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European-level Representation

Romanian members of European bodies linked with European Works Councils and the European Company are chosen by the existing employee representatives, who, in the vast majority of cases, will be the trade union representatives at company level.

European Works Councils

Romanian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC are appointed by the existing employees’ representatives. These are defined in the legislation as the trade union representatives, unless there is no union, in which case employees have a right to elect individuals to represent their interests. If there are no existing employees’ representatives – either trade unionists or others – Romanian employees can elect the Romanian members of the SNB directly.

The same procedures apply for the Romanian members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedures in the annex to the directive.

European Company

Romanian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for a European Company are appointed by the existing employees’ representatives. These are defined in the legislation as the trade union representatives, unless there is no union, in which case employees have a right to elect individuals to represent their interests. If there are no existing employees’ representatives – either trade unionists or others – Romanian employees can elect the Romanian members of the SNB directly.

The same procedures apply for the Romanian members of the SE representative body set up under the fallback procedures in the annex to the directive. The legislation does not deal with how Romanian representatives at board level under the fallback procedures to the directive are to be chosen.

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

L. Fulton (2011) Worker representation in Europe. Labour Research Department and ETUI (online publication).