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The European Commission has released the results of an evaluation to identify excessive burdens, overlaps, gaps or inconsistencies which may have appeared since the adoption of three EU Directives regarding information and consultation of workers.
The policy evaluation, also known as "fitness check", focuses on the collective redundancies Directive, the transfers of undertakings Directive and the Directive establishing a general framework relating to information and consultation of workers in the EC.
The report finds that the three EU Directives are generally relevant, effective, coherent and mutually reinforcing. The benefits they generate are likely to outweigh the costs.
The evaluation also brings to light a number of shortcomings in:
The 'fitness check' takes the form of a Staff Working Document, which sets out a number of possible responses to the shortcomings of the Directives, on the basis of good practice of meaningful social dialogue at different levels and by different actors.