The ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux countries represents the International Labour Organization
on the one hand to the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and on the other hand to the institutions of the European Union, in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of Ministers and the European Council. Furthermore it maintains relationships and dialogue with other EU institutions and agencies, with social partners and with a number of important actors in civil society. It also participates in the work of the United Nations towards the EU.
The International Labour Organization brings together governments, workers and employers to create peace by promoting social justice and human rights at work. Created in 1919, the ILO is part of the United Nations system since 1946. It aims at promoting decent work for all and reinforcing the social dimension of globalization. The ILO has 187 member states. The ILO works equally closely with other international organizations (with a mandate in the field of commerce, finance, economy, human rights and development) as with regional organizations (such as the EU) to promote an integrated and coherent approach to decent work and fair globalization.