ILO Budapest Newsletter 2023 March

This issue, among others, reports on the ILO response to the crisis in Ukraine caused by the aggression of the Russian Federation, after one year of war. The newsletter also introduces programme results and new projects, including an EU- and SIDA-funded 5-million EUR project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and new collaborations with SECO and GIZ. Fresh publications and new staff are also featured in the newsletter.

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The EU and Sweden pooled resources to support a large employment creation program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The office secured support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs to assist Moldova in employment promotion, skills development, and formalisation. The German GIZ will support an innovative project improving mediation and grievance mechanisms in Serbian companies supplying to German industries.

We also passed the sad milestone of one year of war against Ukraine. This ILO responded to urgent humanitarian and development needs in Ukraine. There is a clear need and demand for more ILO support in Ukraine to address the challenges of economic stabilisation and job preservation. 


Read the testimonials of Ivanna Khrapko, Ukrainian trade unionist, who launched a volunteer initiative after the war broke out to help internally displaced Ukrainians; Oleksii Aleksandrov, a chef from Kherson who helped to distribute the humanitarian aid ILO provided, and Ella Albanska, who manufactured humanitarian aid packages within an initiative of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine and the ILO.


ILO proposes extra support measures for Ukraine, as war enters second year
A new ILO plan to support Ukraine’s labour and employment sector seeks to address humanitarian, as well as recovery needs.

Ukrainian manufacturing continues despite the war: How the Employers help their members to find new markets in the EU

With ILO assistance, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine supports members to seek new business partners and markets by facilitating networking between Ukrainian and EU companies. 

“Professional Education Online” – a new and innovative digital platform to sustain TVET education in Ukraine
 A new online platform created with ILO support assists 225,000 TVET students in keeping up with their studies. 


How to keep the lights on – Medium and large companies left without support on liberalized energy market in North Macedonia

The high cost of doing business, mainly caused by a sharp increase of energy prices, has eroded the competitive capacity of Macedonian enterprises, according to a recent enterprise survey the Organization of Employers of Macedonia carried out with ILO support.

Republic of Albania and ILO sign new cooperation agreement to pave the way for delivering decent work
The Republic of Albania and the ILO signed the next Decent Work Country Programme that will guide the work on creating more and better jobs for the country in the coming four years. The programme puts better protection at work, youth employment, and improved social dialogue in the focus. 

Infograph: Our work in figures 2022 


“Jobs for all” - European Union and Sweden pledge five million euros in support of employment of young women and the hard-to-employ in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In addition to creating improved employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, the new project “EU4Employment - Jobs for All” implemented by the ILO will also prepare a roadmap for the implementation of the reinforced Youth Guarantee. 

ILO and Swiss SECO launch collaboration to accelerate employment creation in Moldova
The ILO and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) combined efforts for employment promotion, skills development, and formalization. The launch of the project took place in Chisinau in February, with the participation of ILO Director-General Houngbo who was on an official visit in Moldova. 

Fair global supply chains: In Serbia, ILO and GIZ collaborate to improve grievance mechanisms
The ILO, with support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), will work on improving the system of mediation and grievance in Serbian enterprises. 


Dorina Nika, ILO National Project Coordinator explains what she does to improve access to labour justice for all workers in Albania through amicable dispute resolution with support from the Government of Sweden.


ILO interviewed Professor Ioana Alexandra Horodnic, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Iași, Romania on how informality affects workers and society.


SDG principles and positive practices by the textile, clothing, leather and footwear sector in Albania 

Local Employment Partnerships in the Soroca district, Moldova 

Child labour in Kosovo: An enquiry into the causes and impact of child labour