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The I LO and the EU the Interface

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This chapter deals with core equality standards that derive their legitimacy from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Constitution and the Declaration of Philadelphia 1944 as well as the Post WWII Conventions. The encounters between the ILO and the European Union (EU) were not formalised and their relationship took place in isolated instances. The chapter illustrates seven of these ad hoc instances, five involving decisions of the Community Court. The working relationship between the ILO and the EU has nevertheless become closer. Meaningful cooperation between them has expanded, particularly in the field of working conditions, equal opportunities and equal treatment, which is the subject of the chapter. While in the past the EU has not acknowledged the rich legacy it drew from the ILO, the chapter clarifies the powerful impact of ILO standards on EU laws and thus fill a gap as to the historic sources of law in the EU.

Keywords: equality standards; European Union (EU); international labour organization (ILO); non-formal relationship



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