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March 2005

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest In Central and Eastern Europe, gender "mainstreaming" gathers force

    09 March 2005

    In Norway, parents receive 12 months maternity leave - with mothers permitted nine months and fathers three - and moves are now afoot to introduce quotas for women's participation in company boards. In Central and Eastern Europe however, benefits haven't progressed this far, but the awareness of the special problems facing women in the world of work is growing. This report shows how efforts in gender "mainstreaming" are growing in the region.

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest New Social Dialogue in Central and Eastern Europe

    08 March 2005

    Social dialogue in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) mainly takes place at the national tripartite level and to a lesser extent at other levels, including the enterprise one. Bipartite social dialogue at the sectoral level remains relatively underdeveloped – in contrast to practices in Western Europe. Bridging the gap between these two levels has become an important goal for the European Union, which seeks to strengthen the social partners in new Member States so they can participate effectively in social dialogue at the sectoral, national, and EU level.

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest Ministers' meeting supports ILO report on globalization

    08 March 2005

    One of the key items discussed at the ILO's 7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest was the 2004 report of the ILO's World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. An informal ministerial meeting brought together labour ministers and other government representatives from 50 European and Central Asia countries, as well as European Union Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, who gave the report strong support.

February 2005

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    Managing transitions: Pensions - 7th ILO European Regional Meeting in Budapest, Hungary

    18 February 2005

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    Managing transitions: Migration - 7th ILO European Regional Meeting in Budapest, Hungary

    18 February 2005

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    Managing transitions: Flexicurity - 7th ILO European Regional Meeting in Budapest, Hungary

    18 February 2005

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest Trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe confront challenges

    18 February 2005

    Throughout most of Europe, trade unions are struggling to meet the challenges posed by globalization. In the new EU Member States of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well as other countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe, these difficulties have been compounded by the economic and social costs of transition to systems of market democracy.

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    Managing transitions: Youth - 7th ILO European Regional Meeting in Budapest, Hungary

    17 February 2005

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest The impact of ageing on labour markets and pension reform

    17 February 2005

    Although the establishment of national pension schemes in the world's industrialized countries ranks among the great achievements of the twentieth century, and those schemes have proved effective in alleviating poverty among the elderly, adjustments are needed if current levels of well-being are to be maintained. Ageing and its impact on labour markets and pension systems is one of the main issues to be discussed at the European Regional Meeting of the ILO in Budapest on 14 to 18 February. ILO online spoke with Emmanuel Reynaud, head of the Social Security Policy and Development Branch.

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    7th European Regional Meeting in Budapest Balancing flexibility, stability and security in European labour markets

    16 February 2005

    Policymakers all over Europe are facing the crucial challenge of regulating a rapidly evolving labour market in the context of the globalized economy. Will they listen to calls made for greater flexibility to overcome what have often been characterized as the region's labour market rigidities: employment protection and legislation, union bargaining power, generous welfare systems and high labour taxation? Or can they place their trust in a "flexicurity" model: new ways of balancing flexibility and security in relation to employment, income and social protection? "Flexicurity" is one of the main issues to be discussed at the forthcoming European Regional Meeting of the ILO in Budapest on 14 to 18 February. ILO Online spoke with ILO employment experts Sandrine Cazes, Alena Nesporova and Peter Auer.