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European Workers' Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC)

The EWPCC coordinates and organizes activities concerning transnational workers’ representation with a specific focus on employee board members of European Companies (SE).

For the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the promotion of worker participation has always been one of the top priorities. At the Seville congress in 2007 “on the offensive” for social dialogue, collective bargaining and worker participation was confirmed as one of the spearheads for future initiatives. In accordance with this decision, in October 2008 the ETUC Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution to create the European Worker Participation Fund (EWPF).

It was decided that :

  • The Fund will be located within the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
  • The financing of the Fund will be done by transferring part of the remuneration of workers representatives’ on the boards of European Companies (SEs).
  • The responsibility for carrying out activities will lie with the newly created European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC).
  • The resources of the EWPF must be used to support the workers’ representatives in the SE’s.

The work programme of the EWPCC can cover a wide range of activities, such as:

  • The organization of seminars and training for employee board members, SE representative bodies and European Works Councils ;
  • Advisory services ;
  • Research and expertise on the practice and further development of worker participation ;
  • Documentation and analysis of proven practices ;
  • Publication of handbooks and other materials.

The EWPCC was set up as a transversal cluster, thus enabling it to use all available competences from the two ETUI departments Research and Education.


    EWPCC16: Aline Hoffmann on the outcome of the conference


Aline Hoffmann Coordinator EWPCC / Head of unit Europeanisation industrial relations