Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Belgium, France, Germany
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

1,560 - 1,910 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 October 2011
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


On 26 and 27 October, 2011 the French public multinational industrial conglomerat Areva (120 500 employees) announced to its European Works Council its intention to cut nearly 950 jobs in the frame of a significant cost savings programme. Areva is involved in the nuclear energy sector.

Areva plans to cut 800 jobs in Germany and close a plant in Belgium that employs 150 workers. This results from the impact of the Fukushima disaster and the decision taken in some countries, as Germany, for a nuclear power phase-out.

Update: On the 13th of December 2011 the group gave more details of a drastic cost saving plan. Areva will increase the announced job cuts of 1,200 to 1,500 positions in Germany (see here), close a plant in Belgium (160 employees) and reduce its workforce in France (see here) by natural departures of 200 to 250 employees per year until 2016. This will add up to 1000 to 1250 departures in France by 2016.

The downsizing will affect support functions (8,000 employees worldwide). Areva is also expecting to close two sites in the US, but this has yet to be confirmed. Areva's CEO had announced, after discussions with the French Prime Minister in mid-November 2011, that the company would not dismiss employees in France.

The European Works Council has requested Areva to refrain from implementing any measures before it was fully informed and consulted.


  • 12 December 2011: La Tribune (www.latribune.fr)
  • 20 October 2011: AFP Liaisons (www.lesechos.fr)
  • 18 October 2011: L'Expansion ()
  • 20 October 2011: L'Expansion ()


Eurofound (2011), Areva, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 72600, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72600.