European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-2020: - extracts from the report by Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE) recorded 10/12

Type: News   Reference: 95253   Duration: 00:04:50  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/12/2013   First transmission: 11/12/2013
EU aid to redundant workers would continue from 2014, and broaden to new groups of workers, such as the self-employed and those on temporary contracts, under a provisional deal struck by employment and social affairs MEPs and the Lithuanian Presidency. If approved in plenary on Wednesday, the new European Globalisation Adjustment Fund will take effect on 1 January 2014. Parliament also pushed to extend the scope of the EGF in the 2014-2020 budget period in order to provide aid for people who have lost their jobs as a result of the economic crisis as well as supporting those suffering the impact of globalisation, which is the main purpose of the fund. The threshold for triggering support is 500 redundancies. The instrument co-finances active labour market measures (for example training and retraining, guidance) helping workers who lost their jobs to reintegrate into the labour market.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), Rapporteur : "The Commission in its report tells us that the reintegration rate of the European Globalization fund participants is 48%, it's certainly varies between Member States, but that's a good outcome. We also know that the personalize tailor-made package that targets workers are effective, in that they reach the harder to reach workers, those for example who are older or those who have lower educational attainments." 00:00:29
00:00:39 SOUNDBITE (English) Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), Rapporteur : "We have broaden the categories of workers who can apply to the Fund, it now includes self-employed, temporary agencies." 00:00:11
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (English) Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE), Rapporteur : "We've also significantly broaden the eligible beneficiaries to include an equal number of needs, that is those not in education, employment or training, equal to the number of redundant workers for whom the application was made in the first place, provided that the application is in a region which is eligible for the youth employment initiative. EGF support will therefore assist young unemployed as well as redundant workers. The Fund originally was 3 billions, it's now just over a billion, it's a significant decrease and we have a possible doubling of the number of applicants, I sincerely hope that the amount we have will be sufficient." 00:00:34
00:01:24 SOUNDBITE (English) Laszlo ANDOR Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion : "The legislative proposal is very timely, coming as it does while a majority of our Member States continue to experience the repercussions of the global financial and economic crisis. In addition, besides all the positive things that globalization brings, we shall inevitably continue to address also the punctual adjustments it entails when it forces companies to close or to relocate. The new design of the EGF will I believe serve the purpose of providing relief to the affected workers. We now have a fund which has a wider scope it can be called upon in cases of both globalization and crisis." 00:00:44
00:02:08 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Alda SOUSA (GUE/NGL, PT), Committee on Budgets, saying that the EGF brings support to those workers who are mostly in need for support and training, but alas won't be sufficient as long as the European union won't set a legal frame to regulate relocations and fake restructuration and obliging multinationals to support by themselves the cost of their hazardous experiments. 00:00:58
00:03:06 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Patricia d der KAMMEN (NI, NL) : English translation : ""The globalization fund is actually designed to make unemployment worst, if placed in the hands of major companies, and employers should be able to draw on a EGF. This actually makes imbalances worst. Entrepreneurs who are thinking about their business and production find themselves their risk taken over by society, this has a distorting effect on competition, this means that major companies, in particular, are able to transfer their costs to taxpayers." 00:00:43
00:03:49 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Mara BIZZOTTO (EFD, IT) : English translation : "The majority of the redundant workers won't find a new job or will have to accept precarious solutions, not because EGF wouldn't work, but since there is no work. If the Commission really intends to rebuild the European work market, it should put a break on the excessive openness to European market to developing countries. As long Europe won't change attitude towards global commercial flows, our companies will keep going to bankruptcy. Let's be honest : the EGF is discrete temporary support, but training courses won't be enough to allow redundant workers to find the serenity and the security to whom each worker is entitled to pretend." 00:00:41
00:04:30 SOUNDBITE (English) Emer COSTELLO (S&S, IE) : "My own country, Ireland, is implementing 7 EGF programmes since 2009, including one aimed at supporting 850 former technicians in Dublin, and a national programme aimed at 6000 construction workers. I know how valuable this fund is." 00:00:16
00:04:46 CUTAWAYS : 2 shots. 00:00:04
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