Ceemet position on the revision of the European Works Council Directive

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15 February 2024

On 15 February 2024, Ceemet adopted a position paper regarding the proposal for a revision of European Works Council Directive put forward by the European Commission on 24 January 2024. Ceemet is very concerned about this proposal as it introduces administrative, regulatory and financial burden for the companies. Among other things, we are worried by the proposal to delete Article 14 and remove the exemptions from the scope of the Directive 2009/38/EC. Vague and disproportionate definitions of “transnational” and “consultation”, weakened confidentiality provisions, reinforced penalties would to a great extent create barriers for the companies.

We advocate for a balanced and proportionate approach when it comes to the revision of EWC Directive, an approach that strives to improve the functioning of EWCs, support the competitiveness of the companies,  protect existing company agreements , and provide for legal certainty.