Today, June 6, the Palais des
Nations in Geneva hosted a meeting of a Ukrainian delegation headed by Vice
Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko and Director-General
of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder. During the meeting
Pavlo Rozenko handed over to Guy Ryder the instrument
of ratification by Ukraine of the ILO Convention No. 102.
"September 16 is, without exaggeration, a landmark date
for Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified No. 102 Convention concerning Minimum Standards of Social Security.
It took Ukraine over 10 years to make this event happen”, said Vice Prime
Minister Pavlo Rozenko following the signing of the
ratification documents. “Ratification of Convention No. 102 should become for
Ukraine a starting point for further development of social policy focusing on a
higher level of social protection and social security of citizens."
Pavlo Rozenko noted that the entry
into force for Ukraine of the ILO Convention concerning Minimum Standards of
Social Security No. 102 would contribute to aligning Ukrainian legislation in
the field of social security with international standards, in particular
standards of the International Labour Organization. In addition, according to
him, it creates preconditions for Ukraine's accession to the European Code of
Social Security as a whole.
"We realize that the work in this direction is just
beginning, and it will be associated with the implementation of Convention No.
102 and further submission of national reports regarding its application for consideration
by the ILO Committee of Experts on the
Application of Conventions and Recommendations", said Pavlo Rozenko.
"Ukraine expects to receive technical support from the
ILO, which should be aimed at ensuring higher levels of protection for maximum coverage
of all segments of the population, taking into account economic and financial
possibilities of the state", explained the Vice Prime Minister.
As is known, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the
Convention of the International Labour Organization No. 102,
thereby it guarantees citizens the minimum standards of social security. By this
law, Ukraine acceded to 9 out of 15 sections of the Convention.
The document defines types of social assistance, the
conditions and amount of social payments, provides for minimum standards when
major social risks occur.
As was reported,
the Ukrainian delegation takes part in the 105th Session
of the International Labour Conference. The delegation includes Vice
Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, Minister of Social
Policy of Ukraine Andrii Reva, Deputy Minister
of Social Policy Valerii
Yaroshenko, acting Chairman of the State Employment
Kravchenko, Head of the State Labour
Service of Ukraine Roman Chernega, National
ILO Coordinator in Ukraine Serhii Savchuk, representatives of trade unions, employers etc.