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Denmark

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

With Danish legislation already providing for employee board-level representation in all companies with 35 or more employees, the directive on employee representation in European companies was of direct concern. The legislation was implemented with the close involvement and to the apparent satisfaction of both unions and employers.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in Denmark (Final report: May 2004)

On 15 April 2004 the Danish Parliament adopted the law on employee involvement in European Companies, and on 6 May the law transposing the European Company Statute was adopted. In neither of the cases changes were made during the second and third reading. This means that the provisions accounted for in the country report below (March 2004) apply.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in Denmark (Report: March 2004)

Danish legislation implementing the SE Statute and the SE Directive is expected to be in place by June 2004 and to enter into force on 8 October 2004. The legislation consists of two new laws – one accompanying the introduction of the SE Statute and one transposing the SE Directive – and minor changes in three existing laws: (i) the law on public limited companies, (ii) the law on company annual accounts, and (iii) the law on auditing of accounts. All the new pieces of legislation were presented to parliament in January 2004, and the first readings of the two new laws took place on 17 and 19 February respectively.

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Translated transposition laws 

The full text of the transposition laws and (for most countries) unofficial translations into English can be downloaded from the EU Commission website

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