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Parliamentary questions
6 November 2013
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission

1. Without being aware of the details of the operation, the Commission is concerned about the social and economic consequences that the closure of the Goodyear Dunlop plant in Amiens may bring with it.

2. It is for the Member State to decide whether to apply for co-funding of support for the workers by the EGF. If it does so, it will propose the measures which it deems suitable as components of a personalized package of support for the workers. No application co-financed so far has included specific support to the setting up of a cooperative. However, most applications have proposed contributions to the start-up costs of businesses. If several workers decided to set up a cooperative, they could pool their individual contributions and start a new business in the form of a cooperative.

3.  No ESF funding or support is foreseen for Goodyear.

4. EC law(1) imposes on the employer the obligation to inform and consult workers' representatives on the economic and employment situation of the undertaking as well as on his/her decisions which affect workers. In case of restructuring or closure of undertakings, such consultation aims, i.e., at avoiding collective redundancies or reducing their number and mitigating their consequences.

(1)In particular, Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community, OJ L 80, 23.3.2002, p. 29; Directive 98/59/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to collective redundancies, OJ L 225, 12.8.1998, p. 16; Directive 2009/38/EC on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees, OJ L 122 of 16.5.2009.

OJ C 46 E, 18/02/2014
Last updated: 8 November 2013Legal notice