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 55 staff members.

Upcoming events

  1. Labour: Our Life. Documentary films on the world of work at 15th Verzió Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    6-11 November, 2018. Budapest, Hungary
    15-25 November 2018. Pécs/Kecskemét/Szeged, Hungary

    In collaboration with Verzió Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the ILO supports a thematic block of 7 documentary films focusing on labour issues entitled "Labour: Our Life".  The captivating stories from all over the world explore the working conditions in Ukrainian coal mines, a case of slavery in Hungary, the daily life of construction workers in Qatar to name just a few issues from the long list the films look at. The detailed programme can be found here.

  2. ILO training for trade union lawyers and leaders on the use of International Labour Standards and its supervisory machinery
    26-28 November, 2018 Budapest, Hungary

    The training will tackle the Trade Union challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and provide an introduction into the ILO International Labour Standards system and the role of TUs in the ILO supervisory machinery. Participants will review particular conventions and protocols, and hear case studies.


  3. "A market systems approach to decent work" introductory training
    27-29 November, 2018  Podgorica, Montenegro

    The Lab project  within the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit of the ILO conducts an introductory workshop on a market systems development (MSD) approach for decent work. The MSD approach aims to unlock sustainable sector growth alongside improved decent work outcomes. Participants include the Montenegrin Employers Federation Staff and ILO National Programme Coordinators from the Western Balkans.

  4. Sub-regional Conference for Economic and Social Councils
    Date and location TBC

    The conference will focus on the results and achievements in the implemention 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.