Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Belgium, Luxembourg
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Household Goods
46.46 - Wholesale of pharmaceutical goods

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 May 2014
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The pharmaceutical company MSD has announced restructuring measures which will affect its establishments in Belgium and Luxembourg and will result in 150 job losses. MSD is going through a large, worldwide restructuring of the mother company Merck & Co. On 10th May 2014, the company announced its intention to implement changes in the administration, sales and marketing departments in its establishments in Belgium and Luxembourg, which currently employ 417 people.

The division of the job losses between the two establishments is not yet reported.

In April 2014, another 24 employees lost their jobs in the company’s production establishment (1,400 employees) in Heist-op-den-Berg (Belgium).


  • 10 May 2014: De Tijd
  • 10 May 2014: De Standaard
  • 9 May 2014: L'Echo


Eurofound (2014), MSD, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 77124, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77124.