Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in the World of work in Montenegro

The new ILO project works towards assisting the labour market governance so that it responds with operational efficiency and the inclusion of vulnerable groups to the COVID-19 crisis.

The intervention builds on the findings and recommendations of the ILO/EBRD (first) Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses and enhances the capacities of selected institutions with direct responsibility for labour market governance and socio-economic stability. More specifically, the project works with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Employment Agency of Montenegro (EAM), and the Social Council to achieve a set of results over the short-term.

These include: a revision of the EAM’s processes and procedures; a basic attempt at digitalizing three fundamental processes and the vocational rehabilitation process for persons with disabilities; a plan for interoperability of databases to facilitate labour market integration and contrast informality; two updates of the rapid assessment jointly with the Social Council and the constituents; a series of policy notes to inform the COVID-19 policy response.