The Steering Committee of the EWC met to consider the functioning of the EWC as foreseen in its EWC agreement. Colleagues noted a number of issues such as (lack of) presence of central management, preparation, availability of documents etc. Suggestions were discussed on how to improve this.
EPSU representative Jan Willem Goudriaan informed the colleagues of the amendments to the EWC directive as agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers 17 December 2008. An important improvement to the directive is a recognition of the role of the EWC representative to work with other workers' and trade union representatives and the workforce to ensure that they are informed of the work of the EWC. The next EWC meeting will be 19-21 May in Varna, Bulgaria.