Statement by Jonathan Todd on the proposition of the EC to grant €6.4 million from Globalisation Fund for Danish shipbuilding workers
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 04/06/2012 First transmission: 04/06/2012
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.
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||Soundbite by Jonathan Todd, Spokesperson in charge of Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, (in ENGLISH): The European Commission has just proposed that just over 6.5 million euros be allocated from the European Globalisation Fund to help some 550 workers who have been made redundant at the Odense Steel Shipyard. This shipyard used to make very, very large containers carriers, but this trade is now shifted to Asia, and as a result these workers need to find new types of employment.
The money that has been proposed by the Commission, would be used to help to reach train this workers in new skills, for example in the energy sector, in the tourism sector and also to encourage redundant workers to set up their own businesses, so this helps for entrepreneurship as well. This is the second amount of money from the Globalisation Fund for redundant workers from Odense Steel Shipyard. In August 2011, we gave some 14 million euros for the first wave of workers made redundant. This is for the second and final wave of redundancies. In the meantime, the workers have been finishing off the ships that were already under construction. But this is a good example of how the Globalisation Fund can help workers to find alternative employment when there are large carrier's redundancies caused by the shift of production to areas outside of Europe.