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  1. Young entrepreneurs

    Where innovation meets job-creation: Centre for Entrepreneurship opens with ILO support in Sarajevo

    15 September 2020

    The new Centre for Entrepreneurship, opened on 4 September, 2020, provides long-term support to young entrepreneurs as they start their businesses and create new jobs. In the first round of support, eight of them launched their business ventures in the area of Information and Communication Technologies and creative industries. They are the first of a total of five groups of young entrepreneurs who will benefit from the EU4Business project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the form of technical support and grants to turn business ideas into registered companies.

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    COVID-19 and the World of work

    ILO/EBRD rapid assessment finds coronavirus crisis cost Serbia equivalent to 510.000 full-time jobs

    11 September 2020

    In Serbia, the coronavirus pandemic has led to a decline in working hours during the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to the loss of 510,000 full-time jobs. However, by offering the most generous and comprehensive economic package among the Western Balkan economies, the Serbian government contained “the expansion of poverty”, according to the new rapid assessment report, joint work of the ILO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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    Enterprises during the pandemic

    Rapid assessments on the impact of COVID-19 on enterprises in four Western Balkan countries reveal significant disruption and job loss but also readiness to resume operations

    26 August 2020

    The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures caused significant losses and disruptions for enterprises in the Western Balkans. To assess the challenges and needs of the business sector and identify relevant support measures, Employers and Business Membership Organizations in the region carried out a survey among their member enterprises. A total of 1600 enterprises responded to the survey between 8 April and 11 May 2020 in Albania, North Macedonia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska Entity) and Serbia. The survey was based on the ILO “Enterprise survey tool: Assessing the needs of enterprises resulting from COVID-19” and was conducted in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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    Lockdown generation

    Youth and COVID-19 in Poland: Impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being

    12 August 2020

    Between April and May 2020, the ILO and its partners in the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth (DJY) conducted a global survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on the lives of young people (aged 18-29) with regard to employment, education, rights, mental well-being and social activism. The study finds the impact of the pandemic on young people to be systematic, deep and disproportionate.

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    Press release

    ILO and EBRD jointly support small and medium enterprises in the fight against COVID-19 crisis in Moldova

    15 July 2020

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    COVID-19 and the World of work

    36,000 jobs are at immediate risk--EBRD/ILO advise Montenegro labour market after coronavirus

    25 June 2020

    Recommendations aimed at protecting vulnerable workers and exposed enterprises

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    International Labour Rights

    ITUC Global Rights Index 2020 shows workers’ rights violations occur too often in Central and Eastern Europe

    24 June 2020

    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released its yearly Global Rights Index in June 2020. This year, the report affirms that the violations of workers’ rights is increasing globally, and is the highest in seven years. For Central and Eastern Europe the ratings indicate that the situation is more stable than globally, but many workers in the region still lack access to rights.

  8. COVID-19: Supporting employment and incomes

    Shifting production to fight COVID-19 in Moldova

    15 June 2020

    Mihai Balan's small business in southern Moldova usually makes decorative souvenirs, but with the COVID-19 pandemic he shifted production to make visors for frontline health workers. Mihai Balan is a beneficiary of the ILO project "Promotion of Youth Employment", which is financed through the ILO Regular Budget Supplementary Account​.

  9. 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.

  10. 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”.