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ILO Governing Body 337th session - LILS/2: Choice of Conventions and Recommendations on which reports should be requested under article 19, paragraphs 5(e) and 6(d), of the ILO Constitution in 2021

Geneva, 01/11/2019 - 18:00, UNIQUE ID: 191105_4
Statements on behalf of the EU

ILO Governing Body 337th session, Geneva, 28 October – 7 November 2019

Thank you, Chair. I speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Montenegro[*] and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this statement.

We support the IMEC statement.

The EU and its Member States participate actively every year in the General Survey discussions of the CAS, which are based on Article 19 reports. By identifying obstacles for ratification, implementation issues and best ways to address them, we believe that these discussions contribute substantially to the overall goal of maintaining and promoting a robust and up-to-date body of international labour standards.

The linkages of General Survey discussions with the recurrent discussions and the SRM, are extremely positive and should be enhanced. At the same time, our rich discussions in the context of the ILO Declaration for the Future of Work also serve as an inspiration in making a choice between the proposed instruments for our General Survey discussion in the CAS in 2022.

In this context, we would first of all like to recognize that we see value in all three proposals and would like to thank the Office for providing the necessary argumentation for requesting an Article 19 report on them. That being said, we would nevertheless like to express our preference for the second option, which includes Conventions 111, 156 and 183 and their related Recommendations.

Equal opportunities and gender equality in particular are a sine qua non of every inclusive labour market and society in general. The fact that progress in closing gender gaps has stalled or is even reversing, as presented in the Office Document, in spite of the significant advances made for women at work over the past century, is for the EU and its Member States a quite alarming information. The promotion of equality is a core element of our goals, legislation and institutions. We are continuously striving to secure equal opportunities and access to the labour market as well as work-life balance, as also enshrined in the European Pillar for Social Rights. Furthermore, the EU and its Member States are committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims at achieving gender equality (SDG 5), ensuring equal opportunities and ending discrimination (Target 10.3), empowering women and girls, eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices, and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action.

Undoubtedly, Conventions 111, 156 and 183 contain important principles for every ILO Member State in the process of achieving equal opportunities and gender equality. In addition, the Equal Remuneration Convention 100 should also be considered for the list. We, therefore, believe that art. 19 reports and the relevant General Survey discussion will help everybody identifying challenges and exchanging experiences and good practices. We would therefore like to thank the Office and all constituents for taking into account our suggestion.

Thank you Chair


[*] Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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