This publication of the SEEurope Network provides a comprehensive overview of the legislation on the European company (SE – Societas Europaea) and its history and development. It assesses the overall significance and impact of the SE on the business sector and on worker involvement in Europe and provides an outlook for the future of the SE. The publication also makes specific recommendations for policymakers regarding the future revision of the SE legislation specifically as well as European company law and corporate governance generally.

Key questions addressed in the book are: How has the SE been implemented in practice? How great has the uptake of the European Company by the business community been? Are there significant differences between countries and sectors? What impact has the European Company had on business practice? Has it improved company mobility and flexibility? What impact has it had on national industrial relations systems and Social Europe? To what extent has it inspired other legislative initiatives by the EU Commission? What will the likely future development of the European Company be?

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Michael Stollt and Melinda Kelemen A big hit or a fl op? A decade of facts and figures on the European Company (SE)

Chapter 2: Sandra Schwimbersky and Michael Gold The European Company Statute: a tangled history

Chapter 3: Lionel Fulton From a European blueprint to national law

Chapter 4: Sebastian Sick Worker participation in SEs – a workable, albeit imperfect compromise

Chapter 5: Jan Cremers and Anders Carlson SEs in the Czech Republic

Chapter 6: Roland Köstler SEs in Germany

Chapter 7: Patrick Thill The dynamics of worker participation in SEs in Luxembourg: towards reinforced rights?

Chapter 8: Robbert van het Kaar SEs in the Netherlands

Chapter 9: Udo Rehfeldt The Europeanisation of employee involvement in SEs: lessons from ten case studies

Chapter 10: Sophie Rosenbohm The SE’s impact on transnational information and consultation – trends and developments from a company perspective

Chapter 11: Edgar Rose The workers’ voice in SE agreements

Chapter 12: Jan Cremers The EU assessment of the SE corporate form

Chapter 13: Jan Cremers European initiatives for other corporate forms

Chapter 14: Romuald Jagodzinski The EWC directives and the SE legal framework: symbiosis and mutual reinforcement brought to a halt?

Chapter 15: Aline Conchon National participation rights in an EU perspective: the SE rules as a key safeguard

Author biographies

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Introduction: a decade of experience with the SE