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    Ukraine crisis

    Ukraine works: How Labour Inspectors support employers and workers during the war

    05 July 2022

    The war has been going on in Ukraine for more than four months. Despite the hostilities enterprises keep working and both employers and workers show a high degree of resilience. The ILO assisted the Ukrainian Labour Inspectorate with trainings on psycho-social first aid to workers, the prevention of human trafficking and forced labour, information on employment relationships under martial law, and support to enterprises having to relocate.

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    Long term care for the elderly in Albania

    Albania faces a growing need of long-term care for its elderly population

    07 June 2022

    According to a recent ILO study, at least 91 thousand elderly in Albania are in need of long-term care. Less than 2 percent of them are currently receiving formal long-term care services and most of them rely on family members, in particular unpaid female carers. With a rapidly ageing population and continual out-migration, Albania is facing an imminent challenge to ensure access to affordable and quality care services for all elderly in need.

  3. Video

    MEET THE PROJECT MANAGER: Violeta Vrabie, ILO Project Coordinator Local Employment Partnerships

    01 June 2022

    Violeta Vrabie, ILO Project Coordinator explains what she does to create jobs that address local needs in rural communities in the Republic of Moldova. Local Employment Partnerships bring together local authorities, public employment agencies, producers' associations, educational institutions and NGOs to assess needs and come up with local labour opportunities. The 3 LEPs assisted by the ILO in Moldova so far created 700 jobs, launched 175 startups and trained 1,000 young men and women, including vulnerable people. Violeta and the local ILO team on the ground also supports the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Moldova in the drafting of the National Employment Programme 2022-2026.

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    Youth employment

    What works in youth employment? Results from an impact assessment of Montenegro’s largest internship programme for university graduates

    24 May 2022

    Youth employment has been high on the agenda of the Montenegrin Government. For 10 years, the Government has invested up to 8 Mio EUR per year for a large internship programme for university graduates. 9 out of 10 youth graduating each year from the universities of the small Adriatic country participated in the programme. At the request of the Government the ILO helped to assess the impact of the programme and found out that there have been no direct gains from participating in the programme in terms of employment or wages.

  5. TVET in Ukraine

    Education under fire: Vocational training and education in Ukraine during times of war−The example of Sumy region

    17 May 2022

    Since February 24, people in Ukraine have been living and working under the conditions of a full-scale war by the Russian Federation. One of the focus regions of ILO’s work on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was the Sumy region in northeast Ukraine. As the invasion started TVET had to be completely suspended for two weeks and educators needed to rearrange the educational processes. Today, as Russia’s troops have completely left Sumy*, TVET teachers are rushing to catch-up with their classes and students. We talked to Natalia Samoilenko, director of the Methodological Center for TVET in Sumy region, about the war losses of vocational education and training, current educational processes, and prospects for vocational education during the war.

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    Ukraine crisis

    Nearly 5 million jobs have been lost in Ukraine since the start of the Russian aggression, says ILO

    11 May 2022

    Amid the humanitarian crisis sparked by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, labour markets are being disrupted both in the country and in neighbouring states.

  7. Violence and Harassment

    Albania ratifies the Violence and Harassment Convention

    06 May 2022

    Albania becomes the 13th country in the world, and the 5th country in Europe, to ratify Convention No. 190.

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    New ILO report

    Social protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina at a crossroads: Challenges and key policy issues

    03 May 2022

    The recent ILO report says that the social protection system in Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing formidable challenges stemming from insufficient investment in closing the social protection gaps, inefficient resource allocation, and persistent inequalities, particularly in terms of gender. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the critical importance of building a comprehensive and resilient social protection system.

  9. ILO/Sweden Collaboration

    Laying the foundation for safer workplaces in Kosovo

    28 April 2022

    On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 on April 28th the Embassy of Sweden in Kosovo and the ILO signed a project agreement on promoting safety at work in Kosovo.

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    Increase of minimum wage

    North Macedonia: Raising the minimum wage to combat working poverty

    26 April 2022

    The Government of North Macedonia recently raised the legal minimum wage by 18% to 18,000 denars (290 EUR). Almost one out of five workers in the Southeast European country will benefit from this increase. The ILO provided technical assistance and supported discussions of government and social partners.