Vote on European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014 - 2020): - extracts from the vote - statement by Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), rapporteur EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Type: News   Reference: 87544   Duration: 00:02:08  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 06/11/2012   First transmission: 06/11/2012
MEPs in the Employment Committee voted a proposal to continue the EGF aimed at providing support for workers made redundant as a result of globalization for the next long-term budget period. MEPs proposed not only to continue but also to extend the scope of the EGF to include temporary contract as well as the self-employed, such as farmers. With up to € 500 million available each year, the EGF helps workers find new jobs and develop new skills when they have lost their jobs as a result of: changing global trade patterns, e.g. when a large company shuts down or a factory is moved to outside the EU or global financial and economic crisis. EGF funding has been available for this since 1 May 2009 and is due to end on 30 December 2011. However, the Commission has proposed extending this provision until 31 December 2013 (when the whole EGF Regulation must be reviewed).

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Views during the vote (4 shots) Vote Result: Total voters 41 In favor 35 Against 3 Abstention 3 00:00:56
00:01:06 SOUNDBITE(English) Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), rapporteur "I really fight to defend the European Globalisation Fund in itself because this is a solidarity measure. This is a measure that is very useful. 100.000 workers have already applied for a received funding under EGF. That's a lot of workers plus 21 member states. There is a blocking minority in Council and I worked very strong message to vote to Council from this Committee that we want to see a continuation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund." 00:00:35
00:01:41 SOUNDBITE(English) Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), rapporteur "What we have done is that we included all workers on a network single basis. In my view all workers (self employed, unemployed, managers, farmers) we did not name anybody specifically, all workers all included because if you are redundant, if you lost your job, then you can unveil of retraining or up skill or start a new business, that is good for you, is good for the economy, and is good for Europe." 00:00:27
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