BRUSSELS -- The European Commission opened a probe on Wednesday to see if 12.28 million euros ($14.41 million) worth of aid to Ford Motor Co.'s plant in Genk, Belgium, is compatible with European Union state aid rules.
The EU executive said it was concerned the proposed aid from the Flemish regional government to fund a training program at the plant could distort competition inside the 25-nation bloc.
"There is a risk that this aid simply covers operating expenses at the Genk plant. I am therefore eager to receive further details on the proposed measure," EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement.
The Commission said the total cost of the training program was 33.84 million euros. Ford opened the Genk plant in 1964 and has produced more than 12 million cars there. The automaker employs 4,946 staff at the plant, the Commission said.