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Eighth European Meeting of Employee Ownership – Brussels, 18 May
The Eighth European Meeting of Employee Ownership will be held in Egmont Palace, in the center of Brussels on May 18, 2009. Registration and practical information

Your country compared to others in 2008
Each European country can easily be compared to others regarding employee ownership in 2008, thanks to a set of ten graphs, using fully comparable information. Download country files

Manifesto for the 2009 European Parliament Elections

Six proposals and questions to all candidates. All answers and reactions are published on the website. Yet a number of interesting reactions from MEPs and others: Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Patrick Moulin, Glenis Willmott, Stephen Hughes, Brian Simpson, Bernard Lehideux, Robert Goebbels, Frédéric Lefebvre and others. Detailed information

Press review
Much new information about employee ownership in February 2009, with 1.584 articles in this press review (on which 670 involving stock options and 325 about workers' cooperatives). We made a selection of  44 remarkable articles in 12 countries: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Netherlands, UK, USA.
Austria: Capital increase for Voestalpine in order to further expand its employee share ownership scheme.
Canada: The employee-shareholders may have established the new model for the pulp and paper industry, says Forests Minister.
France: National debate: Which profit sharing? Which new social deal? Which place for employee ownership? On the other hand, with 30% held by 57.000 employees, employee ownership is a pillar for Eiffage since its employee buyout in 1989.
Germany: That's it !! Following the Bundestag, the Bundesrat has also voted the new legislation for the promotion of employee ownership, it can now come into force. Opel bailout: Employee ownership could be a key-point.
India: Do employee stock option plans make sense in economic meltdown?
Ireland: Bank employees who have worked in the sector for a long time have suffered huge losses as they were paid bank share options and these share funds being now practically worthless. Fears for job cuts in Eircom (35% employee-owned).
Italy: A new unified legislation about employee share ownership is now discussed in the Senate.
Netherlands: A majority of workers at chip machinery maker ASML has rejected company plans to delay paying their 13th month bonus and replace it with share options.
UK: Almost three-quarters of FTSE-100 companies' employee share options are now underwater. Bankers are as much victims of the financial crisis as their customers, according to leading lawyers.
USA: Employee ownership growing in popularity. The percentage of workers receiving stock options in 2008 was unchanged from previous years, which suggests that broad-based equity plans, contrary to conventional wisdom, are not a relic of the past… Newspapers crisis: Union to discuss possible employee buyout in Seattle.

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Marc Mathieu
Secretary General
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EFES' objective is to act as the umbrella organization of employee owners, companies and all persons, trade unions, experts, researchers, institutions looking to promote employee ownership and participation in Europe.

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