Answer to Written Question: Case of the company Faurecia (Bragança)

(Source: European Parliament)  



Answer given by Mr Schmit

on behalf of the European Commission


The Portuguese authorities have informed the Commission that between 2014 and 2020, the Faurecia Escapes (Bragança) received EUR 871 180.22 under the European Social Fund and EUR 40 008 518.97 under the European Regional Development Fund for one project[1] as part of the COMPETE 2020 Operational Programme, within the strand ‘Business Innovation Incentive Systems’.

Moreover, the Honourable Member will find in Annex 1 an extract from the Financial Transparency System (FTS)[2], listing all the grants signed by the European Commission with entities including in their names the word ‘Faurecia’[3].

A number of EU Directives[4] protect workers in the event of large redundancies and foster adequate information and consultation processes. The competent national authorities must ensure that companies respect the relevant EU legislation including the existing obligations relative to large redundancies and that beneficiaries, when implementing operations supported from EU Funds, comply with such obligations. It is the responsibility of Member States to select the operations and beneficiaries. The Commission would therefore suggest that the Honourable Member consider contacting directly the national authorities[5].

Regarding working rotating shifts, the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC sets a protective framework for working and rest times across the EU. It contains provisions limiting the duration of night work and ensuring that health consequences of night work are monitored and addressed[6]. Equally, appropriate protection and prevention services equivalent to those applicable to other workers must be available to them at all times.

[1] Faurecia Escapes – Estratégia 2017.


[3] The FTS publishes beneficiaries of the EU budget directly administered by the Commission departments, its staff in the EU delegations, through executive agencies and of the European Development Fund. The FTS does not provide information on funding from the EU budget implemented by the Commission and Member States in shared management or implemented indirectly by other international organisations or non-EU countries. Moreover, the FTS does not provide information on very low value contracts below EUR 15 000.

[4] See, for instance, Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time; Directive (EU) 2019/1152 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union; Directive 2009/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (Recast).

[5] Agencia Desenvolvimento e Coesão,

[6] Night workers and shift workers are entitled to safety and health protection appropriate to the nature of their work, for instance through free health assessment before their assignment and thereafter at regular intervals, as disposed by the Article 9 of the abovementioned Working Time Directive.

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