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FORUM: Regulation of labor relations and the labor market in the ICT sector

26 September 2017 (Tuesday), hotel Aleksandar Palace, Skopje, Hall K3

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Official opening

  • Mr. David Atteberry,  Mission Director of USAID Macedonia
  • Ms. Mila Carovska, Minister of Labor and Social Policy
  • Mr. Ljubomir Dimovski, Chief of Party USAID Project - Partnership for Better Business Regulation
  • Ms. Aneta Antova Pesheva, Deputy President of MASIT Managing Board

*Media statements

11:30 - 12:00

Analysis of the problems and challenges that ICT companies face in relation to the Law on Labor Relations
Mr. Jovan Najdenovski, Legal consultant

  • Presentation of the current legal solution
  • Perception of the legal solution in the business community
  • Problems and misunderstandings, the inadequacy of the legal solution
  • Requirements of the business community
  • Possible solutions
  • How to make the changes

Discussion/ questions and answers

12:00 - 12:30

Payment of labor and labor costs in Republic of Macedonia and the need of adjusting the existing regulations with the modern trends in the IT industry

Ms. Marijana Andrikj, Financial and tax consultant

  • Payment of gross salary (maximum and minimum bases)
  • Specification in evaluating work on holidays, overtime, night work in the IT industry
  • Current regulation for defining the allowances from employment: recourse, New Year's allowance, allowances for business trips, longer stay of IT personnel abroad, etc.
  • Opportunities for gifts / incentives / rewards for employees (financial and non-financial) and their definition in the current tax regulations
  • Payment of probation, internships

Discussion/ questions and answers

12:30 - 13:00

ICT and labor market: Success stories and experiences from the region

Mr. Krassen Stanchev, Professor and consultant from Bulgaria

  • Theory and international regularities (US, OECD and World Bank findings)
  • Different constellations and regulations in new Europe: Estonia, Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria
  • Typical Labor Code context of ICT Jobs, EU perspective
  • Taxes on labor and ICT jobs, elements of informality
  • ICT impact on labor markets
  • Financing ICT: implications for labor contracts
  • Innovation in practice, innovation in law
  • ICT business associations, business environment and advocacy

Discussion / questions and answers


13:00 - 13:30

Coffee break

13:30 - 15:30

FORUM discussion - Regulation of labor relations and the labor market within the ICT sector


  • Mr. Jovan Najdenovski, Legal consultant
  • Ms. Marijana Andrikj, Financial and tax consultant 
  • Mr. Krassen Stanchev, Professor and expert from Bulgaria
  • Ms. Mirjana Aleksevska, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • Mr. Mile Stojanovski, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • Mr. Zlate Stojanovski, State Labor Inspectorate
  • Ms. Aneta Antova Pesheva, Deputy President of Managing Board
  • Ms. Ivana Donchevska, Public Revenue Office

Discussion / questions and answers


Cocktail and Networking

Please note that the agenda is in process of updating and it is not final.

ФОРУМ 26.09.2017











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