Statement by Jonathan Todd on the proposition of the EC to grant €6.4 million from Globalisation Fund for Danish shipbuilding workers
On 4 June 2012, Jonathan Todd, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, announced that the European Commission proposed to provide Denmark with €6.4 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 550 redundant workers in the shipbuilding sector with their re-integration into the labour market. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
The Danish application relates to 968 redundancies from Odense Steel Shipyard and four of its suppliers. Of the total 968 redundant workers, 550 workers with the biggest difficulties for their re-integration into the labour market are targeted for assistance from the EGF. The package will help the workers by offering them vocational education in areas with employment potential such as tourism, energy technology, robotics, landscaping and design; entrepreneurship courses and on-going advice and mentoring for entrepreneurs; incentives to start a new business and incentives for young workers to return to education; as well as the necessary subsistence allowances.
These measures have been carefully designed to help the workers find jobs in sectors with a promising future. In addition, they go beyond what the Danish system can currently offer unemployed people and, if successful, will be applied more generally in future. SHOTLIST