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Parliamentary questions
11 December 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roberta Angelilli (PPE) , Amalia Sartori (PPE) , David-Maria Sassoli (S&D) , Alfredo Antoniozzi (PPE) , Silvia Costa (S&D) , Potito Salatto (PPE) , Marco Scurria (PPE) , Francesco De Angelis (S&D) , Alfredo Pallone (PPE) , Guido Milana (S&D) , Roberto Gualtieri (S&D)

 Subject:  Schneider Electric S.p.A. in Rieti: possible violations of the regulations for protecting workers and employment levels in the event of closures

Over the last few weeks, the French multinational company Schneider Electric, which produces thermal magnetic circuit breakers, has announced its intention to close its plant in Rieti, making some 181 direct employees redundant and jeopardising the employment of all those working in satellite industries. The plant in question has already been restructured in the past, resulting in a reduction in the numbers of employees from 300 to the current 181. In Italy, the group has around 3 000 employees spread across 5 production sites and 8 commercial centres (Rieti, Rome, Bastia Umbra, Florence, Naples, Pesaro, Castel Maggiore, Pieve di Cento, Cairo Montenotte, Pavia, Stezzano, Milan, Turin) as well as an integrated logistics centre at Venaria, out of a worldwide total of approximately 110 000 employees.

Yet the factory in Rieti, which has been operating for over 30 years, is its most automated plant and has an extremely high standard of quality. This makes it a vital centre for the economy, society and employment of the whole region.

Despite the willingness already shown by trade unions and local authorities to sustain production and seek alternative solutions, given that production volumes are forecast to remain constant in 2013, Schneider Electric has stood firm in recent days, confirming its desire to close the Rieti site and lay off all its employees. All this will also lead to a downsizing of the production structure throughout the Rieti area, which has already been hit hard by other redundancies over the last few years because of the current unfavourable short-term economic prospects.

In view of the above, can the Commission state:
1. Whether Schneider Electric has complied with the provisions of Directive 98/59/EC on collective redundancies and with Article 2 in particular?
2. Whether the provisions of Directive 94/45/EC, as amended by Directive 2009/38/EC, Directive 2002/14/EC on information and consultation procedures for workers, Directive 2001/23/EC on safeguarding employees’ rights and Directive 2008/94/EC have been complied with?
3. Whether Schneider Electric has complied with the provisions of Directive 2006/54/EC, which prohibit, amongst other things, direct and indirect discrimination between men and women in relation to terms of dismissal?
4. What measures are envisaged to protect and safeguard jobs which are under threat;
5. What general strategy the Commission intends to adopt in the 2014-2020 financial programme to tackle such situations?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 321 E, 07/11/2013
Last updated: 8 January 2013Legal notice