Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - AT/Austria Tabak from Austria
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 26/03/2013 First transmission: 26/03/2013
On 20 December 2011, Austria submitted an application for a financial contribution for Austria Tabak GmbH from the EGF (European Globalisation Adjustment Fund), following the redundancies in this enterprise and in 14 suppliers and downstream producers in Austria. The Commission has concluded that the conditions for a financial contribution are met. Austria argues that the cigarette and tobacco products manufacturing industry in the EU has been seriously affected by changes in world trade patterns, in particular a significant reduction of the EU market share and delocalisation of production to third countries. Austria also points out that there is and will be a sharp increase in demand in tobacco products in the emerging Asian countries and in Russia, China, Russia and Indonesia.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Brussels
||General views of the meeting room, views during the vote (11 shots)
||Final vote : 34 voters,; 28 in favour; 4 against, 2 abstention (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Frédéric DAERDEN, rapporteur (S&D, BE): "
An important element was first to make it accepted , to have a support of 4 million Euros from the EU, coming to support the workers training. In terms of formation, trainings what will allow them to acquire new skills and therefore recover a new job.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Frédéric DAERDEN, rapporteur (S&D, BE): "Obviously the European support is not there to replace the member states or the enterprises are supposed to give. That must be a complementary bonus. We want to underline this fact to not have any shifts between those point, it is important to have a good follow up if we want to truly help the workers.
I insist on the fact that the crises criteria - which before was a criterion allowing to request the found support, and unfortunately now has been suspended this year - must be reintegrated. Because we are still in a crises period, a crises which unfortunately is still going on, touching a lot of countries, a lot of sectors, so there is a need that in the context the revision of this European Globalisation Adjustment Fund we can help a maximum of workers".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Frédéric DAERDEN, rapporteur (S&D, BE): "It is the member state the one who have to request the EU to have this support . How this file is builder up? first is the enterprise together with the social partners, the unions, this is how the files are better structured , we can see that on regularly bases . So they have to request to the state or the region there are in, to build up the file, which is supporter by the member state, and than is given to the Commission. Unfortunately the procedures are quite long, but this is the way that make that this requests come here, at the Parliament, and we are giving our agreement to allow the financial support to be given".