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  • International Organisation of Employers

    • The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) is the largest representative organisation of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 national employers' organisation members in more than 140 countries. IOE is the recognised voice of business in social and labour policy debate taking place in the International Labour Organisation, across the UN and multilateral system, and in the G20 and other emerging processes.

      The International Organisation of Employers was created in 1920, and it is the only international organisation that represents the interests of business in labour and social policy.

      The IOE has specific Policy Working Groups (PWGs) to encourage a more active exchange with its members and partners. To date they have five groups covering the following topics:

      • CSR and Business & Human Right
      • International Industrial Relations
      • International Labour Migration
      • Employment & Future of Work
      • Sustainable Development.

      MEF is a full member of IOE since 2006.

      adapted from IOE website

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) and ILC


    • BUSINESSEUROPE is the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level, standing up for companies across the continent and campaigning on the issues that most influence their performance. A recognised social partner, they represent over 20 million small, medium and large companies in 34 European countries whose national business federations are their direct members.

      The organisation's headquarters are in Brussels, in the heart of EU institutions. They represent their member federations and are the voice of European business in the EU policy-making process. They interact with the European Parliament, Commission and Council.

      The work of BUSINESSEUROPE is organised in seven main policy committees (Economic & Financial Affairs Committee, Entrepreneurship & SME Committee, Industrial Affairs Committee, Internal Market Committee, International Relations Committee, Legal Affairs Committee, Social Affairs Committee) that are composed of experts nominated by member federations, as well as the working groups that debate proposed EU legislation and come to a consensus on the impact these proposals have on enterprises. Each year BUSINESSEUROPE produces around 100 positions papers in the areas listed above and are the important advocacy tools which ensure the employers’ interests are taken into account when legislation is decided.

      Currently, BUSINESSEUROPE has 40 direct members with MEF as a member since July 1st 2008.

      adapted from BUSINESSEUROPE website

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  • BIAC – the Voice of OECD Business

    • BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD) is an independent international business association devoted to advising government policy-makers at OECD. Officially recognised since its founding in 1962 as being representative of the OECD business community, BIAC promotes the interests of business by engaging, understanding and advising policy-makers on a broad range of issues.

      BIAC’s strength comes from close relationships with its members, the major business organisations in the OECD member countries, as well as their observer members - leading business and industry associations in non-OECD countries. BIAC operates through its policy groups that ensure private sector insights are reflected in OECD's policy guidance and instruments.

      MEF is an observer member of BIAC since 2015.

      adapted from BIAC website

  • Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee EU - Montenegro

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