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European-level Representation

The cooperation committee chooses most employee representatives for European level bodies. The one exception relates to board level representatives in a European Company – they must be elected by the workforce.

European Works Councils

Members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the EWC are appointed by the cooperation committee, or if that does not exist, by the trade union representatives or by a ballot of all employees. Only employees may be members.

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

European Company

Members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European Company are appointed by the cooperation committee, or if that does not exist, by the trade union representatives or by a ballot of all employees. Only employees may be members.

The situation is the same for members of the SE representative body (works council), as set up under the annex to the directive.

However, Danish employee representatives at board level in a European Company based in Denmark are elected by all employees, in accordance with the rules on board-level representation in Danish company legislation. The election is organised by an electoral committee consisting of both employee and management representatives.

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.