In November last year, the company announced it would lay off 680 of its 3,200 employees, due to falling demand on the European car market. Almost 500 employees volunteered to leave by the beginning of this year. Workers’ representatives have been trying to determine the employer to limit the layoffs to nearly 500.

 Ford has invested EUR 1 billion in the Craiova plant since 2008. It manufactures there the  EcoBoost engine and assembles the Ford B-Max model. (source: