Answer to Written Question: Situation at Coelima

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Schmit

on behalf of the European Commission


The Portuguese authorities have informed the Commission that COELIMA – Indústrias Têxteis, S.A. has not received support from the European Structural and Investment Funds during the periods 2007-2013 and 2014-2020. In the 2000-2006 period, COELIMA was granted EUR 6 109.78 from the European Social Fund (ESF), for a project under the Operational Programme for Economy.

The current ESF and the future ESF+ can support entreprises, redundant workers or the unemployed through training and upskilling to support employability. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)[1] is set up to assist workers dismissed in major restructuring events, by financing training and labour market reintegration measures, including start-up investments.

Portugal received a loan of EUR 5.9 billion from the European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak[2], EUR 4.9 billion to be invested in job preservation measures for workers.

Through REACT-EU[3], COMPETE[4] has allocated EUR 114 million to the programme ATIVAR.PT, supporting job creation and placements in companies. The resilience and recovery plan for Portugal[5] includes temporary subsidies for the creation of permanent jobs, potentially helping laid off workers to find a permanent job.

Considering that the European structural and investment Funds are implemented under shared management with Member State authorities and that support for companies in difficulty is subject to State aid rules, the managing authorities of the programmes ‘NORTE 2020’[6], COMPETE and the national agency responsible for the coordination of regional policy co-financed by EU Funds[7] will be able to provide the company with details on the existing possibilities for funding.

[1] Regulation (EU) 2021/691 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 April 2021 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013.

[2] Council Regulation (EU) 2020/672 of 19 May 2020 on the establishment of a European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency, following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

[3] Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe.

[4] National programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation – Compete2020

[5] COM(2021) 321 final, EUR-Lex – 52021PC0321 – EN – EUR-Lex (

[6] NORTE 2020 – Programa Operacional Regional do Norte –

[7] Agência para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão, Avenida 5 de Outubro, nº. 153, 1050-053 Lisboa,

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