The European Commission has published an evaluation of the European Works Council Directive (recast Directive 2009/38/EC), adopted in 2009, confirming its added value for workers and companies.
European Works Councils are bodies of social dialogue within large transnational companies. Through them, management informs and consults workers on the progress of the business and any significant decision at European level that could affect their employment or working conditions.
In light of the positive evaluation of these European Works Councils, the Commission proposes to create a practical handbook and provide €7 million funding to social partners to support the implementation of the Directive and the effectiveness of European Works Councils.
It will offer financial support to social partners for setting up projects to publicise and support the use of this practical guide among stakeholders. It may also finance initiatives that support the implementation of the existing legal requirements, raise awareness of the potential benefits of European Works Councils for companies and employee representatives, and improve the establishment and functioning of European Works Councils.
The Commission will develop the handbook in 2018, in cooperation with the social partners and with the support of experts and practitioners.
The evaluation report will now be shared with the European Parliament and the Council.