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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003054-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  The company Italia Wanbao-ACC S.r.l. in the province of Belluno is at risk of closure — request for intervention by the European Commission
 Answer in writing 

The metalworking company Italia Wanbao-ACC S.r.l. in Mel in the province of Belluno has been producing compressors for 50 years. In 2014, it was taken over by the Chinese multinational ‘Wanbao Group Compressor Co Ltd’, which is controlled by the Chinese municipality of Guangzhou, which came to an agreement with the Italian Government to keep the Belluno site in operation, committing itself to making investments. In 2018, however, a restructuring of the company led to a significant reduction in the workforce with very serious consequences for the socioeconomic fabric of the province of Belluno. On 4 September 2019, the Chinese management announced a reduction in output and said that the funding for the revitalisation of the company was exhausted without providing any guarantees regarding the future of the factory. According to the workforce and the trade unions, the Mel site is at risk of imminent closure leaving the 290 employees unemployed with little prospect of finding other employment and consequently facing serious economic difficulties together with their families in a region already hit by the economic crisis and unemployment.

In view of the urgency of the situation, I should like the Commission to answer the following questions:
1. Does it intend to make representations to the Chinese Government in defence of the 290 workers in Mel?
2. How does it intend to support these workers?
3. Can it say whether the circumstances dictate that the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) should be mobilised in support of these workers and their families?
Original language of question: IT 
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