European Parliament - Brussels
European Conference
6 February 2019 - 9:00 -12:00

Employee Share Ownership - The European Policy

"Employee share ownership for all" - this is the goal of the European Policy for 30 years. Today we are 10 million employee shareholders in 95% of all European listed companies, 30 million voters including families. However we would be six times more to be comparable with the USA. A European Action Plan was requested by the European Council in 2000, it was announced by the Commission in 2002, it was prepared by a Pilot Project in 2014 , the need was reaffirmed through the European Parliament's Resolution of 23 October 2018 and it has now to be implemented.

Please use this button for pre-registration. Given the limited number of places and for security reasons, the conference will be only by invitation.


01.12.2017:  Berlin - Tag der Teilhabe

13.12. 2017:  Paris - 13ème Grand Prix FAS de l'Actionnariat Salarié

10.05.2017:  Berlin - Tagung "Mehr Teilhabe am Kapital der Wirtschaft"

02.06.2016:  Menschen machen Wirtschaft: Für eine neue Beteiligungskultur in Deutschland - 66. Jahrestagung AGP

19.05.2016: Tenth European Meeting of Employee Share Ownership, Brussels, 19-20 May 2016

15.12.2015: Paris - 15 December 2015 - Grand Prix de l'Actionnariat Salarié 2015

20.11.2015: Berlin - 20 November 2015 - Tag der Teilhabe 2015

19.11.2015: La Rochelle - 19 November 2015 - Forum du Management 2015

21.06.2012: Mitarbeiterbeteiligung im Mittelstand - 21. Juni 2012 | 13.30 - 18.30 Uhr | Commerzbank, Frankfurt am Main

15.03.2012: Riccione 15.3.2012 - Tavola Rotonda Dircredito - Conapa - Fondazione Visentini

22.03.2012: Public Hearing in the European Parliament - March 22, 2012

30.05.2011: Deutschland-Konferenz zur Finanziellen Mitarbeiterbeteiligung - May 30-31, 2011 - Frankfurt/Oder

26.11.2010: European Conference in Brussels on November 26, 2010 - Belgian Presidency of the European Union
Ten years of public policies for employee share ownership in Europe - past, present, future"

16.09.2010: European Conference in Rome on Sept 16-17, 2010 - Exercising employee shareholders' rights in European companies
                  Programme and participation form   
                  Milano Finanza: A settembre il Convegno Europeo DirCredito in Roma sui diritti degli azionisti dipendenti
                Esercitare i diritti degli Azionisti dipendenti (32 pages in English and Italian)

30.09.2010: University of Aberdeen, September 30 - October 1, 2010: Co-operatives, mutuals, and employee-owned business in a global context, organised by the Co-Operative Education Trust Scotland

01.12.2009: Pictures of the Conference chaired by Lech Walesa in Warsaw on November 16, 2009

18 May 2009 - Brussels, Eighth European Meeting of employee share ownership
employee share ownership and the financial crisis. Survey of employee share ownership in European Countries in 2008. Manifesto for the 2009 European Parliament Elections. More information

23 May 2008 – Brussels, Seventh European Meeting of employee share ownership
The Seventh European Meeting of employee share ownership was held in the prestigious Solvay Library, just near the European Parliament. Most presentations and documents are now available. Get all information here

27.07.2007: Berlin Conference on October 25, 2007: "Financial Participation in the EU-27"

Sixth European Meeting of employee share ownership - 14-16 December 2006

For the first time in 2006, we ranked and analysed all European largest companies regarding employee share ownership, in a full systematic way. Ranking 2006 was first published during the Sixth European Meeting of employee share ownership on 14-16 December 2006 in Brussels. Click here for all presentations of the meeting

The European employee share ownership TOP 100 in 2006

For the first time in 2006, we published our rankings of Europe's largest companies regarding employee share ownership:
EUROCAP100: Companies being ranked by equity held by employees, in millions Euro. Europe's largest companies that are partly or totally employee-owned through an ESOP, Share Purchase Plan, or other Broad-Based Ownership Plan, or as a workers' co-operative.
: Companies being ranked by number of employees. Europe's largest companies that are 50% or more employee-owned through an ESOP, Share Purchase Plan, or other Broad-Based Ownership Plan, or as a workers' co-operative. Companies must be at least majority employee owned by at least 50% of their full-time employees or by an ESOP or profit sharing plan to qualify.
See all details here and the ranking 2006

