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European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

Why aren’t there more European Works Councils? A Belgian perspective

Charlotte Olijslagers and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI)

Publication date : 2019

Number of pages : 5

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Charlotte Olijslagers and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI)

This policy brief considers the lack of European Works Councils through a Belgian perspective. It discusses Belgian companies who are currently engaged in establishing one or have developed ‘functionally equivalent’ structures. The remaining companies are confronted with serious obstacles to establishing a European Works Council, principally: (i) a lack of knowledge about them, (ii) weak and time-consuming national-level information and consultation processes, and (iii) a low perceived added value of transnational information and consultation. It evaluates what needs to be done in order to increase the number of EWCs and what trade unions need to do in order to raise awareness on the importance of EWCs at European level.

Collection: 7/2019
ETUI, Brussels, ISSN 2031-8782

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