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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2019
E-003318-19
Question for written answer E-003318-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Susana Solís Pérez (Renew) , Jordi Cañas (Renew) , María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew) , Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew) , Javier Nart (Renew) , Mazaly Aguilar (ECR) , José Ramón Bauzá Díaz (Renew)

 Subject:  Vesuvius PLC closures

The British company Vesuvius PLC has decided to close two of its Spanish plants in Langreo and Miranda de Ebro. On 12 September 2019, Vesuvius submitted a labour force adjustment plan with a view to laying off 128 members of staff, in the event that no agreement can be reached by the committee convened to decide whether the plants should remain open.

The plants had a combined profit of EUR 2.3 million in 2018, an increase of 53.3% on the previous year. This is a clear example of profitable companies being relocated. The closures also condemn these regions to a future without prospects, which in turn will further increase the rates of depopulation as well as exacerbating the economic and social differences between the regions of Europe.

In light of this extremely serious state of affairs:
1. What measures will the Commission propose in its industrial policy strategy to prevent the relocation of industry to regions with lower labour costs?
2. What will it to do to ensure that a forward-looking industrial strategy is put in place that improves the operating conditions of companies, maximises the use of European financial instruments and protects workers?
Original language of question: ES 
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