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Dutch multinationals benefit from EU development cash for Poland

Saturday 05 January 2013

Major multinationals such as ING, Unilever and Philips have had millions of euros from special EU development funds to stimulate employment in poorer regions such as Poland, Trouw reported on Saturday.

The money is supposed to be spent on ‘strengthening the knowledge and skills of employees at Polish companies, largely small and medium-sized firms’. However, says Trouw, some of the cash has been spent on courses for managers at big companies.

Trouw says some €300m in subsidies has been paid out so far to help the poorest regions, of which half has gone to stock exchange-listed companies and multinationals. The rules were tightened up last June to ensure more money went to small firms.

Listed companies

The organisations and companies which qualified for subsidies include local government, job centres and NGOs. But the list also includes ING, Unilever and Philips, alongside Mercedes Benz, BMW, Renault, Heinz, EDF, Nestlé, Deutsche Bank and Pepsi Cola, Trouw states.

Unilever received €1m for a training programme to improve staff ‘winning’ skills. ING Bank Slaski also had €1m to train managers, while ING financial services was given €900,000 to train its staff.

Philips needed €300,000 to teach its Polish workers about ‘people and values’ and Rabobank’s Polish subsidiary BGZ had almost €2.5m in EU money, Trouw says.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The big companies may technically do nothing unlawful. Technically. But their attitude to monopolize by not paying taxes, by becoming a state in the state, by corrupting politicians and authorities, by having managers with high bonuses no matter if they make good or bad, by filling the media with their advertisements, all this makes me dislike them and wishing they never existed.

Dutch authorities tend to like the huge companies because they make their work easier (especially for taxes) but at what cost? I think the opposite should happen in time of crisis caused by exactly such type of companies, for example there should be something like a "monopoly tax" which the biggies should pay proportionally to their size.

By George | 5 January 2013 5:41 PM

Shell laid off their Dutch HR staff and outsourced their human resources to a call center in Krakow.

By Bob | 6 January 2013 2:14 PM

I suspect teh bulk of this money is being used by big companies to transfer Dutch jobs to cheaper developing countries. This is a no win situaton for The Netherlands. EU money is being used to put Dutch people out of work.

By Remi | 6 January 2013 3:26 PM

Actually, Shell (like a lot of other multinational companies) moved (that is closed) thier offices in France, Spain, Italy or UK, and centralized their Customer Center and Supply Chain in Holland. Was that a benefit for those countries?
Maybe it's good to check your facts before leaving comment. And welcome to EU by the way

By Scarlett | 7 January 2013 4:35 PM

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