13 February 2018


Important dates in 2018 for IOE Members and Partners in Europe and Central Asia


Dear Members,


We have another very rich year ahead for IOE Members in Europe & Central Asia.


As you are aware, the IOE represents the employers' community in very important global fora and policy debates, for instance in the ILO Standard Initiative, the G20/B20 process taking place this year in Argentina, the Future of Work, and concerning the ILO's collaboration with the tobacco sector among others. For these events, it is of utmost importance that IOE Members from Europe & Central Asia contribute with their own perspective, so as to shape priority-setting and programme delivery in the coming years.


We also call on Members from Europe & Central Asia to actively participate in regional activities and discussions.


This year the annual IOE meeting with its members from Europe & Central Asia, that aims at facilitating the networking and the exchange of experiences, ideas, and good practices, will be kindly hosted by the Employers' Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) in Riga, on 13-14 September 2018.


We would also like you to start saving other relevant dates in your calendar to ensure you are available to participate and/or share information in the following meetings:


IOE Global events (organised by the IOE or in partnership with the IOE):

  • 14 March: Meeting of the B20 Employment and Education Taskforce, Geneva
  • 18 April: International Business and Human Rights Conference, Paris
  • 24 April: Meeting on "Transnational company agreements: a valuable option for companies to promote social dialogue, CSR policies and human rights in their supply chains?", Madrid
  • 24 May: B20 Regional Consultation Forum in the Framework of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Saint Petersburg
  • 27 May: IOE General Council, Geneva
  • 28-29 May: Joint B20 Taskforce Meeting, Paris
  • 6 June: IOE Leaders' Forum, Geneva (TBC)


ILO Global and Regional events

  • 17-18 May: Conference on "Industrial relations in Europe: what effects on cross-country convergence?", Paris
  • 28 May - 8 June: ILO (Tripartite) International Labour Conference, Geneva


Among the events concerning the region, please note that you will be requested to share your viewpoint in preparation for the following meetings of the Governmental Committee of the Council of Europe (that this year will supervise the cases of Governments' lack of conformity with the articles of the European Social Charter on health, social security and social protection):

  • 23 -27 April: Council of Europe Governmental Committee, Strasbourg
  • 24-28 September: Council of Europe Governmental Committee, Strasbourg


These activities are to be complemented by other IOE activities with a global reach including the policy working groups, and the preparation for the ILC, among others. We will keep you informed send you the relevant information and deadlines for each of these meetings.


For questions and suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Alessandra Assenza assenza@ioe-emp.com 


Yours sincerely,

Alessandra Assenza

Senior Adviser (Europe & Central Asia)

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