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Forthcoming ETUI study on EWCs access to justice

The ETUI is preparing an analysis of the enforcement of EWCs’ rights within all national legal frameworks. The study aims to map national regulations on EWCs' access to courts and the enforcement of EWC rights to information and consultation; it also seeks to clarify whether EWCs have the necessary legal rights and capacities to seek conflict resolution in courts of law in all member states.

The analysis thus examines the legal status of EWCs, the competence of national courts, and sanctions provided for at national level. These overviews are complemented by an analysis of the quality of the transposition of the Recast EWC Directive’s prescribed ‘effective, proportionate and dissuasive’ sanctions; reference is also made to the European Commission’s opinions in other areas, such as financial market regulation and European Court of Justice jurisprudence. The study covers both EWC Directive 94/45/EC and the Recast EWC Directive 2009/38/EC. It is expected to be released in Spring 2014.

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