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An alternative approach to the European Parliament's proposed revision of the European Works Councils Directive

To promote the EU employer community’s alternative approach to the European Parliament’s proposed revision of the 2009 recast European Works Councils (EWCs) directive, BusinessEurope is organising a webinar to explain in a concrete way the reasons for business concerns about a possible revision of the EWCs directive, focusing on the negative impact such a revision would have on their competitiveness and the unjustified interference this would create into their EWC practices. The experience of three companies based in different countries will be presented and discussed.

Draft agenda


Welcome and introduction by:

  • Maxime Cerutti, Director for Social Affairs, BusinessEurope

Setting the scene: what EU action is needed on European Works Councils

  • Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission
  • Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, Renew Europe Group, shadow rapporteur of the file and member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, European Parliament
  • Isabelle Schömann, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
15.00-15.05 Coffee break

Company examples: European Works Councils in action

  • Volker Stephan, Head of Labour Relations, ABB
  • Miguel Valcarcel, Vice President Employer Strategy & Industrial Relations, Groupe Renault; and Eric Vidal, Committee Secretary, Groupe Renault
  • Gian Luigi Cattaneo, Vice-President Human Resources, IBM EMEA, and Chair of the European Works Council



Conclusions by:

  • Maxime Cerutti, Director for Social Affairs, BusinessEurope


Last updated: 17 February 2023