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PR(05)35: The Authority delivers reasoned opinions to Iceland and Liechtenstein for failure to implement Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees

14.11.2005

The EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered today reasoned opinions both to Iceland and Liechtenstein because of their failure to ensure implementation of Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the EEA. The two countries should have implemented the Directive before 23 March 2005.

The objective of Directive 2002/14/EC is to establish a general framework setting out minimum requirements for the right of employees to information and consultation. These requirements shall apply to all companies above a certain size.

Employee information and consultation covers the following three areas in relation to undertakings:

  • developments in the undertakings activities or economic situation;
  • structure and foreseeable development of employment and related measures; and
  • decisions likely to lead to substantial changes in work organisation or contractual relations.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinions is   to give the States in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland and Liechtenstein have been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Michael Sanchez Rydelski, Deputy Director, Legal & Executive Affairs
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 34.

14 November 2005




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