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European-level Representation

The hierarchy for choosing European representatives from Belgium for European bodies is the works council, the health and safety committee and the union delegations.

European Works Councils

Members of the special negotiating body for the EWC are appointed by and from among: the employee representatives on the works council(s); or, if there is no works council by and from among the employee representatives on the health and safety committees; or if these do not exist by the trade union delegations, provided this has been agreed by the appropriate joint employer/union committee at industry level. In the last resort the employees themselves can choose the members. Union officials can also be members.

The situation is the same for members of the fall-backfallback EWC, as set up under the annex to the directive.

European Company

Members of the special negotiating body for the European Company are appointed by: the employee representatives on the works council(s); or if there is no works council by the employee representatives on the health and safety committees; or if these do not exist by the trade union delegations, provided this has been agreed by the appropriate joint employer/union committee at industry level. In the last resort the employees themselves can choose the members. Union officials can be included in the special negotiating body, whether or not they are employed by one of the companies involved.

The situation is the same for members of the SE representative body (works council), as set up under the annex to the directive, although the legislation does not refer to union officials being members. The same rules apply for Belgian employee representatives at board level.

Further information on the national SE legislation can be found here.

L. Fulton (2015) Worker representation in Europe. Labour Research Department and ETUI. Produced with the assistance of the SEEurope Network, online publication available at http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations.