Hopes are growing that a £40 million aid package for
Nissan’s factory in Sunderland will be given the green light by the European
Commission following top level talks.
The aid from the UK Government would increase the likelihood
of the new Micra super-mini being built at the plant, which is one of the most
productive in Europe.
Nissan is expected to announce later this month whether the
new car will be built in the UK or somewhere in mainland Europe.
Tom Watson, the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical
Union’s political organiser and Fraser Kemp, MP for Houghton and Washington,
met EC representatives in Brussels to push for the approval of the aid package.
A union spokesman said the meeting had been very productive
and both Mr Kemp and Mr Watson were hopeful about a positive result.
By Ben Willmott