“As we are a little wary, we are supporting Bridgestone very, very closely”, assured Monday, December 21 on franceinfo Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry who goes to Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) in the afternoon for a working meeting with the representatives of the employees of the plant, nearly three months after the announcement of its closure. “We have made a lot of progress “, said the minister.
We have not found solutions for everyone and for the site, but we have made great progress in three directions.Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry
“First direction: we have set up a platform for employees which allows them to have access to all the job offers in the employment pool” and, according to the minister, 133 employees out of the 863 of the site “have made a choice to leave the factory”.
“The second thing is that we have appointed a consulting firm to support local industrial projects (…). Today, under the recovery plan, we have nine projects that are already supported and I will announce three more later “, said Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
“Then, the third thing is that we are working to find a buyer at Bridgestone. We are working on it with the region, with the agglomeration and we are working on it with Bridgestone but as we are a little wary, we are supporting Bridgestone very , very close to ensuring that things are done on time and with the necessary ambition “, also explained the minister.
She clarified that “24 companies have shown an interest in looking at the file and nine are looking more deeply into the situation.” The idea is to support “the hidden champions of the territory”, explains the minister.