EU and International Labour Organization reinforce cooperation to shape just recovery from crisis and promote decent work


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The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union have reinforced their cooperation to shape the future of work and promote decent work. This will help the EU and the ILO in their responses to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world of work.

The European Commission and the ILO signed a renewed exchange of letters on Thursday 4 February, updating the framework for their longstanding cooperation that began in 1958. This is the third formal agreement, following previous exchanges of letters in 1989 and 2001.

On occasion of the exchange of letters, ILO Director General Guy Ryder and EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit confirmed their cooperation on a number of pressing matters.

Commissioner Nicolas Schmit said: “The world of work is profoundly changing. The pandemic is having an immense impact on employment and social affairs. Digitalisation and climate change transform the what, where and how of our work. We have to act now and seize the momentum to tackle these important challenges, and at the same time we have to ensure that we build in the social dimension in the transition. I look forward to continuing our good cooperation with the ILO to build a better future of work in the EU and across the world.” 

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said: “Our partnership with the European Commission is very valuable to us. At a time when the world of work is facing so many challenges, we need to join forces for a human-centred approach to the future of work. I look forward to continuing our strong partnership.”


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