The European Commission has proposed to provide Italy with €3.6 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 856 former workers of information technology services company Agile S.r.l. to find new jobs.
The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
Italy applied for support from the EGF for 1,257 workers made redundant by Agile S.r.l.. Of the redundant workers, 856 are expected to benefit from the EGF co-financed measures.
The package is designed to help the workers by offering them career advice and skills assessment, outplacement and job-search assistance, vocational training and skills upgrades, postgraduate education, entrepreneurship promotion and contribution to business start-up, hiring benefits, mentoring after reintegration into work, job-search allowances and contributions towards special expenses such as contribution for carers of dependent persons, contribution to commuting expenses and contribution to the expenses for moving their residence to take up a new job.
The total estimated cost of the package is approximately €5.6 million, of which the EGF would provide €3.6 million.