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European Works Councils Database (ewcdb)

The ETUI online database of European Works Councils is one of the Institute’s priorities ever since EWCs began to emerge. Created in 1995 as a research project on multinational companies covered by directive 94/45/EC, it was gradually extended by new elements and grew to be one of the key sources of information on EWCs.

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Initially, the database comprised a list of multinational companies eligible for establishment of an EWC. In 1999 a second pillar was created containing texts of all EWC agreements signed. In 2004 the two sections were merged into a single database that was subsequently launched online in 2006. In 2009-2010 a process of merger with an SDA database containing analysis of texts of EWC agreements was carried out and led to development towards a single database on EWCs. In 2016 the website portal of the database got a complete makeover to increase the usability.

Currently the database comprises various kinds of information on EWCs, the companies having an EWC and the EWC agreements. Since 2009 these agreements have been progressively analysed according to a single framework (approx. 90 criteria). Apart from systematic analysis, the database records also examples of good and bad practice (searchable in over 100 categories), i.e. contractual solutions provided for in the EWC agreements.

One of the important resources is also documentation on EWC-related case law, including lists of court cases, judgements, accompanying documents and background information. Part of the legal information is represented also by texts of transposition laws implementing the EWC directives at the national level.

The value of the EWC database as the most comprehensive source of information on the topic has been confirmed on numerous occasions both as a factual foundation for institutional initiatives on the EU level (e.g. Opinions of European Economic and Social Committee, European Commission, European Parliament), trade union policies and strategies (e.g. training), and also for academic and research purposes.


Romuald Jagodzinski Senior Researcher


Irmgard Pas Database Administrator

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