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November 2012

  1. Event

    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.

  2. News

    European Parliament delegation discusses response to the crisis with ILO Director-General

    13 November 2012

    A high-level delegation of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament visited the ILO headquarters in Geneva on 12 November 2012. The delegation met the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and discussed – among other things – the response to the crisis in Europe and in the world, the implementation of social protection floors, the promotion of the Convention on domestic work and recent ILO initiatives on the Arab Spring.

  3. News

    New EU communication on civil society and social partners in development assistance

    09 November 2012

    In a new communication on civil society in external relations, the European Commission announces its intention to support civil society organizations as independent development actors in development. The communication explicitly recognises trade unions and employers’ organizations as a specific category of civil society.

  4. News

    ILO at European Development Days

    09 November 2012

    The ILO Office participated in the European Development Days, organized by the European Commission on 16 and 17 October 2012 in cooperation with development stakeholders.

  5. News

    European Committee of Social Rights says Greek labour reforms violate international law

    08 November 2012

    The European Committee of Social Rights, the body within the Council of Europe responsible for monitoring compliance with the European Social Charter, decided that parts of the Greek labour market reforms induced by the Troika are in violation of the European Social Charter.

October 2012

  1. International coordination

    Joint press release by German Federal Chancellor, ILO, OECD, WTO, IMF and World Bank

    30 October 2012

    Joint press release by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the occasion of their meeting on 30 October 2012 in Berlin.

  2. Labour rights

    Domestic workers in Europe falling through the loopholes

    24 October 2012

    Many domestic workers in Europe do not enjoy as much legal protection as other workers. ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers – which will come into force in a year’s time – offers a chance to improve the lives of the millions of people who work in this profession.

  3. News

    ILO Director-General congratulates EU on Nobel Peace Prize

    15 October 2012

    On behalf of the ILO, Guy Ryder congratulated the European Union on its receipt of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize on 12 October 2012.

  4. Interview with The Times

    ILO Chief warns of austerity’s ‘toxic’ impact

    03 October 2012

    In an interview with The Times newspaper, the head of ILO warned that austerity measures in southern European countries risk having “quite harmful consequences”. He was more positive about the outlook in Britain.

  5. Event

    Working towards a green economy after Rio+20

    The ILO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will organize a joint event in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs in the context of the Rio+20 outcomes.