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Parliamentary questions
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28 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001924-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Closure of Trony centres in Italy and in Veneto. Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for electronics businesses
 Answer in writing 

On 15 March 2018, the Court of Milan declared the DPS Group bankrupt. DPS Group operated 43 Trony centres in Italy, employing more than 500 workers. Six of these centres were in Veneto: in Verona, Zero Branco (Treviso), Santa Maria di Sala (Venezia), Albignasego, Conselve and Rubano (Padova), and they employed around 100 workers.

It is worth noting that no notice was given and no negotiations took place with the employees before the announcement of the closure. The employees only received notice of the closure of the centres on 16 March 2018; considering that these workers find themselves suddenly unemployed and with little prospect of relocation, and that long-term unemployment will cause serious economic difficulties to their families; considering the changes that are taking place in the area of consumer electronics because of the transformation in the supply and demand of these products.

Can the Commission say:
1. How it intends to protect the 100 workers who have lost their jobs in Veneto and the other Italian workers affected by the Trony centres crisis?
2. Whether the conditions for the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund have been met, with a view to supporting these workers as well as workers from the Mediaworld and Euronics chains who are suffering from the advent of E-commerce?
Original language of question: IT 
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