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    ILO/EU partnership

    Youth Guarantee garners speed in the Western Balkans

    14 October 2021

    Inspired by similar schemes in the EU Member States, a youth guarantee is a commitment to support every young person under the age of 30 who is not employed, in education or training (so-called NEETs). This commitment entitles young people to receive a good quality offer of employment, traineeship, apprenticeship, or continued education and training within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.

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    Decent Work Country Programme

    Republic of Moldova and ILO sign new cooperation agreement to ensure best results in delivering decent work

    12 October 2021

    On 7 October, 2021 the Republic of Moldova 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. In the focus of the programme are inclusive and productive employment for youth, effective protection at work, and improved social dialogue. ILO support includes assistance to the National Employment Agency and the State Labour Inspectorate, increasing compliance with International Labour Standards, skills needs anticipation and reducing informality, among others.

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    Three essential questions to Aleksandar Ristovski, Professor of Labour Law, Skopje

    21 September 2021

    In the third 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 Aleksandar Ristovski, Professor of Labour Law at ‘Ss. Cyril and Methodius’ University in Skopje, North Macedonia. We asked him about the restriction of labour rights following the COVID-19 crisis, particularly those of the most vulnerable, and about how to guarantee labour rights as we are building back better.

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    Job-rich recovery for women

    Three Essential Questions: Interview with Réka Sáfrány, President of European Women's Lobby

    15 September 2021

    This is the second issue of short interviews with important researchers and practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe on burning questions concerning labour and social policies. The interviewee this time is Réka Sáfrány, newly elected President of the European Women's Lobby. We asked her about women's labour participation in the region, why the pandemic hit women disproportionally and the most vulnerable within this group of workers.

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    MEET THE DIRECTOR: What has been the impact of the pandemic in the region?

    15 September 2021

    Markus Pilgrim, Director of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe talks about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on labour markets in the region, what the ILO has done to mitigate the impact and what the emerging trends are in employment. The pandemic led to a severe economic recession in the region, with about 8% of working hours lost in 2020, an equivalent of 10 million jobs. These losses translated into an increase in inactivity, many people dropping out of the labour market. The ILO CEE Office started to collect solid evidence on the impact of the pandemic in spring 2020, and produced assessment reports in four Western Balkan countries, which led to several policy changes in these countries. In addition, the office designed job and income protection measures, such as a cash transfer project for dismissed Albanian textile workers. The next big thing is the ongoing technological transformation, fair transition towards a digital and green economy, which means a major shift from traditional to new sectors and re-skilling.

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    MEET THE SPECIALISTS: Alessandra Molz, Skills

    16 August 2021

    Alessandra Molz, ILO Skills Specialist explains how she assists governments, worker and employer organizations in developing quality vocational education and training for young people, and lifelong learning opportunities for adult workers in Central and Eastern Europe. Her work includes skills needs anticipation, identifying skills mismatches, development of new methodologies, such as e-Learning and blended learning, and building bridges between employers and workers, or employers and education. The world of work is changing, young people and adults equally need new skills that prepare them for the future of work.

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    ILO support for Trade Unions during the pandemic

    ITUC Global Rights Index for 2021 shows that COVID-19 impacted workers’ rights in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 August 2021

    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has released its yearly Global Rights Index for 2021. The report shows that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in violations of workers’ rights across the globe. In Europe, the most frequently violated rights have been the rights to strike, to go for collective bargaining, and to establish and join a trade union. For Central and Eastern Europe, the index shows a mixed picture. While some countries increased workers’ access to rights, other countries moved in the opposite direction.

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    Albanian judges use International Labour Standards in court decisions

    03 August 2021

    The ILO and the International Training Center of the ILO, together with the Albanian School of Magistrates, trained 50 Albanian judges and candidate magistrates on International Labour Standards (ILS) and how to use them in domestic case law. ILS are a source of labour law and a guide for judges on how to interpret labour law, strengthen court decisions or settle labour disputes. The ILO training was organized by the "Access to Justice in Labour Law Disputes through Mediation and Conciliation" project, funded by the Government of Sweden.

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    Meet the Specialists: Kenichi Hirose, Social protection

    03 August 2021

    Ken Hirose, Senior Technical Specialist for Social protection, Occupational Safety and Health, and Labour inspection shares how he assists ILO partners and constituents in improving the quality of work and safety of workers in Central and Eastern Europe. The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic at workplaces made ILO services in these areas sought after. In the post-pandemic period, extending social protection coverage to workers in non-standard forms of employment (part-time, undeclared, platform etc) will be a priority.

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    Modernizing Vocational education

    The future is “blended”: strengthening digital TVET in Ukraine

    30 July 2021

    Like many countries around the globe, by the beginning of 2020 teachers in Ukraine were thrusted into a new reality. Education shifted to e-Learning almost overnight. Looking back, one major lesson from school closures is, that well-designed e-Learning can be a meaningful complement to face-to-face learning. It diversifies education delivery, appeals better to different learning styles and this enhances learning transfer. While TVET students are now gradually returning to school, it is clear that e-Learning is here to stay. Blended learning – the combination of face-to-face with e-Learning - will become the “new normal” in education. To support the continuity of learning during the pandemic and to modernise TVET beyond the duration of the pandemic, in June 2020 the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine asked ILO Budapest for support in developing quality e-Learning solutions for TVET.