The ILO and the European Parliament cooperate on a large number of issues, such as decent work, workplace rights or the social dimension of globalization, amongst many others.
Following the Treaty of Lisbon, the role of the European Parliament is now stronger than it used to be. The increase of the co-decision procedure in policy-making ensures that the European Parliament is placed on an equal footing with the Council of the European Union for the vast bulk of EU legislation.
The ILO is regularly referenced in Parliamentary debates and texts, ILO representatives are sometimes asked to participate in hearings or meetings at the Parliament, and the ILO-Brussels Office follows several Parliamentary committees as part of its monitoring work. These committees include:
- Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
- Committee on International Trade (INTA)
- Committee on Development (DEVE)
- Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
- Committee on Civil Liberties and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
- Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
- Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)