In accordance with current employment regulations and certain employment contracts, the Group is obliged to pay indemnities to employees who are dismissed under certain conditions. The Group recognised expenses of 5,751 thousand euros for this item in 2018 (12,632 thousand euros in 2017).

The consolidated balance sheet at 31 December 2018 includes, pursuant to IFRS (IAS 37), a provision of 1,058 thousand euros for this item (6,429 thousand euros at 31 December 2017).