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The European Commission has today proposed to provide Sweden with €5.4m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1350 workers made redundant by Saab and 16 of its suppliers.
The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
The Swedish application relates to 3748 redundancies which occurred in Saab Automobile AB and its subsidiary Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and 16 subcontractors. Of the total redundant workers, 1350 are expected to participate in the EGF co-funded measures.
Sweden proposes EGF measures and actions which go beyond what the Public Employment Service would normally offer, so that it works with an "extended toolkit" to find tailor-made solutions. The EGF measures foreseen include: job-search support, vocational guidance, validation of experience and labour market training, work placement and job-search support, support for business start-ups and mobility allowances, all for a longer duration or at greater intensity than would normally be possible.
A particular focus of all the measures proposed is the move towards 'green' jobs, where Sweden is one of the leading players at international level. Forecasts predict future labour shortages in this area, which the EGF measures could help to avert.
The total estimated cost of the EGF package is approximately €11 million, of which the EGF would provide half, i.e. €5.4 million.