Name:Evaluation of the operation and effects of information and consultation directives in the EU/EEA countries – Fitness Check
Project leader:PhDr. Štěpánka Lehmann, Ph.D.
Provider:European Commission
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Start of project:2011
End of project:2011
Project recipient:Deloitte Consulting
Project co-recipient:VÚPSV, v. v. i.

The research was part of an international project financed by the European Commission and coordinated by Deloitte Consulting in Belgium. In 2010 the European Commission launched a review process of the European legislation in selected areas via “fitness checks", the purpose of which was to check whether the existing European legislation was in accordance with real needs. The project focused on legislation in the field of informing and consulting employees, i.e. on directives No. 98/59/EC on collective redundancies, No. 2001/23/EC on transfer of companies and No. 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees. In order to enhance efficiency of the European legislation in this regard, a survey in 27 European countries was carried out regarding efficiency, relevance and coherence of the measures arising from these directives. The main issues at hand were whether the measures correspond to the needs of employees and employers, what costs and what benefit result from the measure for particular stakeholders and for society as a whole. The RILSA’s task was to learn how the measures arising from the mentioned directives are applied in practice in CZ, to what extent rights related to informing and consulting employees are enforceable and what particular benefit, what pros and cons the directives have had for Czech employees and employers. In addition to the study of existing literature, information was mainly collected via interviews with relevant stakeholders (i.e. representatives of MoLSA, Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, Confederation of Industry and State Labour Inspection Office) and two case studies in sample companies, where always two representatives were interviewed – one from the trade union and the other from the management team.