Spain's prime minister pledges support for automotive sector after Nissan plant closure

Spain’s prime minister pledges support for automotive sector after Nissan plant closure

BARCELONA — Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday the government will launch an aid program for the country’s automotive industry following a decision by Nissan to close its plant in Barcelona.

Last Thursday Nissan announced it would shut the plant employing 3,000 people from December as part of global cost cuts, prompting angry demonstrations by workers.

Sanchez told a press conference that at the next cabinet meeting his government would agree aid to improve competitiveness in the automotive sector, and propose tax and labor benefits as well as ways to improve company liquidity.

Earlier the government said it could seek an alternative partner to keep the plant open.

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