18.09.2006: Warsaw - November 23-24, 2006: XVth Anniversary of the Polish Association of Employee Ownership - Click here for information
18.09.2006: Birmingham (UK) - October 11, 2006 - Successful elected representatives and employee directors (JOL's seminar)
18.09.2006: Birmingham (UK) - October 10, 2006 - Successful management in EO businesses (JOL's seminar)

26.06.2006: Sixth European Meeting of employee share ownership - 14-16 December 2006  Theme of the meeting: The European employee share ownership TOP 100 - Year 2006. For the first time in 2006, we will rank and analyse all European largest companies regarding employee share ownership, in a full systematic way. Ranking 2006 will be published during the Sixth European Meeting of employee share ownership on 14-16 December 2006 in Brussels.
01.06.2006: Bologna - 14 giugno 2006 "Piccoli Azionisti" - le associazioni presentano le loro idee
01.06.2006: Düsseldorf - 14. Juni 2006 "56. Bundeskonferenz der AGP (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Partnerschaft in der Wirtschaft)" - Veranstaltung der AGP und dem Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Mittelstand und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
27.04.2006: PinsentMasons Share Schemes Roadshow 2006 (UK - 18 and 21 September, 10 and 111 October)
22.03.2006: Ireland - Annual Jack Fitzpatrick Lecture for 2006, to be hosted by the Foundation for Research and Education in Employee Ownership in the National College of Ireland, IFSC on Thursday, 6 April at 6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.
17.03.2006: Basque Country, Mondragon University on 13-15 July 2006: 13th Conference of the IAFEP (International Association for the Economics of Participation)
27.01.2006: Cardiff, UK, Conference on September 6-8, 2006: "Reclaiming the Economy: the Role of Cooperative Enterprise, Ownership and Control", Cynoced Campus, University of Wales Institute
26.01.2006: Pinsent Masons' share schemes team: seminars and services in 2006

08.11.2005: Employee Engagement, Conference in Birmingham on December 1, 2005
17.10.2005: Participation, a stake for employment - Conference in the French Senate, November 7, 2005
employee share ownership and participation are now at the top of political and social debates in France.
Click here to get all information and registration form for the conference in the French Senate.
19.09.2005: Fachtagung zur Mitarbeiterbeteiligung
Das Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Partnerschaft in der Wirtschaft e.V. (AGP) und die saarländischen Wirtschaftskammern und -verbände veranstalten am 30. November 2005 von 10 bis 18 Uhr im Saarbrücker Schloss die Fachtagung „Ein Königsweg für mittelständische Betriebe: Mein Familienunternehmen durch Mitarbeiterbeteiligung zukunftssicher machen“. Die Teilnehmer erfahren aus Sicht der Tarifpartner, der Unternehmerfamilie und des Kreditgewerbes, welche Vorteile die Gewinn- und Kapitalbeteiligung bietet. Zahlreiche Praxisbeispiele ermöglichen es, von den Erfahrungen anderer Unternehmen mit der Mitarbeiterbeteiligung zu lernen. Unternehmer, Banken, Rechtsanwälte, Steuerberater und Wissenschaftler beantworten Fragen zum Thema. Weitere Informationen zur Fachtagung bei der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Partnerschaft in der Wirtschaft e.V. Tel. 0561/36044
31.08.2005: EFES Board Meeting in Brussels on September 30 - October 1, 2005: "EFES strategies"
31.08.2005: IAFP Conference in Brussels on September 28-29, 2005 "a model plan for financial participation in the European Union"
23.08.2005: Next European Level Workshop on Financial Participation and HRM, Leiden (NL) October 14, 2005

Belgian Programme for employee share ownership: EFES BELGIUM is now very successful in developing its Belgian Programme, including: experts pool, partners network, information, education and training, dissemination of the Spanish model of the sociedades laborales. See the websites on (mostly in French anf Dutch) and on

Polish website: Thanks to a Leonardo project organized by the University of Krakow, and EFES being a partner, we are now developing a full website in Polish with the help of two Polish students,we have here in Brussels two Polish students: Aleksandra Michalik and Maja Bobruk. You can see the Polish website on

New European Parliament and Commission: the European Parliament was reelected on June 13, 2004 and we get a new Commission, with new Commissionners and new competences. In this context, we plead for the idea that the competences about employee share ownership should move from DG Employment & Social Affairs to DG Enterprises. You can find our arguments in our EFES call to new Parliament and Commission The Commissionners' competences will be decided by the national governments. In this context, all EFES members in all countries could make efforts to lobby their national governments about that. In Belgium, we already discussed the point with our Prime Minister's cabinet and we sent him a personal letter.

