In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of European Works Councils (EWCs) is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The agreement establishing the groupu0092s EWC was signed in 1997 and renewed in November 2001. It was signed by the six French trade union organisations, members of the Air France Board of Directors and of the EWC. It was also signed by trade union representatives from 11 countries.