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After being fined by the European Court of Justice for failing to implement a directive on time, Belgium finally has a new employee consultation procedure for small and medium-sized companies. Frederique Gillet reports

European Directive 2002/14/C aims to establish “a general framework setting out minimum requirements for the rights to information and consultation of employees in undertakings or establishments within the Community”. The Directive, adopted on 11 March, 2002, gives each member state a choice in whether to implement this information and consultation process within undertakings, employing at least 50 employees in any member states, or within establishments employing at least 20 employees in any member states.

According to the Directive, the information and consultation process specifically covers economic issues and issues that affect employment:

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