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Commission proposes €2.3 million from Globalisation Fund for former workers of First Solar in Germany

16/10/2013 Solar panels in Germany

The European Commission has proposed to provide Germany with €2.3m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 875 workers made redundant by the solar modules manufacturer First Solar Manufacturing GmbH.

The funds requested by the German authorities would help the workers with their re-integration into employment. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.

Germany applied for support from the EGF following the dismissal of 1,244 workers of First Solar Manufacturing GmbH. Of the total number of redundant workers, 875 are expected to participate in the EGF co-funded measures. These include support services and job search, training courses leading to new qualifications, training management, workshops and peer groups, follow-up and aftercare, in-depth business creation advice, activation grant and subsistence allowance.

The total estimated cost of the package is €4.6 million, of which the EGF would provide 50%.


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