International Labour Organization – ILO

Advancing social justice, promoting decent work

The International Labour Organization is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of social dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has 187 member states, is the oldest UN agency (established in 1919), and is the only tripartite agency of the UN system.

The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe provides advisory services to 18 member countries. Geographically, the office concentrates on the Western Balkans, Moldova, and Ukraine. The office was established in 1993 and is located in Budapest, Hungary, with additional offices in the region. The team currently consists of 60+ staff members.

The ILO has permanent presence in North Macedonia since 2009 with a National Coordinator. The current Decent Country Work Programme for North Macedonia (2019-2022) is the main vehicle for delivery of ILO support to Government, Employers and Trade Unions. The programme aims at improving social dialogue as a means to create more and better jobs, harmonizing labour legislation with International labour Standards and the EU acquis, drafting a new national employment strategy, promoting employment creation with a focus on youth, establishing a skills needs anticipation system, and improving occupational safety and health.

In the period 2018- 2019, the ILO provided technical assistance in the following areas:

  • - developing the Youth Guarantee programme;
  • - impact assessment of the minimum wage reform;
  • - revising the Employment and Social Reform Programme 2022;
  • - developing the Macedonian Occupational Outlook;
  • - drafting the Labour legislation;
  • - revitalization of the Local Economic and Social Councils;
  • - establishing the Governmental procedure for a mandatory consultation with the Economic and Social Council.

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