Employee involvement in decision-making is widespread in Europe. Even so, companies still try to avoid their obligations. European minimum standards could prevent that.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has to decide whether the German system of employee board-level representation is compatible with EU law. A shareholder of the travel company TUI has brought an action to challenge the German rules on the choice of supervisory board members. Norbert Kluge, an expert in the area, explains that Europeanisation and board-level representation go together well.
The extent to which companies assume social responsibility depends in part on the institutional context. Employee participation in decision-making has a positive impact.
Companies with employee representation at board level play a bigger role in the German dual-training system than those where this is not the case, an analysis using the new co-determination index MB-ix shows.
Does employee representation on the boards of German companies breach EU law? The European Court of Justice will soon have to decide if this is true. But experts think
the arguments of those bringing the case are wrong.