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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesarbeitsgericht (Germany) lodged on 11 December 2020 – Industriegewerkschaft Metall (IG Metall) and ver.di – Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft

(Case C-677/20)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants, appellants and appellants on a point of law: Industriegewerkschaft Metall (IG Metall), ver.di – Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft

Parties involved: SAP SE, SE-Betriebsrat der SAP SE, Konzernbetriebsrat der SAP SE, Deutscher Bankangestellten-Verband e. V., Christliche Gewerkschaft Metall (CGM), Verband angestellter Akademiker und leitender Angestellter der chemischen Industrie e. V.

Question referred

Is Paragraph 21(6) of the Gesetz über die Beteiligung der Arbeitnehmer in einer Europäischen Gesellschaft (German Law on involvement of employees in a European company), which determines that, in the case where an SE [Societas Europaea; European Company] with its registered office in Germany is established by means of transformation, a separate selection procedure for persons nominated by trade unions for a certain number of supervisory board members representing the employees must be guaranteed, compatible with Article 4(4) of Council Directive 2001/86/EC of 8 October 2001 supplementing the Statute for a European company with regard to the involvement of employees? 1


1 OJ 2001 L 294, p. 22.