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:
MEF is a full member of IOE since 2006.
adapted from IOE website
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, as an international organisation devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour right. The ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 186 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. On July 14th 2006 Montenegro became a 179th country that joined the ILO as a full member.
The main 4 strategic objectives set in the heart of the ILO Decent Work Agenda are:
The ILO accomplishes its work through three main bodies each of them comprising governments’, employers' and workers' representatives:
Often called an international parliament of labour, the Conference establishes and adopts international labour standards and is a forum for discussion of key social and labour questions. Each Member State is represented by a delegation consisting of two government delegates, an employer delegate, a worker delegate, and their respective advisers. Employer and Worker delegates are nominated in agreement with the most representative national organisations of employers and workers. Since MEF is the only representative employers' organisation in Montenegro, its representatives regularly attend the ILC.
adapted from ILO website
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
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
The Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) is a civil society platform established between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro.
The JCC allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the path of Montenegro towards the European Union, and to adopt recommendations for the attention of the government of the country and the EU institutions. The JCC will also play an essential role in initiating debates between citizens and in disseminating information both in the EU and in Montenegro.
The Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee comprises 12 members. MEF is a member of JCC since its foundation in 2013.
adapted from EESC website