Stakeholder Consultation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
The EPIO Dublin and Marian Harkin MEP Rapporteur for the EGF, held a consultation in the offices of the European Parliament at 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 today (Friday 1 April) with stakeholders from a cross section of Irish society to examine the operation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund and to look at recommendations to improve it for the future.
Participants representing a broad range of stakeholders took part; these included Solas, Dept. of Social Protection, CIF, Congress, SIPTU, Dublin Dun Laoghaire, ETB, Dept. of Education, Andersen Irl EGT Programme, LTAI EGT Programme, TALK TALK EGF Programme
Following the meeting Marian Harkin said
“The consultation with Stakeholders identified success achieved to date through the implementation of the Globalisation Fund and proposals for improvements. The EGF has worked well for redundant workers and can be improved to ensure that all available funds are utilised to support redundant workers and young people living in areas affected by redundancies.”
The EGF was set up to assist redundant workers to access education and training or to start their own business. The Fund provides support to people who lose their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, e.g. when a large company shuts down or production is moved outside the EU, or as a result of the global economic and financial crisis.
The EGF has a maximum annual budget of EUR 150 million for the period 2014-2020. It can fund up to 60% of the cost of projects designed to help workers made redundant find another job or set up their own business.
Ireland has made 10 successful applications to the EGF.
Seven were submitted following large scale redundancies arising from the closure of facilities at Dell, Waterford Crystal, SR Technics (all in 2009), Talk Talk (2011), Andersen Ireland, Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (2014) and PWA International (2015).
The other three applications were sectorial and provided supports for workers who were made redundant between July 2009 and March 2010 in sub-sectors of the construction industry namely:
- NACE 41 – workers and apprentices previously employed by companies involved in the construction of residential and non-residential buildings;
- NACE 43 – workers and apprentices previously employed in companies providing a range of trades allied to construction (e.g., plastering, carpentry, painting, roofing etc.); and.
- NACE 71 – workers previously employed in companies providing architectural and engineering services.