© Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy PolandOn April 3, the ILO received one of the highest honours of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Poland – the honorary badge primus in agendo (Latin: First in action). The award is given to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to improve labour or social policies.
The award was given to the ILO on the occasion of its Centenary which was celebrated in Warsaw with a conference discussing the recently published Report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.
In her speech at the award ceremony, Minister Elzbieta Rafalska referred to the long and close ties between ILO and Poland mentioning that Poland was a founding member of the ILO in 1919 and was among the nine countries drafting the ILO constitution.
Markus Pilgrim, ILO Director for Central and Eastern Europe accepted the award on behalf of the ILO and touched upon the recent history of ILO-Poland cooperation. The joint efforts contributed to the establishment of free and independent social partners and the transition of Polish labour and social policies since the early 1990s leading to Poland’s EU membership in 2004. “Today, Poland has joined the group of ILO’s development partners making voluntary contributions to the technical work of the ILO in other countries” said Markus Pilgrim. “In 2015, Poland supported a project strengthening labour inspections and social dialogue in Ukraine and we are confident that we will jointly continue this work.”