Prof. Aukje van Hoek participates as legal expert in the EC study on Building an Enabling Environment for Voluntary and Autonomous Negotiations at Transnational Level between Trade Unions and Multinationals Companies (EC Grant Agreement VP/2014/003/0095), initialized by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
The project proposes to build an enabling environment for Transnational Company Agreements by implementing several actions. First of all, it encourages the European Trade Union Federations to discuss and spread best practices about transnational negotiations in order to establish a shared set of rules guiding trade unions entering into this kindof negotiations. Secondly, it intends to involvein its activities also Multinational Company managements and employer representatives with the goal of identifying key elements that hamper these negotiations. By doing so, the ETUC proposal for an optional legal framework at European level (whose rules shall be designed by the social partners themselves thanks to mechanism of self-regulation and co-regulation) and, as result, to make pressure on EU institutions in order to take steps towards its approval. The research on legal aspects is therefore of fundamental importance for the success of such project. It is indeed intended to give an academic support to the proposal of the optional legal framework for TCSs in terms of legal certainties about effects they can produce as well as insertion in the EU legal order.