Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Montenegro, social partners and the International Labor Organization on Decent Work Country Program (DWCP) 2019-2021 was signed on 8th of March 2019 in Podgorica.
On behalf of the Government of Montenegro the Memorandum on DWCP was signed by Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Kemal Purišić, on behalf of the International Labor Organization (ILO) by Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Heinz Koller, on behalf of Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF) by President Svetlana Vuksanovic, on behalf of Confederation of Trade Unions of Montenegro (SSCG) by Secretary General Duško Zarubica and on behalf of the Union of Free Trade Unions of Montenegro (USSCG) by Secretary General Srđa Keković.
The key challenges addressed by the DWCP are high long-term unemployment, elevated levels of youth unemployment and inactivity, high informality, and continued emigration. The key issue in the area of social security is the unsustainable pension system.
The programme addresses these decent work deficits by strengthening social dialogue mechanisms and collective bargaining, creating favorable conditions for employment and sustainable entrepreneurship, and through formalisation of the informal economy. Through the programme ILO also supports the EU accession negotiations of Montenegro, especially on chapter 19 covering employment and social policies.