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European-level Representation

Croatian representatives on bodies related to European Works Councils and the European Company are in most cases elected by all Croatian employees in the companies involved. The choice of an employee representative at board level in a European Company is the exception, as he or she is chosen by the works council of the European Company, in line with national practice for employee board-level representation in Croatian companies.

 

European Works Councils

 

Croatian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC are elected by the employees of the company involved in a secret ballot. The candidates can be proposed either by trade unions with members in the company concerned, or by a group of at least 10% of the employees. The primary legislation does not specify whether or not SNB members must be employees of the company. However, it states that the government will issue detailed regulations covering the election of employee representatives from Croatia.

 

The arrangements are exactly the same for Croatian members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive.

 

European Company

 

Croatian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for a European Company are elected by the employees of the company involved in a secret ballot. The candidates can be proposed either by trade unions with members in the company concerned, or by a group of at least 10% of the employees. The primary legislation does not specify whether or not SNB members must be employees of the company. However, it states that the government will issue detailed regulations covering the election of employee representatives from Croatia.

 

The arrangements are exactly the same for Croatian members of the SE representative body, known in the Croatian legislation as the works council of a European company, set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive.

 

Where an employee representative from Croatia is to be appointed at board level in a European Company set up under the fall back provisions of the directive, he or she should be appointed or elected by the works council of the European Company. This is in line with national practice for choosing employee representatives on the boards of Croatian companies. They are appointed, and can be recalled, by the national works council.

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

L. Fulton (2013) 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.