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ILO - GB 335 - EU Statement - INS/14/2: Report of the Director-General – Second Supplementary Report: Report of the Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

Geneva, 25/03/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190425_6
Statements on behalf of the EU

335th session of the ILO Governing Body Geneva, 14–28 March 2019 EU Statement - INS/14/2: Report of the Director-General – Second Supplementary Report: Report of the Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

Thank you, Chair.

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

The Candidate Countries Turkey, North Macedonia[1], Montenegro[1], Serbia[1] and Albania[1], the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Georgia align themselves with this statement.

  1. Chair, the European Union and its Member States welcome the outcome of the Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs. We thank all experts and the Office for their dedication towards this result.

  2. We consider ILO's work on recruitment fees and related costs to be a very important one. These fees and costs are a main source of debt bondage, in particular for migrant workers.

  3. We appreciate the proposed definition to complement the General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment, and believe the definition will support the implementation and enforcement processes on fair recruitment.

  4. We are satisfied that the definition takes into account the existence of regional integration areas in which free movement of workers provides for specific features of cross-border recruitment.

  5. We welcome the dissemination of the definition together with the General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment.

  6. Chair, the European Union actively supports ILO activities on fair recruitment. These are instrumental in the fight against forced labour and trafficking in human beings. We are proud that the EU funded Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME) can contribute to these so much needed efforts.

  7. Chair, we support the decision point.

Thank you, Chair.

 

[1] North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

 

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