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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2016
Question for written answer E-008698-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Monika Hohlmeier (PPE)

 Subject:  Closure of the British American Tobacco (BAT) plant in Bayreuth
 Answer in writing 

The cigarette manufacturer BAT has hitherto been one of the most important regional economic factors for the Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) region in Bavaria (Germany) and the Oberfranken plant has been one of BAT’s largest worldwide. The company has been one of the largest private employers in the city. Every year approximately 40 million in orders have been commissioned from suppliers. Employees’ purchasing power has been around EUR 47 million. Up to now, the cigarette manufacturer has paid some EUR 15 million annually in corporate tax, which is equivalent to approximately one sixth of the total corporate tax revenue of the city of Bayreuth.

In July 2016, the decision was made to move the production of tobacco products from Bayreuth to Poland, Hungary, Romania and Croatia. At the time this decision was taken, BAT had approximately 1 400 employees. By the end of 2017, it is estimated that a total of 950 jobs will have disappeared. By mid-2018, the entire product range will have been relocated to other sites.

1. Has the Polish, Hungarian, Romanian or Croatian State granted or promised regional aid or direct or indirect aid (for example, by creating attractive conditions) for the transfer of production?

2. If so, what type of aid has been granted or promised and what is the amount of such aid?

3. Have regional aid notification procedures been initiated with the Commission, in accordance with Article 13 (d) of General Block Exemption Regulation 651/2014?

Original language of question: DE 
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