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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2013
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011306/2012

1-3. The Commission is not in a position to assess the facts or state whether a private company has or has not complied with national provisions implementing EU directives. It is for the competent national authorities, including the courts, to ensure that the national legislation transposing the EU Directives referred to by the Honourable Members is correctly and effectively applied by the employer concerned, having regard to the specific circumstances of each case.

4. The Commission urges companies and all stakeholders to anticipate restructuring as far as possible and to manage it in a socially responsible way. To that end, following the publication of its Green Paper on restructuring and anticipation of change, the Commission is now considering how best to encourage and ensure wide observance of best practice in that field.

If redundancies in Schneider Electric S.p.A. occurred as a result of changing world trade patterns, Italy could apply for support from the EGF(1), taking its intervention criteria into account.

5. The European Social Fund is the EU's main financial instrument for supporting Member States' employment policies and improving skills, including those of people made redundant. The Commission proposal for an ESF Regulation for the 2014-20 programming period seeks to continue promoting employment and supporting labour mobility, in particular through adaptation to change among workers, enterprises and entrepreneurs.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006, OJ L 48 of 22.2.2008 and Regulation (EC) No 546/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006, OJ L 167 of 29.6.2009.

OJ C 321 E, 07/11/2013
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