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A third of supervisory board members in the Netherlands are nominated by the works councils in larger companies, although the arrangements mean that the influence of employees is very indirect. This, together with the large number of multinational companies based in the Netherlands, meant there was interest in the directive. Both unions and employers were consulted on legislation implementing the directive through the Social and Economic Council, but, although a number of technical issues were taken up, there was no wider public debate.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in the Netherlands (Final report: 25 April 2005)

On 1 April 2005, the laws implementing the SE Statute and the SE Directive came into force, almost six months after the official deadline. Notwithstanding this delay, SEs had already been created in the Netherlands, the first as early as 8 October 2004. The major part of what follows is devoted to the implementation of the Directive. I will also pay attention, however, to implementation of the Statute, and the – complex – relationship between the law implementing the Directive and other codetermination laws.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in the Netherlands (Archived reports) netherlands_transposition_archive.pdf 56,28 kB

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


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