Fifth European Meeting of employee share ownership on June 16-17, 2005
The meeting will gather 350 people about the European Programme EOLE (Employee Ownership Learning & Education). It will be held in Brussels in the prestigious installations of the National Bank of Belgium. See on

Fifth European Meeting of employee share ownership, June 16-17, 2005: all presentations, pictures and report
Fourth European Meeting of employee share ownership - BILBAO MONDRAGON - Report of the Meeting. Pictures of the Meeting.

Project SCOPE 2. The project has now its own website on
SCOPE 2 is a Phare programme with a global budget of 1.500.000 Euro for acceeding countries to install new services providing assistance to workers' cooperatives and participative enterprises in their development. CECOP (the European Confederation of Workers' Cooperatives is the leading organisation and EFES is a partner of the project. All EFES member organisations in the candidate countries are invited to take part.
SCOPE2 follows SCOPE1, which was considered by European Commissionner Erkki Liikanen as the best for Central and Eastern European Countries. The Report on SCOPE1 is really excellent: click here for a PDF version (68 pages).
You can see here the Report of the first partners' meeting in Prag, 0ctober 16-19, 2003, giving a short description of the project, its main components and the role of EFES.

EOLE - European Programmes for Employee Ownership Learning & Education: this is one of EFES' main new priorities.
A dedicated web page is open to discuss and to develop this project.
We have now a one-year project for years 2004-2005, with the support of the European Commission.
First stage, this project will help to collect and to describe existing education and training programmes in various countries.
Secondly, the project will have to define common specifications and contents for European programmes.
Thirdly, we shall go to a set of specifications for certifying education and learning programmes which will be developped localy within the various countries.
the kick-off meeting will be help on September 24, 2004 in Brussels, with some 30 experts.
A synthesis meeting will be held round April 15, 2005 in Brussels, with some 30 experts.
A final conference will be held round June 15, 2005, hopefully in Torino (Italy) or Brussels.

21.04.2005: Get the programme of the Fifth European Meeting of employee share ownership and all practical info (pdf)
23.12.2004: the Fifth European Meeting of employee share ownership will gather 350 people in Brussels on June 16-17, 2005
                       about EOLE (Employee Ownership Learning & Education)

15.12.2004: Het Groot Nederlands Participatieboek, Utrecht op 15 december 2004

September 25, 2004:
Extraordinary general meeting of EFES members in Brussels.

28.04.2004: Conference on employee financial participation in Europe, Paris, April 28-29, 2004. Organised by the French organisation "Europe et Société". They are still looking for speakers from EO companies in UK, Spain and other countries. Some EFES members are already registered as speakers: Erik Poutsma, Jean-Claude Mothié, Marc Mathieu. Here the draft programme in pdf. Registration on line on Contact: Jacques Moreau, Executive Manager,

May 16, 2003:
Brussels, EFES Board meeting and annual General Meeting of members.

March 28-29, 2003:
Conference of the Central and Eastern European Employee Ownership Network in Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Click here for the invitation, programme of the conference and registration form

March 21, 2003:
Brussels, Conference at Parliament's Hall: "Sociedades Laborales: a model for Belgium?", with the participation of: Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister; Laurette Onkelinx, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Employment; Charles Picqué, Minister of Economy; Patrick Dewael, Minister-President of the Flemish Government; Serge Kubla, Minister of Economie of the Walloon Government; Jaak Gabriels, Minister of Economy of the Flemish Government, and many others.

February 14-15, 2003:
Glasgow, Seminar of the project "European Academy on Employee Ownership". The project is organized by Employee Ownership Scotland, with EFES partnership. The aim is to gather European specialized researchers.

November 2002 - Fourth European Meeting of employee share ownership - BILBAO MONDRAGON - Report of the Meeting. Pictures of the Meeting.

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For information and contact
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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 share ownership and participation in Europe.