EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change


The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media in each EU member state. It has been in existence since 2002.

The map displays the most recent cases. Nation-wide cases are displayed next to the country name.

Recent restructuring cases

The database is updated daily and grows at a rate of approximately 20-30 new entries a week. To date, more than 25,000 restructuring events have been recorded.

In order to be included in the database, an individual case of restructuring must involve the announced loss or creation of at least 100 jobs, or employment effects affecting at least 10% of a workforce of more than 250 people. A restructuring statistics tool is available to explore summary data from the restructuring events database by country, sector and restructuring type.

Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

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Announcement date Country Companysorter faldende Restructuring type Sector Planned job creation Planned job reductions min
11/12/2007 Germany Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 190
17/01/2008 Netherlands Unilever Business expansion Manufacturing 150
01/12/2008 World Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 250
01/04/2009 Germany Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 170
17/09/2009 Czechia Unilever Offshoring/Delocalisation Manufacturing 634
08/02/2012 Poland Unilever Business expansion Manufacturing 100
07/06/2012 Spain Unilever Closure Manufacturing 166
26/03/2013 Germany Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 110
15/09/2015 Italy Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 50
04/07/2016 Netherlands Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 43
28/03/2018 United Kingdom Unilever Offshoring/Delocalisation Manufacturing 113
22/10/2018 Italy Unilever Internal restructuring Manufacturing 106
03/10/2018 Spain Unilever Closure Retail 268
28/03/2019 Belgium Unilever Offshoring/Delocalisation Manufacturing 126