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ILO - GB341 - EU Statement: Procedure for the appointment of members of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations

Geneva, 25/03/2021 - 18:00, UNIQUE ID: 210326_5
Statements on behalf of the EU

341st session of the ILO Governing Body, 15–27 March 2021 - EU Statement: Procedure for the appointment of members of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, GB.341/LILS/6


I have the honour of speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia*[1], Montenegro*, and Albania*, as well as the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this statement.

We align with the IMEC Statement.

  1. I would like to thank the Office for preparing this report on LILS/6, which gives full transparency to the procedure for the appointment of members of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
  2. Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of the work of the Committee of Experts. It plays a pivotal role of a technical nature in the ILO standard related work to develop, promote and supervise international labour standards, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. We note the information provided by the Office in relation to the evolution of the composition of the Committee procedure as well as the criteria and the selection process for the appointment of committee members. We are pleased to note under paragraph 12 that the Committee of Experts has now generally attained, in its current composition of 11 men and 9 women, gender parity  - including the appointment of its first woman chairperson in 2019. We also welcome the geographical distribution of appointments across each region which further bolsters the capacity of the Committee to fulfill its role.
  4. We support and endorse the principles under which the Committee of Experts functions; full independence, objectivity and impartiality, and the authority this confers to the work undertaken by its members.
  5. We support the current selection process outlined in the document. The EU underlines that the selection process must lead to an outcome in which the impartiality and independence of new members cannot be questioned. The EU feels that the current selection process, in which members are appointed by the GB on the recommendation of the Director-General, adequately safeguards this necessity. 
  6. We note the recent and upcoming vacancies, which will soon number half of the total members of the Committee and impress upon all constituents the importance of filling these vacancies in a timely manner in accordance with the principles outlined in this document, so that the work of the Committee of Experts can continue, unimpeded. We expect the Office to engage in a more active and inclusive outreach when vacancies occur.
  7. We note that amendments and sub-amendments have been proposed to the decision points.
  8. As we have said on many occasions, we place a high level of importance on the supervisory system of the ILO, given the key role it plays in facilitating the implementation of and adherence to international labor standards as we seek to improve working conditions across the globe.
  9. As said, the impartiality, objectivity, and, most of all, the independence of the Committee of Experts are essential for preparing the work of the Conference Committee and ensuring proper application of standards in law and practice.  
  10. We do not see any need to change the system and we therefore agree with the original decision point.


*The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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