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EU: Enlargement and EWCs

EU opened accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova. Though we do not expect this to be finalised anytime soon, will companies with operations in those countries be requested to include employees' representatives from there on their EWCs, even as observers?

Why it matters: This matters for all-staff communication as it raises questions on representation and potential challenges in the EWC structure. The EU does not negotiate entry terms; countries must adhere to the Union's rules in entirety. There are no special deals or opt-outs. This highlights the comprehensive nature of EU membership.

What's next: Companies may face difficulties in refusing involvement from Ukraine and Moldova due to their ongoing EU membership process. It is important to consider the absence of legal systems for nominating representatives in these countries.

The bottom line: The low union membership in Ukraine and Moldova poses challenges in the representation of all employees in EWCs. This is an issue we plan to cover in our October workshop in Sitges: Planning for EWCD III: What Can You Do Now?”. We will also look at how you can make sure that countries in Central and Eastern Europe are properly represented on your EWC, something that has being developing as an issue for many companies

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Authors: Tom Hayes

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