Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

275 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 January 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 February 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


Electrabel a Belgian energy producer, has announced cost saving measures that would involve a reduction of staff by 275 employees. The company wants to reduce costs by €430 m by 2018. The company indicates that no direct dismissals will take place. Instead a system of voluntary leave has been announced whereby employees 53 years and older are able to leave the company and continue to receive a part of their wage in return. The employees affected are mainly administrative and support staff. There was a muted reaction by unions and employees to the announcement as in 2013 a similar operation took place.


  • 20 January 2017: De Tijd
  • 21 January 2017: De Standaard


Eurofound (2017), Engie Electrabel, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 89835, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89835.