International Coordinating Council of Employers' Unions (ICCEU)


ICCEU Supports Bulgaria’s Membership in OECD

The International Coordinating Council of Employers’ Unions (ICCEU) supported Bulgaria’s bid to become a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This was announced by the ICCEU Chairman Andrzej Malinovski at the General Assembly of the organization hosted by the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria (BICA).

“As always, it is the business that paves the way for our country’s membership in significant international organizations. As you know, at the beginning of this year, the Association of Bulgarian Employers’ Organizations became an associate member of the OECD Advisory Committee on Business and Industry. Our country meets the requirements for membership in one of the most important economic organizations in the world, which signals to foreign investors that the economic situation in Bulgaria is good”, BICA’s Chairman Vasil Velev declared.

During the General Assembly, the next ICCEU chair was also nominated. This is very likely to be the President of the Employers’ Association of Georgia, Elguja Meladze. ICCEU is expected to officially announce its decision at its next meeting, which will take place on 19-21 November this year in Krakow, Poland.

Among other topics discussed by the members of the International Coordinating Council of Employers’ Organizations were priorities of the G-20 Business Council. Those included the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, labour market and education, digital economy, etc. Information was also provided on the National Qualifications Framework of ICCEU, CIS and BRICS.

The official site of the organization was also presented to the participants in the General Assembly.


During the last ICCEU meeting in 2016 in Sofia as well as during the first meeting in 2017, from 20 to 22 January in Riga, Gagik Makaryan, the president of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA) has taken over the rotating presidency of ICCEU in accordance with the general decision of the Board members.  Congratulations to Mr. Makaryan and a successful reign in 2017.

The first board meeting in 2017 will take place in Yerevan, Armenia from 24 to 27 May.

The tentative program is the following:

  • 05.2017-Arrival in Yerevan;
  • 05.2017-Celebration Ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia followed by gala dinner. Welcoming speeches of the ICCEU representatives (RF, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Poland). Please be so kind to confirm your speeches;
  • 05.2017- ICCEU Board meeting;
  • 05.2017-Visit to a famous monastery Khor Virap and Ararat wine factory; degustation of the 50-year-old brandy;
  • 05.2017-A one-day tour according to a priory selected tour option. The options are attached. You can choose the best option for you.
  • 05.2018-National holiday-The independence day of the first Republic of Armenia. You are welcome to celebrate this day with us (optional).

We would like to kindly remind you that the dates for the first board meeting in 2017 were confirmed during the first meeting in Riga on 21 January with the consent of the representatives of the following countries: Ukraine (2 employers’ organizations), Latvia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Poland, Armenia.

Please reserve the mentioned dates for the upcoming ICCEU board meeting.

The contact person from RUEA side will be Ms. Nare Sargsyan; e-mail address: You can contact her in case you have any questions/recommendations regarding the upcoming event.

With best regards,

Gagik Makaryan

RUEA President


“Lady with an Ermine” and Polish Entrepreneurs

The Polish state acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an ermine” together with the rest of the collection of the Czartoryski family. Sadly, this important cultural event has served as a starting point for new conflicts. Political – because the previous ruling party stated it would not do that; social – because why would aristocrats profit on works bought for money generated by the hard work of others; economical – because why would the state buy something that would not leave Poland anyway.

President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes for “Rzeczpospolita”:

– I do not intend to settle these disagreements: particularly given that the arguments raised by interested parties should be thoroughly investigated. However, I would like to remind those who question the rationale behind spending large sums on art when the budget is ailing and the economic prognoses weak of something. Culture is not a whim or a luxurious accessory: nice to have but ultimately not particularly useful. On the contrary – culture is the highest value and a great manifestation of our growth – assesses Malinowski.

2017-lady-with-an-ermine-1The President of Employers of Poland also recalls an anecdote linked with Winston Churchill. When the government looked for money to develop the army, one of the ministers proposed slashing the spending on culture. “Gentlemen, what are we fighting for, then?” – Churchill is reported to have replied. This is the crux of the matter.

– Where to look for money for different cultural project? I know the answer. I know where you can find both good will and the necessary assets: ask Polish entrepreneurs. I would like to warn politicians that I do not mean new taxes. Just listening to entrepreneurs will suffice. Read interviews with those who are successful and made big money. After reaching a certain level of wealth almost all of them start to think of spending money on non-business matters, including culture. The money itself no longer attracts them. What does is that which they can achieve with the help of their funds – Malinowski stresses.

– Only one condition has to be met – let them work in peace, use their skills. I guarantee that entrepreneurs will not let us down. They know very well what patriotism is, not only economic. They are connected to places where they come from. They care and will continue to care for their communities. They have to be supported in their efforts. Maybe today one of them is putting money into something that will in time become a part of the national heritage. Let that be one of my wishes for the new year – he concludes.

Please find more information and details here.

Ukrainian Business Community Outlines Strategy for 2017

Industrialists, entrepreneurs and employers of Ukraine have summed up their performance in 2016 and outlined plans of the business community for next year.

In particular, they noted the first positive results of joint efforts made by the business circles: the National Committee for Industrial Development has been established; the “Ukraine is a Country of Entrepreneurs” program is being implemented. Further, work with parliamentarians has been organized. Ideas from the public to develop the country is presented by the “Transformation of Ukraine” parliamentary group, the Office of the Business Representative in parliament. This time the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE) has cemented relationship and cooperation with Members of Parliament by signing a memorandum with the Deputy Control inter-faction group of parliamentarians. These issues were covered by a meeting of the ULIE Board in Kyiv.

The document provides for coordination of partners’ efforts to fight corruption, lobby and adopt relevant legislation, remove similar obstacles to doing business, start up own business, raise investment funds, and others.

The process of strengthening the role of social dialogue in the country is under way. Recently, the largest union of employers – the Association of the Employers Organizations of Ukraine, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine – discussed measures to raise the efficiency of the joint representative body of employers in their dialogue with the authorities. They formulated the first proposals they agreed on and sent them to the country’s leaders and the government.

The ULIE Board approved proposals regarding international business relations in the wake of a recent Ukrainian-Lithuanian forum with the participation of the Presidents of the two countries along with recommendations of the newly created Spain-Ukraine Business Council, and a number of forums and meetings with partners from Austria, Canada, Israel, Iran, the United States, and others. The ULIE also awarded diplomas and gifts to partners from media organizations and experts.

“The year 2017 promises to be very active. And we’ll proceed not only with the implementation of the initiatives we’ve already started, but will press for the achievement of visible and tangible results for the Ukrainian economy and our citizens,” ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh said.

For more information and details please visit ULIE’s website.


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