EU sends advisor to help restructure Czech steelworks

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The European Commission is sending an advisor to the Czech Republic to help with the restructuring of the country's steel industry.

The European Commission is sending an advisor to the Czech Republic to help with the restructuring of the country's steel industry. The advisor's task is to assess the government's plans to bail out troubled steelworks and then privatise them.

The situation in the steel industry has been preventing the Czech Republic from closing the national economy chapter of EU accession negotiations. Based on the assessment, the European Commission will decide whether state assistance to the steel companies is justified.