The Federation of Austrian Industries

The Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) is a voluntary body representing the interests of the Austrian industry and currently comprises about 4,200 members.

The central goal of the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung - IV) is to advocate for its members both in Austria and at a European level in a targeted and sustainable manner.
The Federation's motto is "Performance and Responsibility". This reflects our efforts to promote an environment of growth, employment and prosperity in Austria and in Europe.

The Federation of Austrian Industries is run by a small team of staff and senior executives serving on a voluntary basis. Its structure comprises nine independent regional groups, a central organisation at federal level and a European office in Brussels, established in 1988. 

The Federation of Austrian Industries is making every effort to represent the interests of its members both in Austria and at a European level and to contribute towards strengthening Austria and Europe as attractive locations for business and industry.



Bulgarian Industrial Association

The Bulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business (BIA) is a voluntary, non - governmental organization of the Bulgarian industry, established on 25 April 1980. BIA is an umbrella organization with a matrix structure, vertically representing the branch (sector) oriented organization and horizontally the regional and municipal organizations.
As early as its foundation the Bulgarian Industrial Association directed its efforts to structure the business environment also on a regional principle. This way more than 130 regional associations and local bodies of the business have been set up, 26 of which have the status of regional industrial unions and associations. 
BIA is the only national business organization in Bulgaria that has attracted large scientific organizations and universities as members, which is of particular importance for the processes of technological renovation and innovations, for establishing a more direct link between science and business. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and universities are our undisputable partners.
The cooperative movement in Bulgaria, which has over a 100-year history, has been an active member of BIA since its foundation.
During the past over 30 years, BIA has proved to be the leading business organization in Bulgaria, recognized not only nationwide but also worldwide to be a reliable and trustworthy partner incorporating the efforts and visions of the entire Bulgarian business and scientific spectrum in the country for the development of a competitive economy.
BIA is the only Bulgarian member of BUSINESSEUROPE (the Confederation of European Business) and of the International Organisation of Employers.



Montenegrin Employers Federation

Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF) is an independent, non-governmental, non-political and not-for-profit organisation based on voluntary membership. In 2005 MEF was granted the status of representativity by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs which made us the umbrella employers’ organisation in Montenegro. Soon afterwards MEF become a social partner – an official representative of employers in relations with Government and trade unions.

MEF membership comprises entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, large economic entities, local and sector employers’ associations as well as NGOs. MEF members make 80% of total GDP in Montenegro and employ around 65% of the workforce.

Montenegrin Employers Federation actively contributes to improvement of business environment and elimination of business barriers offering a wide range of services to its members. Along with representing the interests of employers in tripartite working groups and bodies at national level working on the development of legislation, strategies and action plans, MEF services comprise legal advices in all areas relevant for enterprise operations, economic studies and analyses, seminars and trainings organisation, implementation of EU funded projects and support to employers networking at national and international level.

MEF is a member of International Organisation of Employers and BUSINESSEUROPE and it closely cooperate with International Labour Organisation, (the later also supported MEF founding) acting in accordance with its conventions and recommendations.


Croatian Employers’ Association



National Union of Employers Slovakia

The National Union of Employers is the biggest employers organization in Slovakia, which associates two thirds of employers producing 70 percent of GDP and 80 percent of the Slovak export. The NUE was established on 30th March 2004 in Bratislava with the intent to protect common employers´ interests, business rights and citizens freedom as well as to protect the members against the measures leading to the degradation of the equal market business environment. The NUE pursues its activities on the principles of voluntariness, freedom of opinion and manifestation and political affiliation freedom. 

In accordance with the fulfillment of the relevant goals, the NUE analyses and evaluates the legislative conditions of doing business with the emphasis on the practical knowledge of its members, co-ordinates proceedings of its members with the focus on the main goals of active participation in establishment and implementation of the economic and social policy of the state and preparation and creation of legal enactments regarding to important common employers´ interests, mainly in labor-law, social, tax and wage area. The NUE co-operates with the state authorities and the bodies of the regional governments, with representative associations of labor unions, commercial and industry chambers, as well as with the other organizations representing local and foreign entrepreneurs and employers.

A Munkaadók és Gyáriparosok országos szövetsége 1902-ben alakult. A versenyszféra több mint 60%-át képviseli mind a befektetett tőke, mind a forgalom és a munkavállalók számát tekintve. 6000 közép- és nagyvállalatot, 51 szakmai és 15 megyei-regionális szövetséget tömörít. Az MGYOSZ 2005 óta tagja az 1958-ban alakult BUSINESSEUROPE-nak.

The Association of Employers of Slovenia 

The Association of Employers of Slovenia (ZDS) is the first voluntary economic association in Slovenia representing and protecting the interests of employers. Since 1994, more than 1.400 companies have united in this Association whatever their size, form of ownership, or activity. The social partnership among employers, the Government and trade unions provide for the arrangement of relations in the socio-economic area and stable business conditions for companies.

The Association consists of 11 sections. Each section has a board of 5 to 9 members. The presidents of Board of Sections are members of the Management Board at the same time.

In the Association, 5 working commissions operates in order to represent the employers' interests, namely: Commission for incomes policy, Commission for labour-legal legislation and social policy, Commission for tax system, Commission for health and safety at work and Commission for education.

The Association is a member of BUSINESSEUROPE headquartered in Brussels, the International Organization of Employers (IOE), which is organized within the framework of the International Labour Association (ILO), and BIAC within OECD.



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Independent Trade Unions of Croatia



Confederation of Trade Unions of Montenegro



Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria



National Confederation of Hungarian Trade Unions

Business Europe

BUSINESSEUROPE represents small, medium and large companies. Active in European affairs since 1958, BUSINESSEUROPE’s members are 41 leading industrial and employers’ federations from 35 European countries, working together to achieve growth and competitiveness in Europe. For the full list of our members, please visit our website.



International Labour Organization

ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was founded in 1919, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.




The European Trade Union Confederation

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) was set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions. At present, the ETUC has in membership 85 National Trade Union Confederations from 36 European countries, as well as 10 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members.