The Minister of Industry told Sud Radio that the rise in energy costs was putting a little more than 300 companies in difficulty. He questioned European market rules and promised public money to “limit the damage”.
The Minister of Industry, Roland Lescure revealed on September 20 on Sud Radio that some 300 French companies risked finding themselves in difficulty by the end of the year due to soaring costs of ‘energy. “We are talking today about a few dozen companies, a little over 300, who alert us by saying ‘there, I can’t anymore, something will have to be done'” he declared.
“These are the companies which are followed by Bercy, which consume a lot of electricity or which have not been able to renegotiate their electricity contracts”, explained to AFP the services of the ministry, without being able to specify the number. of jobs represented by these companies.
On the air, the minister recalled the existence of a support fund for businesses which makes it possible to “limit the damage a little”. “We have a support fund, we are in the process of easing the criteria, extending it for 2023, to support the companies that need it the most,” he said.
He mentioned the famous Duralex glassworks, which decided, faced with the explosion of energy costs, to put its oven on standby for at least four months from November and to place all of its employees on partial unemployment. .
The Minister, who visited the company’s industrial site in Loiret at the end of the week, reported that the glassmaker’s energy bill, which was 2 million euros last year, had reached “13 million euros this year.
“The first fight is European,” he added, referring to the rules of the European gas and electricity market, the prices of which, according to him, make “no sense” and that the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen promised to reform on September 14th.
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