The payments will help 660 dismissed workers back into employment, following their redundancy in the sectors of food industry and production of machinery.
EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers met on 19 May in Brussels. The main agenda item for employment and social inclusion was the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020.
Belgian law currently obliges candidates wishing to work in the local public sector in its Dutch, French and German speaking regions to obtain a specific language certificate issued in Belgium as proof of linguistic knowledge if they have not followed education in the language of the region.
A €8 million loan agreement has been signed with the Romanian Microfinance Institution Patria Credit as part of the European Progress Microfinance Facility.
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 53% of young people in Europe are willing or keen to work in another European country, but lack of cash discourages many of them from taking a first step towards this by spending part of their education abroad.
Unemployment in the EU remained stable in March 2011. While the labour markets still show steady signs of recovery in some Member States, in others they continued to decline, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet.
The grant will help 1775 redundant workers in the wind turbines industry and in the shipbuilding sector to find new jobs.
A five-day programme of events in the Italian city of Florence from 6-10 May will promote 'Youth on the Move', the EU initiative aimed at improving education, tackling youth unemployment and encouraging study and training abroad.