What rights to be informed or consulted does a statutory European Works Council have?

The European Works Council (EWC) has the right to meet central management annually to be informed and consulted on the organisation's prospects and to receive information to enable it to perform its role. It also has the right to be informed and consulted where there are "exceptional circumstances or decisions affecting the employees' interests to a considerable extent, particularly in the event of relocations, the closure of establishments or undertakings or collective redundancies." Management must ensure that the EWC has sufficient financial and material support to enable it to perform its duties. It must meet the cost of organising meetings and provide travel and subsistence expenses.