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Estonia

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

There is no existing employee board-level representation in Estonia and the legislation implementing the directive on employee involvement in European companies was passed with little debate.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in Estonia (Final Report: February 2005)

The SE directive was transposed into Estonian law by the third chapter of the Employee Involvement. The draft of the Employee Involvement Act passed three readings in the Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament) without extensive debate. The Estonian law on employee involvement in the European Company (SE) was adopted in January 2005 and entered into force on 11 February 2005. According to the IEA, employees’ representatives are elected to the special negotiating body and the statutory representative body by a general meeting of employees. The Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions did not approve of this solution, stating that it should be the trade unions’ prerogative to elect employees’ representatives to these bodies.

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Problems of Introduction of Societas Europaea in Estonian Law

Andres Vutt and Margit Vutt (2007), in: JURIDICA INTERNATIONAL XII/2007, pp. 125-133

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Translated transposition laws 

The full text of the transposition laws and (for most countries) unofficial translations into English can be downloaded from the EU Commission website

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Lionel Fulton (2006) Anchoring the European Company in national law