The ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries has been working with the institutions of the European Union since 1958. This cooperation between the ILO and the EU is growing stronger, both within and outside the EU.
The European Union actively participates in discussions and negotiations at the institutional meetings of the ILO in Geneva (International Labour Conference, Governing Body), notably on the adoption of conventions, recommendations, resolutions and other important texts. The EU played a key role in cooperating closely with emerging economies, developing countries and social partners during the adoption of the June 2008 ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization
, during the adoption of the Consolidated Maritime Convention
in February 2006 and during the adoption of the Global Jobs Pact
The ILO from its part contributes to internal and external EU issues such as the cooperation between the EU and other regions like Asia (through ASEM), Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, as well as cooperation with EUROMED and the Partnership with Eastern Europe.