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The European Commission approved four applications from the Netherlands for assistance from the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
The applications will now be put before the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union for decision. If approved, the € 5.8 million requested will help 1,764 workers made redundant by 101 enterprises in the printing sector back into employment.
The Dutch applications relate to 1,764 redundancies in 101 enterprises in the printing and publishing sector. The dismissals were a consequence of the financial and economic crisis which resulted in a substantial decrease in demand from the graphic media industry.
The package of EGF assistance will help these workers on their way back into employment by offering them: recognition of prior experience, training and re-training, job to job accompaniment and support for business creation. The total estimated cost of the package is € 9 million, of which the European Union has been asked to provide EGF assistance of € 5.8 million.