Since 1994, the EU has established mechanisms for information and consultation procedures for workers in transnational companies (European Works Councils Directive 94/45/EC). In 2009, the EWC Directive was reviewed and amended (Recast EWC Directive 2009/38/EC). The year 2016 will see the formal conclusion of a new evaluation procedure designed to ascertain whether the improvements of 2009 have had any impact on the EWC's conditions of operation and whether any further amendements should be considered.

This book assesses in detail the ways in which key improvements brought about by the 2009 EWC Recast Directive have been implemented in national legislation. The authors of the book have looked into the national transposition legislation of the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. The findings are very relevant for EU policy-making and for practitioners to deal with differing national legislative regimes.

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Romuald Jagodzinski: Introduction

Sylvaine Laulom and Filip Dorssemont: Chapter 1 - Fundamental principles of EWC Directive 2009/38/EC

Sylvaine Laulom: Chapter 2 - Procedure for the establishment and adaptation of a European Works Council or an information and consultation procedure

Jan Cremers and Pascale Lorber: Chapter 3 - Transposition of provisions of the Recast Directive on the functioning of the European Works Council

Romuald Jagodzinski and Pascale Lorber: Chapter 4 - Enforcement frameworks and employees’ rights of access to enforcement procedures

Romuald Jagodzinski: Conclusions