Thank you, Chair.
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries Montenegro* and Albania*, the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this statement.
The EU and its Member States are committed to the promotion, protection, respect and fulfilment of human rights, including labour rights, as safeguarded by the fundamental ILO Conventions and other human rights instruments.
We firmly believe that compliance with ILO Conventions is essential for social and economic stability in any country and that an environment conducive to dialogue and trust between employers, workers and governments is the basis for solid and sustainable growth and inclusive societies.
The EU and its Member States stand with the people of El Salvador and we are committed to strengthening our cooperation through political and trade ties. The EU‑Central America Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), which entered into force in 2014, and the provisional application of the trade pillar of the EU - Central America Association Agreement since 2013, provide a framework for developing our partnership, including cooperation on trade and sustainable development, in particular on effective implementation, in law and practice, of the fundamental ILO Conventions.
We note with deep regret that no progress has been made in complying with the Convention and that social dialogue continues to be dysfunctional in the country, even though the case was already discussed in the last three sessions of the Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS), including as a serious case in 2017.
We welcome the inauguration and first session of the Higher Labour Council (Consejo Superior de Trabajo - CST) in September 2019 and the measures taken by the Government to initiate social dialogue and reactivate the CST following the Committee’s 2020 report. We welcome the finalisation of the National Decent Work Policy with ILO technical assistance. We note, however, observations of the National Business Association (ANEP) alleging acts of intimidation against its newly elected President. We ask the Government to provide further information with regard to these allegations, as well as detailed and updated information on the measures adopted to ensure the effective operation of the CST and on the content and outcome of the tripartite consultations held within the framework of the CST.
Regrettably, we note the Committee’s observations that the Government has not provided information on the tripartite consultations held on the draft Protocol on the submission procedure, nor on the progress made with its adoption. The EU and its Member States join the Committee’s repeated call to share updated information on this issue without further delay.
The Government has equally failed to provide information in its report on the tripartite consultations held on matters relating to international labour standards covered by the Convention. We request the Government once again to rectify these reporting obligations.
We also ask the Government to continue providing detailed and updated information on the measures adopted or envisaged to promote tripartism and social dialogue in the country within the context of ILO technical assistance and on their outcome. We urge the Government to honour constructively and genuinely its commitment to effectively implement in law and practice all ratified ILO Conventions, including the fundamental Conventions and Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation.
The EU and its Member States remain committed to joint constructive engagement with El Salvador, including through cooperation projects, which aim to strengthen the government’s capacity to address the issues raised in the Committee's report.
Thank you Chair.
 *Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.