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8th ILO European Regional Meeting

Media advisory - Impact of Global financial crisis on world of work expected to be high on agenda of quadrennial meeting

The 8th European Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization will take place in Lisbon on 9-13 February amid growing concerns over the impact of the global financial crisis on the world of work in Europe and Central Asia.

Press release | 04 February 2009

LISBON (ILO News) – The 8th European Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will take place here on 9-13 February amid growing concerns over the impact of the global financial crisis on the world of work in Europe and Central Asia.

The meeting, held every four years, brings together representatives of governments, workers and employers from 51 European and Central Asian ILO member States and provides a unique platform for discussing policy responses to important employment and social challenges.

A Prime Ministers panel on comprehensive policy responses to the financial and economic crisis will be addressed by the Prime Minister of Portugal, H.E. José Socrates; H.E. Ms. Zinaida Greceanii, Prime Minister of Moldova; H. E. Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and H.E. Mr. Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. The panel will also include Mr. Jorge Rocha de Matos, President of the Portuguese Industrial Association, and Ms. Anne Demelenne, Secretary-General of the Belgian General Trade Union Confederation (FGTB). ILO Director-General Juan Somavia will chair the discussion.

At a special session, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation, together with the representatives of the social partners, will address measures to mitigate the negative impacts of the economic crisis on employment, the labour market and social conditions.

The discussion will be based on a special report prepared by the ILO on policy responses to the economic crisis. The report takes a close look at the stimulus packages introduced in the region and proposes an integrated policy approach, which places Decent Work at the centre of recovery efforts.

Mr. Somavia will also present two reports on decent work in the European region to the meeting, namely Delivering decent work in Europe and Central Asia Part 1 and Part 2, which assesses how different economic growth and productivity trends have affected employment performance and working and living conditions in the region while highlighting key policy challenges and proposing policy solutions, and Towards decent work outcomes: A review of ILO work for 2005–08, which catalogues concrete efforts by countries to progress towards decent work.

Throughout the five-day meeting there will be seven panel discussions on a range of work-related themes, including the economic context and the employment situation in the region, labour market policies and flexicurity, wage policy, social dialogue, policies to reconcile work and family, social protection and fundamental rights at work.

The Meeting will take place at the Lisbon AIP Congress Centre, located at Praça das Indústrias 1300-307, Lisbon. Registration of participants and media members will begin at 09:00 on February 9th. The opening session of the Meeting is scheduled to start at 10:00 on February 10th. For more information, including an agenda and background materials, please see contact and website information below.

Note to correspondents:

For media accreditation and interview requests, please contact the ILO Lisbon office at +35191/830-0184, santosa@ilo.org or the ILO Department of Communication at communication@ilo.org, +4122/799-7912.

Broadcast quality video material is available to broadcasters through the Department of Communication, Radio and TV unit at tv_radio@ilo.org.

More information on the 8th European Regional Meeting (/public/english/region/eurpro/geneva/what/events/lisbon2009/index.htm).