EU-OSHA ENP Project in Ukraine
At the beginning of March, EU-OSHA travelled to Kyiv to meet with our colleagues in the Ukrainian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. We were assisted by the ILO, the EU Delegation to Ukraine and the European Commission as part of our European Neighbourhood Policy project. We were also ably assisted by EU-OSHA’s Estonian Focal Point who was able to provide an important Member State perspective on the work of the Agency.
Our colleagues in Ukraine face a number of challenges, but are working hard to develop a framework for managing occupational safety and health. EU-OSHA will work with the European Commission and ILO to support Ukraine and develop the capacity of everyone involved in improving workplace health and safety.
We had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the newly established State Service for Labour in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The new service will bring together different agencies, which were previously responsible for the different labour protection functions of the government.
During the meeting, we also met with both employer and worker representatives gaining an understanding of their views and concerns on the state of occupational health and safety in Ukraine. The National Research Institute of Industrial Safety and Health was also present along with representatives from national occupational safety and health periodicals.
Our visit provided an opportunity to learn more about the challenges and priorities for our colleagues in Ukraine and also an opportunity to introduce the work of the Agency and the EU system for managing occupational safety and health. Following the signature of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, information on the implementation of EU policy in the field of occupational safety and health is important for the newly established State Service of Labour and we will continue to provide support in this area.
We would like to thank our colleagues in Ukraine for welcoming us to Kyiv and for the informative and productive discussions that we had together. We are looking forward to working together in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy to help make our region a safer, healthier and more productive place to work.