PR(07)17: Liechtenstein fails to implement rules on employee involvement in European Cooperatives


Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered a reasoned opinion to Liechtenstein owing to that State's failure to implement the Directive supplementing the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (SCE) with regard to the involvement of employees (2003/72/EC), which should have been implemented by 18 August 2006. Liechtenstein has still not implemented the Directive.

The Directive governs the involvement of employees[1] in the affairs of European Cooperatives Societies set out pursuant to the rules provided in the Regulation on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society.

That Regulation aims at creating a uniform legal framework within which the cooperatives and other entities and natural persons from different EEA States should be able to plan and carry out the reorganisation of their business in cooperative form on an EEA scale. The Directive, in turn, was adopted in order to ensure that the establishment of a SCE does not entail the disappearance or reduction of practices of employee involvement existing within the entities participating in the establishment of a SCE.

The purpose of a reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Liechtenstein has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

[1] Involvement in the sense of the Directive means any mechanism, including information, consultation and participation, through which employees' representatives may exercise an influence on decisions to be taken in an undertaking.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Ms. Eeva Kolehmainen
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 32

3 May 2007

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