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Overview of current state of SE foundations in Europe

Since 2005 the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels has been regularly issuing information on registered European Companies (SE) through its European Company Database, available online at http://ecdb.worker-participation.eu. ECDB information is compiled by Anders Carlson, Melinda Kelemen and Michael Stollt with support from the SEEurope network. The network, under the leadership of the ETUI, involves legal, economic and industrial relations experts from basically all EU member states.

The SE legislation represents a milestone not only in the field of EU Company Law but also in the field of European industrial relations. The SE Directive contains provisions for a legally binding procedure of company-level negotiations on employee information, consultation and participation (at board level). The ECDB aims to provide information on the use of the SE statute and to monitor implementation of the SE Directive in the field of employee involvement.

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