Thank you, Chair. I speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro[*] and Albania[*], the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this statement.
We would like to thank the Office for the report on the tripartite Meeting of Experts on Cross-border Social Dialogue that took place in Geneva from 12 to 15 February 2019.
Conclusions of the Meeting recall that cross border social dialogue is an essential aspect of ILO’s mandate, while preparing for the future. It is also embedded in the values, governance, laws and practice of the European Union, its Member States, its social partners and its companies. It takes place at different levels and in different forms.
The European Union and its member states welcome the consensual Conclusions adopted by the experts, which reflect the importance of Cross-Border Social Dialogue, occurring in various forms and at different levels. We consider the Conclusions to provide an important contribution to the implementation of the Conclusions concerning decent work in global supply chains adopted at the ILC in 2016.
We welcome that the Conclusions support the contribution of Cross-Border Social Dialogue to the implementation of the MNE declaration emphasizing that all enterprises should carry out human rights due diligence.
We also welcome that the Conclusions address the role of Cross-Border Social Dialogue at regional level, in trade relations, through transnational company agreements and in responsible business conduct initiatives.
We call on governments, workers’ and employers’ organisations as well as companies to implement the recommendations of the Conclusions to increase the relevance, inclusiveness and effectiveness of Cross Border Social Dialogue.
The EU and its member states request the Office to continue the promotion of Cross-Border Social Dialogue and to promptly take up the additional actions, on the basis of the Conclusions adopted by the experts.
In this context we would like to draw special attention to developing a compendium with good practices on Cross-Border Social Dialogue, including on how they can contribute to due diligence processes, which can give guidance to companies.
With this M. Chair, the European Union and its Member States support the decision point.
[*] The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.