FCA: Plans for 2018 still unknown

The Italian company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has not yet announced its production plan for 2018 in Serbia, writes the Danas daily.

The negotiations on a new contract between the Serbian government and FCA, as well as a new model for the FCA factory in Kragujevac, should, according to the latest information from the Serbian government, begin in the beginning of summer.

The current agreement between the Serbian government and Fiat, which was signed in September 2008, and which stipulates opening of a joint venture automobile factory in Kragujevac in which the Italian side has a 67% stake, and the Serbian 33%, expires in scheduled in September this year.

On 25th May, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced the beginning of the negotiations for October of last year, but nothing came off that.

Also, the management of FCA Serbia is yet to announce its production plan for 2018. The workers’ representatives did meet with Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic recently to discuss the current situation in the factory and its future.

Serbian government has signed a collective agreement with FCA Serbia which regulates the rights and obligations of the employees and the company’s management in the next three years, which, according to the experts, is one of the indicators which direction will the negotiations about the new agreement between the Serbian government and Fiat take.

As for the production plan, unofficial sources say that FCA’s management expects the Kragujevac factory to produce a slightly higher number of cars this year, compared to last year’s 75,000.

(eKapija, 20.01.2018)



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