10th high-level meeting between the ILO and the European Commission

For the 10th time in a row, and in the presence of the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, the ILO Office and the European Commission (EC) held their annual high-level meeting defining the focus of their cooperation for the next year. The ILO Office and the EC reaffirmed their mutual partnership and defined fields and areas of common action in 2013.

The EC and the ILO Office decided to step up their exchanges and cooperation regarding a job-friendly and inclusive crisis recovery as well as on the outcomes of the June 2012 International Labour Conference, on youth employment, social protection and labour standards, as well as on social dialogue, green jobs and sustainable development. They will intensify their cooperation in multilateral fora, such as preparing the post-2015 development agenda and G20 meetings.

The EC and ILO explored possibilities for further technical cooperation, particularly in the fields of labour standards, child labour, social protection, labour migration, social dialogue and youth employment. They will also further embark on joint research projects on labour and job-rich recovery.

In addition to continuing their cooperation, notably in Western Balkans, Turkey and Tunisia, the ILO and the EC will work closely together in Myanmar and the EU Neighbourhood with special attention for the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods.