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Commission proposes €5.2 million from Globalisation Fund for former social workers in Austria

19/10/2012 A social worker helping an elderly man

The European Commission today proposed to provide Austria with €5.2 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 350 workers made redundant by enterprises providing social assistance in Steiermark (Styria, Austria).

The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.

Austria applied for support from the EGF for 1,050 redundancies in 105 welfare providers, limited liability companies and small enterprises operating in the social work sector in Steiermark. The application was filed under the derogation that existed from May 2009 until the end of 2011 for the EGF to be used for measures to help people made redundant as a result of the financial and economic crisis.

The package of EGF co-funded measures aims to help the dismissed workers by offering them advisory services, such as career guidance and active job search support, various types of training including training towards business creation, as well as allowances for the duration of the training and job search activities.

The total estimated cost of the package is approximately €8 million, of which the EGF would provide €5.2 million. Some 350 workers are expected to participate in the measures.

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