The ILO at Work: Results 2014-2015

ILO results in Europe and Central Asia

ILO work in 2014-15 prioritized addressing youth employment, strengthening social dialogue, promoting an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises, and improving working conditions and occupational safety and health. In many countries of the region informality has emerged as a key issue. Migration has also re-emerged as a priority, particularly in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Unemployment is tragically expanding the frontiers of poverty. This is particularly disheartening for unemployed young people who can all too easily become demoralized, losing their sense of worth, feeling alienated from society. In working for greater opportunities for employment, we affirm the conviction that it is only ‘through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive work that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their life."

Message of Pope Francis to the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference, 22 May 2014


  • In Ukraine, in order to address the issue of internally displaced people, the ILO has supported employment promotion by building the capacity of employment services and assisting in enforcing active labour market policies.
  • With the massive influx of refugees from Syria, the ILO is working with Turkish constituents to increase national and local capacities to deal with this crisis, in particular through the labour market integration of vulnerable groups.
  • The ILO has supported the establishment of a regional knowledge sharing and mutual peer learning platform for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Georgia.
  • The ILO  has helped develop and adopt national action plans on youth employment in Cyprus and FYROM, and a national youth guarantee scheme in Portugal with a performance monitoring framework.
  • The knowledge base and capacities of employers’ organizations in Armenia, Albania, FYROM, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have been strengthened, enabling them to define actions and measures to improve the business environment.
  • The ILO has been working towards the design and implementation of policies that will improve the quality and productivity of jobs in the Republic of Moldova and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • In Montenegro, the ILO has facilitated the exchange of knowledge on the drivers, costs and possible remedies for informality, best practices, and steps towards the implementation of the ILO’s Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204).