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Parliamentary questions
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12 August 2019
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002250/2019

The Commission has no power to intervene in specific company decisions. However, it urges them to follow good practice in anticipating and managing restructuring in a socially responsible manner in line with its communication entitled ‘EU Quality Framework for anticipation of change and restructuring’.(1)

Moreover, several EU Directives aim at the protection of workers in situations of company restructuring, such as Directive 98/59/EC on collective redundancies and Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees(2).

However, the Commission is not in a position to assess whether a private company has, or has not, complied with the national provisions which serve to implement the EU legislation referred to above which may be applicable in this case. It is for the competent national authorities, including the courts, to ensure that the national legislation transposing EU Directives is correctly and effectively applied by the employer concerned, having regard to the specific circumstances of the case.

The Commission points out that workers affected by restructuring may qualify for support from the European Social Fund, notably in France through training courses for employees entering a Contrat de sécurisation professionnelle, and, provided that the necessary conditions are met, from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.

(1)COM(2013) 0882 final of 13 December 2013.
(2)In particular, Directives 98/59/EC on collective redundancies and 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees.

Last updated: 14 August 2019Legal notice