European Works Councils case studies: The Eiffage group
In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of EWCs is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The agreement setting up the EWC of the Eiffage group was negotiated in 1997 and signed in June 1998. It was renewed on 29 August 2001 for four years.