The influential Workers’ Council at the German automotive giant, Volkswagen plans to prevent the construction of a new large car manufacturing plant in one of the countries of Southeastern Europe, with Serbia mentioned as one of the serious candidates for the location of the new plant – writes the German daily, Bild am Sonntag.
The Workers’ Council intends to vote against this project at the session of the company’s Supervisory Board this spring.
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The daily also states that the Board considers that the company’s existing capacities in Europe are not sufficiently used and that it is possible to adapt them to the planned production of different types of cars.
According to Volkswagen, the company has been looking for a location for a new one-billion-euro worth plant for months and is currently examining ten sites in Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The plant should start operating in late 2022 and would produce up to 300,000 vehicles annually.
The VW Supervisory Board, according to the German Labour Code, has 20 members, of which half, including the vice-chairman of the board, appoints the Workers’ Council, which mostly comprises of trade union leaders. All decisions of the company’s management of the company must be approved by the Supervisory Board.
Belgrade’s daily Vecernje Novosti reported in early March that Volkswagen decided to build a new factory in Serbia. According to the information, the Serbian plant would produce Skoda and Seat models and the first cars are supposed to be manufactured in 2023.
(Beta, Naslovi.net, 10.03.2019)
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