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  1. COVID-19 and the World of Work

    Impact of pandemic requires massive state intervention in North Macedonia: ILO and EBRD advise government on labour market after coronavirus

    28 May 2020

    The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) established a joint task force to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the region’s economies. The EBRD/ILO Task Force was invited by the Economic and Social Council in North Macedonia to support the development of policy responses when the public health threat developed into a global pandemic with economic consequences.

  2. COVID-19 and the World of Work

    COVID-19 rapid assessment: Federation of Employers of Ukraine releases business impacts and responses

    21 May 2020

    The Federation of Employers of Ukraine (FEU), the largest and most representative employer organization in the country, conducted a survey between 10 and 27 April, 2020 to scan the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among its member enterprises. 121 enterprises responded to the survey which is based on the ILO “Enterprise survey tool: Assessing the needs of enterprises resulting from COVID-19”.

  3. COVID-19 and the World of Work

    Rapid assessment of Montenegrin Employers Federation reveals extent of COVID-19 impact on businesses

    21 May 2020

    The Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF) presented the findings of the first rapid assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on enterprises in Montenegro on 20 May, 2020. The assessment involved 430 businesses which responded to the survey between 10 and 30 April. The survey was based on the ILO “Enterprise survey tool: Assessing the needs of enterprises resulting from COVID-19” and conducted in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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    COVID-19 and the World of Work

    ILO forecasts Western Balkan economies will lose 11.6 per cent hours worked in Q2 due to pandemic

    21 May 2020

    ILO global estimates show that the COVID-19 crisis is causing an unprecedented reduction in economic activity and working time. The ILO estimates for quarter 2 indicate that the Western Balkans will lose 11.6 per cent of hours worked due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is equivalent to 810,000 employment losses in terms of full time posts (assuming 40 hours per week).

  5. Beneficiary story

    Moldovan entrepreneur supported by ILO finds the way to respond to COVID-19 in his community

    24 April 2020

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    Interview

    How does the ILO assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labour markets in Montenegro and worldwide?

    23 April 2020

    Interview with Markus Pilgrim, Director of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe. The interview was made at the request of MINA and published by several local media in Montenegro on 20 April, 2020.

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    Support for workers, businesses and policy makers in the Western Balkans

    ILO and EBRD joining forces in face of coronavirus pandemic

    17 April 2020

    The ILO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are joining forces to respond to the coronavirus crisis in the Western Balkans by advising national policy action to support workers and enterprises.

  8. A network and online platform of labour law

    Introducing CEELex, the labour legislation database for Central and Eastern Europe

    07 April 2020

    The ILO recently launched CEELex which is the only searchable, English-language online database offering information on the national labour laws in Central and Eastern Europe. Established in 2015 to respond to an increasing demand of policy makers for technical advice on labour legislation, CEELex has recently gone public to reach a wider audience. The topics covered by the new online platform range from collective bargaining to working conditions (i.e. minimum wage, working hours), termination of employment contracts, labour dispute resolution, and non-standard forms of employment.

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    Skills development

    Making Dual VET work: Lessons learnt from Montenegro

    06 April 2020

    What is the most effective way to learn a new skill? Most people will say “through practice”. It is well-known that increasing the share of company-based learning in Vocational Education and Training (VET) yields much learning effects than school-based training only. A recent evaluation of Dual VET in Montenegro by ILO and the European Training Foundation (ETF) showed promising results. Almost 60% of dual TVET students found a work after graduation while the placement rate under the traditional school based system is around an estimated 30%.

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    COVID-19 response

    ILO sets up Task Team in North Macedonia to inform Government response to COVID-19 crisis

    03 April 2020

    The ILO established a Task Team of employment and labour law specialists to come up with answers and solutions to world of work problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic in North Macedonia. The multidisciplinary team is led by ILO and includes national experts and representatives of the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the Economic and Social Council.