On 30 October 2020, Spanish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Javi López of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament posed a written parliamentary question to the European commission:
“The management of Faurecia has announced its intention to carry out a labour force adjustment plan involving the dismissal of 160 of the 308 workers at its plant in Abrera. The announcement follows various efforts by staff at the plant in terms of flexibility and an extension of a salary freeze.
Given the serious socio-economic repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and taking into account the provisions of Article 2 of Directive 98/59/EC on collective redundancies:
1. Is the Commission aware of the situation at Faurecia and is it considering measures to combat company closure and collective redundancies?
2. Does the Commission believe that this company could benefit from Next Generation EU funding to invest in restructuring and thus avoid closure?”
On 2 February 2021, Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit responded on behalf of the European Commission stating:
“1. The Commission is aware of the very difficult situation the Spanish automotive sector, including Faurecia, is currently facing. The national authorities are responsible for ensuring and when necessary enforcing that national rules implementing the EU directives on information and consultation of workers and on collective redundancies are correctly and effectively applied in practice by individual companies.
2. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restriction measures that followed, the Commission has taken a number of (emergency) initiatives to support the recovery. The Commission has provided immediate support to the labour market and social situation, including through the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiatives. The Commission proposed a new instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risk in an Emergency (SURE) adopted by the Council in May 2020. The Commission also proposed the Next Generation EU initiative of EUR 750 billion. The centrepiece of this initiative is the Recovery and Resilience Facility with EUR 672.5 billion aimed at boosting recovery and better preparing European economies and societies for the green and digital transitions. Additional funds were also proposed for the existing Cohesion policy programmes through the REACT-EU initiative to bridge the gap between the first emergency crisis response and a long-term recovery of the economy. It is the responsibility of Member States to explore how and which companies can benefit from these new funds, taking into account regional and local challenges as well as other available EU funds, notably the European Social Fund.”
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