the delivery of employment targets and to learn from European Union experiences, focusing on employment policies for vulnerable groups.
    Location: Tirana, Albania
    Date: 10-12 September, 2019
    Contact: Katarina Crnjanski-Vlajcic and Daniela Zampini at

  2. Working conditions and the IT sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    ILO-Budapest and the ILO Lab project will deliver a half-day workshop on defining and addressing decent work deficits in the IT sector in cooperation with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop will target  the SDC key project staff and selected direct beneficiaries (start-ups)  under the SDC's ongoing projects in the country.
    Organizer: ILO-Budapest
    Date: 19 September, 2019
    Location: Sarajevo, BiH

  3. "Fostering tripartite social dialogue in the Western Balkans"
    High level meeting of the Economic and Social Councils
    of the Western Balkans

    The conference will focus on the results and achievements in the implementation 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.
    Organizer: Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) 
    Date: 24-25 September, 2019
    Location: Skopje, North Macedonia

ILO100 events in the region

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

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