The company may refuse to allow these meetings to be held during working hours.

6. However, in presenting some suggestions for the consideration of the Central Committee and local churches, which have specifically asked to be consulted on the Assembly theme, the Focus Group expressed the view that the idea of grace (even if that word was not specifically used in the Assembly theme) offered many possibilities by virtue of the richness of meanings it possessed in different church traditions. Many emphasized that the theme should:

7. The Core Group now intends to consult with the local churches in Brazil and to seek, by correspondence, preliminary feedback from Central Committee members on the themes that have been proposed in the course of its own process of reflection and discussion. Therefore, the Select Group looks forward to receiving comments on the following proposed topics, which seek to express some or all of the criteria or considerations indicated above:

How to organize a workers’ assembly

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Council Directive 94/45/EC of 22 September 1994 on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees [See amending acts].

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The members of the special negotiating body and of the European Works Council, and any experts who assist them, shall not be authorised to disclose to third parties information which has expressly been communicated to them in confidence.

The obligations arising from this Directive shall not apply to Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings in which there is already an agreement applicable to all employees providing for the transnational information and consultation of employees. When such agreements expire, the parties may jointly decide to extend them. Otherwise, the provisions of this Directive shall apply.

Law 10 1997 of April 24

The examination carried out has led the Commission to modify certain proposals envisaged in the consultation document, for example in relation to the provisions aimed at effective decision-making in undertakings, limiting the transnational scope, introducing a threshold for representation, seeking

the competent organ of the SCE or with any other more appropriate level of management of the SCE that is competent to take decisions of its own, to be informed and consulted on measures significantly affecting employees’ interests.

Management of a company by the employees themselves through bodies elected by them.

Council Directive 94/45/EC of 22 September 1994 on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees sets out the procedure for the formation or establishment of a European Works Council.

Community-scale undertakings employing 1000 employees or more from member states, or 150 employees or more in at least two different member states; and having establishments in different member states of the EU and the other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area may establish a European Works Council.

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One member representing the employees in each member state in which the company has establishments, or in which the controlling company of a Community-scale group of companies is located.

In 2003, the Commission decided that it was necessary to make a modification; its reason prevails in the changes that have taken place since the rule was created, such as the great increase in the processes of transnationalization of investments and companies.

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