Hewlett-Packard, Wednesday, will cut a total of 5,900 positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as it continues its restructuring efforts following the acquisition of Compaq.

The company made the announcement to employees in those regions late Tuesday, without announcing a breakdown of where or when the layoffs will occur, said Monica Sarkar, an HP spokeswoman. After its Compaq acquisition, HP has about 46,000 employees in EMEA.

HP chairman and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina has said that 15,000 jobs would be cut from the combined company worldwide as a result of the acquisition.

About two thirds of those job cuts are expected to take place before November, with the remaining cuts taking place by the close of HP's fiscal year 2003, which ends October 31, 2003. Fiorina has pledged that lay offs and other reorganization efforts will reduce operating costs by $2.5 billion by the end of fiscal year 2003.