Unions meet with Commission on state of affairs EDF

(26 February 2016) The French public company EDF (electricity) is facing [many challenges->https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/dossier/france/et-si-edf-faisait-faillite]. The many [ten thousands of workers->http://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/energie-environnement/021637173739-edf-prevoit-jusqua-4200-suppressions-de-poste-mais-sans-licenciement-1194104.php] are concerned about the future of the company. To add to the problems [the European Commission->http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5424_en.htm] wants to open the market for the [hydro-power concessions->http://www.nera.com/content/dam/nera/publications/2015/PUB_France_Hydro_Future_A4_1115.pdf] of the company. There is a risk this will cost jobs and make the company more fragile. There will also be an impact on the public service obligations of the company. To discuss these problems the EDF unions, EPSU and IndustriAll met with the director general of the DG Energy Dominique Ristori. EDF remains one of the most competent electricity providers in the European Union. It has an extremely competent workforce with high technical skills in production as well as distribution. Its hydropower facilities have saved the European electricity network from breakdown. The French government is in negotiations with the European Commission. The meeting took place on 25 February 2016 in Brussels. EPSU’s utilities policy staff Guillaume Durivaux and EPSU General Secretary were present.