Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

News 24/11/2011

Commission requests four countries to take on new rules for European Works Councils

The European Commission has requested Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to transpose new legislation on European Works Councils (recast of EU Directive on European Works Councils) into their national law.

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The request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. If Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands do not bring their legislation into line with EU law within two months, the Commission may decide to refer these Member states to the EU's Court of Justice.

Member States had to bring the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the new European Works Councils Directive into force by 5 June 2011 and notify the Commission. In the cases of Greece, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the process of adopting national implementing measures is under way, but no precise indications have been given in terms of the completion of this process in the near future. In the case of Italy, no information has been received by the Commission on the implementation process.

In July 2011, the Commission sent letters of formal notice to the 17 Member States not having complied with these obligations. Of these infringement cases, eight cases have been closed (SK, CY, CZ, FI, HU, IE, LT, SI) and five cases are in the process of being closed or the Commission is waiting for some last elements for closure (FR, PL, RO, BE, UK) as these Member States have transposed the EU directive into national law.

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