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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tom Berendsen, Annie Schreijer-Pierik
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Mass redundancies at the tyre manufacturer Vredestein

According to a recent report in Tubantia, (1) 750 jobs are to be lost at tyre manufacturer Vredestein in Enschede. One of the reasons is that a new tyre plant was built in Hungary in 2015, cofinanced by Hungarian State aid. According to the report, EU subsidies were paid to help finance the building of the plant in Hungary (2) .

1. Was European funding used to finance the development of the plant in Gyöngyöshalász?

2. What is the Commission’s assessment of the fact that, although consideration was given to distortion of the market when examining the case for regional aid in the light of State aid rules, no account was taken of the relocation of jobs between regions of the EU within the company, and does the scope for applying different regional categories (3) as part of the State aid test provide an adequate basis for assessment in such situations, or ought that distinction to be abandoned?

3. How, and within what timeframe, will the Commission deploy funds from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) and other available funds together with the region to assist the Vredestein employees who are losing their jobs in Enschede?


(3)Article 107(3)(a) to (e) TFEU.
Original language of question: NL
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