Prime Minister Dusko Markovic hosted Markus Pilgrim, Director of the ILO Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe.
They both expressed satisfaction with Montenegro – ILO relations and cooperation in each relevant area that already resulted in concrete outcomes especially in the scope of Decent Work Country Program 2015-2017.
Prime Minister Markovic highlighted an excellent communication the Government had with business community and social partners and estimated that such success was definitely underpinned by a good cooperation of Montenegro and the ILO which helped our country in the course of adoption of new standards having thus participated in Montenegro's progress. Director Pilgrim reckoned that partnership relations of the ILO and Montenegrin Employers Federation could serve as a model for other countries in the region in parallel to already traditionally good relations between the ILO and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare in every aspect.
Prime Minister informed the guest about Government priorities and successful realization of fiscal consolidation measures particularly emphasizing that in the process of preparation of strategic policies and everyday procedures the Government carefully listens and acts on impulses of each relevant societal segment since the objective is to have key policies defined based on quality dialogue.
Prime Minister also informed the guest about the Government's particular interest in closer cooperation with the International Labor Organization for the sake of finding the best solutions to further increase of efficiency in tackling informal economic activities especially those that related to workers' rights and undeclared work.
Prime Minister was acquainted with the analysis of parafiscal charges that ILO produced for every country in cooperation with partners – for Montenegro it had been realized with Montenegrin Employers Federation. Markovic in return pointed out the value of such document claiming that it will serve as analytical basis to the Government for creation of relevant legislation.
The meeting was also attended by MEF President, Svetlana Vuksanovic and the ILO Senior Adviser, Dragan Radic.
Source (in Montenegrin language): Government of Montenegro official website