How do employees request the establishment of a European Works Council?
Only a public or private entity carrying out an economic activity employing over 1,000 persons throughout the European Economic Area (EEA) with at least 150 employees in each of two separate EEA states is affected by employees' right to request the establishment of a European Works Council. Employees may require the management to provide information on employee numbers in order to determine whether or not they are eligible for a council. A petition of 100 or more employees in at least two of the EEA member states or their representatives can request the establishment of a special negotiating body to oversee the creation of a European Works Council. The request must be made in writing, dated and sent to relevant management.