27 October 2022
After almost three years, staff from across the region gathered for a workshop focused on addressing future challenges.
22 September 2022
This issue, among others, reports on the ILO response to the crisis caused by the war against Ukraine. With ILO support, workers' and employers' organisations from Ukraine continue to provide emergency aid to internally displaced people and to enterprises that had to relocate. The ILO expanded collaboration with the State Labour Inspectorate of Ukraine on informing Ukrainian refugees on the risks of human trafficking and labour exploitation. The newsletter also introduces programme results and new projects. fresh publications and new staff.
18 August 2022
Milica Djordjevic, ILO National Project Coordinator of the MAP16 project, funded by the US Department of Labor, explains what she does to reduce child labour and forced labour in Serbia. Child labour means that children are too young for their work or it is harmful for them. The ILO has been supporting governments for decades to address their child labour concerns, always tailoring interventions to local needs. In 2017, the ILO and its partners came out with a strategy which defines country priorities. In addition, the ILO conducted a national survey in 2021 which shows that 9.5% of children in Serbia are in child labour, mainly in agriculture. The ILO trained about 400 professionals (social workers, police, prosecutors and labour inspectors) to identify child labour situations. Checklists, tools and standards are at their disposal to tackle cases. The decree on hazardous child labour was adopted so that children in child labour or forced labour can receive immediate assistance.
ITUC Global Rights Index 2022 shows that many workers in Central and Eastern Europe have no access to rights
19 July 2022
In July 2022, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released its yearly Global Rights Index. It shows that in Europe, the most frequently violated rights have been the right to strike and the right to bargain collectively. Through ratifications of ILO Conventions, governments of Central and Eastern Europe made obligations to implement workers’ rights. In reality, many workers face obstacles in accessing their rights.
23 June 2022
This issue, first and foremost, reports on ILO response to the crisis caused by the war against Ukraine. The ILO, with the support of its funding partners, repurposed several projects in Ukraine to respond to the most urgent humanitarian and employment-related needs. The newsletter introduces programme results and new projects. fresh publications and new staff.
18 May 2022
05 April 2022
In this issue of short interviews with important researchers and practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe on burning questions concerning labour and social policies, we talked to Zuzana Zavarska, Economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies. We asked her to explain how nearshoring may create economic opportunities for the Western Balkans.
24 March 2022
This issue reports on the work of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe in Ukraine disrupted by the war, introduces a new project, programme results, several beneficiary stories, features fresh publications and new staff. Videos with Project Managers inform viewers about what the regional office undertook to improve work opportunities in Ukraine and Montenegro.
Weak rule of law, unfair competition, and skills shortages: New survey detects what prevents Serbian enterprises from thriving
04 February 2022
A new diagnostic report of the Serbian Employers’ Association shows the major obstacles for doing business and creating jobs in the largest economy of the Western Balkans. The findings are based on a survey among 450 enterprises done with ILO support.
07 December 2021
This issue reports on ILO response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central and Eastern European region. It introduces programme results, several beneficiary stories and features a fresh publication and new staff. A video with a Technical Specialist informs viewers about what the regional office does to improve work opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.